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Wilko Johnson, Game of Thrones Star and Dr. Feelgood Guitarist, Dies at 75

Roberto Ricciuti/GettyWilko Johnson, the Dr. Feelgood guitarist and Game of Thrones actor, has died at the age of 75. The British musician passed away at home on Monday, according to a statement posted on his social media accounts. Johnson had been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2013 and opted not to receive chemotherapy. At the time of his diagnosis, he was told he would have—at most—10 months to live. Two years earlier, Johnson had made his acting debut in the first season of Game of Thrones, playing mute executioner Ser Ilyn Payne, a role which he reprised in Season Two. at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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Minister who helped welcome 100,000 Ukraine refugees will help with cladding crisis

Lord Richard Harrington has joined Intelligent FS as chairman and director (Picture: PA)The former minister for refugees has joined a leading construction company which helps tackle Britain’s cladding crisis. Lord Richard Harrington has joined Intelligent FS as chairman and director, in order to provide expert advice on tackling highly flammable construction materials across the country. The Conservative peer previously served as the Minister for Refugees between March and September this year, helping the Government welcome more than 100,000 Ukrainians fleeing Putin’s invasion. Lord Harrington said: ‘Intelligent FS has already contributed significantly to the removal of dangerous cladding on buildings. There is an incredible amount of work still to be done and the team at Intel...

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Walmart manager opens fire in break room, killing 6

By ALEX BRANDON CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A Walmart manager opened fire on fellow employees in the break room of a Virginia store, killing six people in the country’s second high-profile mass shooting in four days, police and a witness said Wednesday. The gunman, who apparently shot himself, was dead when police found him, Chesapeake Police Chief Mark G. Solesky said. There was no clear motive for the shooting, which also put four people in the hospital. The store was busy just before the attack Tuesday night with people stocking up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, a shopper told a local TV station. Employee Briana Tyler said workers had gathered in the store’s break room as they typically did ahead of their shifts. “I looked up, and my manager just opened the door and he just opened fire,”

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Walmart manager opens fire in break room, killing 6

By ALEX BRANDON CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A Walmart manager opened fire on fellow employees in the break room of a Virginia store, killing six people in the country’s second high-profile mass shooting in four days, police and a witness said Wednesday. The gunman, who apparently shot himself, was dead when police found him, Chesapeake Police Chief Mark G. Solesky said. There was no clear motive for the shooting, which also put four people in the hospital. The store was busy just before the attack Tuesday night with people stocking up ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, a shopper told a local TV station. Employee Briana Tyler said workers had gathered in the store’s break room as they typically did ahead of their shifts. “I looked up, and my manager just opened the door and he just opened fire,”

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Sir Michael Parkinson calls Fifa boss ‘beyond redemption’ during scathing attack on World Cup 2022: ‘Let him crawl away and wither’

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Sir Michael Parkinson has ripped into football and the Word Cup, claiming it has ‘nothing to do with anyone except bent millionaires.’ This year’s contest has been controversial for taking place in Qatar, where there are strict anti-LGBTQ+ laws and a severe lack of protections for women. Several workers, including a 40-year-old British man, also died while constructing the stadium. Stars, including Dua Lipa and Si Rod Stewart, have strongly condemned the human rights situation in the Arab host country, turning down lucrative offers to perform. Meanwhile, comedian Joe Lycett gave David Beckham an ultimatum to drop his multimillion-pound

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Dame Helen Mirren still loves ex Liam Neeson ‘deeply’ but they weren’t meant to be together

Dame Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson lived together for four years in the 1980s (Picture: Rex)Dame Helen Mirren has opened up about her former relationship with actor Liam Neeson, admitting the couple were never meant to be. The actress, 77, dated the Taken star, 70, between 1980 and 1985, and while she admits she still loves Liam, they were not meant to be as a romantic couple. Speaking in a new AARP The Magazine cover story via People, Helen admitted: ‘We were not meant to be together in that way, but we loved each other very, very much. ‘I love him deeply to this day. He’s such an amazing guy.’ Dame Helen also revealed that she has made a shirt for each and every man she has ever dated, including Liam, but joked that they were ‘very bad shirts’. Other beneficiaries of Dame H

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After midterms, states weighing abortion protections, bans

Democrats hope to use their newfound political control in some states to guarantee that women have access to abortion, while some GOP strongholds may temper their efforts to deepen restrictions after poorer-than-expected results in the midterms. Even after their gains this month, Democrats lack the power to codify abortion rights into federal law. That puts the abortion debate squarely on the states to navigate and rework the patchwork of laws that have been in place since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. There will still be a patchwork of policies: In Minnesota, Democrats are planning to add the right to abortion into state law. In the GOP stronghold of Florida, leaders are talking about more restrictions but haven’t settled on a plan. In Pennsylvania, pickups for Democrats mean

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After midterms, states weighing abortion protections, bans

Democrats hope to use their newfound political control in some states to guarantee that women have access to abortion, while some GOP strongholds may temper their efforts to deepen restrictions after poorer-than-expected results in the midterms. Even after their gains this month, Democrats lack the power to codify abortion rights into federal law. That puts the abortion debate squarely on the states to navigate and rework the patchwork of laws that have been in place since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. There will still be a patchwork of policies: In Minnesota, Democrats are planning to add the right to abortion into state law. In the GOP stronghold of Florida, leaders are talking about more restrictions but haven’t settled on a plan. In Pennsylvania, pickups for Democrats mean

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Sarah Hyland Stuns in Itsy Bitsy Bikini, Photos by Instagram Husband

Get ready to see more of Modern Family alum Sarah Hyland. She and her husband, The Bachelor Nation reality TV star Wells Adams, are sharing photos from their honeymoon, which they spent at the Patina Maldives in Fair Islands. One night at the luxury beach resort costs an average $2,000. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sarah Hyland (@sarahhyland) When Hyland shared the insanely gorgeous photos above, of her in a itsy bitsy bandeau bikini, she wrote: “First ever #instagramhusband picture taken @patinamaldives aka Heaven.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sarah Hyland (@sarahhyland) When fellow actress Zoey Deutsch (daughter of Back to the Future star Lea Thompson and filmmaker Howard Deutsc...

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Bay Area News Group high school football predictions: Section championship weekend

We’re nearing the end of our all-in-fun Bay Area News Group picks competition. The race now between yours truly, Mike Lefkow and The Kid — aka Joseph Dycus — might be for second place as Lefkow’s lead over Dycus has shrunk to three games while my advantage over Lefkow has stretched to seven. We pick 12 games this weekend — all five Central Coast Section finals, five North Coast Section finals, the Oakland Athletic League championship game and, as a bonus, the Southern Section Division I final at Rose Bowl between Mater Dei and St. John Bosco. In the video podcast, we discuss the fascinating matchup in the CCS Division I final on Friday night between Serra and Archbishop Mitty of the West Catholic Athletic League. Serra, given the teams it has beaten and how it has played, is clearly one of

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Patton Oswalt Shares Genius Movie Solution for Home Viewing, “Wow”

Comedian, actor, writer and producer Patton Oswalt is rarely speechless, but this creative, inventive design solution for watching movies at home knocked the articulate Oswalt down to a three letter response. Of course, it was appropriate — and he did use ALL CAPS. “WOW,” wrote Oswalt, after watching and sharing this TikTok star’s home movie projector innovation. Even better than the cool design thinking — not always rare, but usually expensive — is that the woman’s tiny apartment not only swiftly transforms into a bona fide mini movie theater, but that the effect is achieved on the relative cheap. The projector and screen setup costs just $360 together, she says, at Amazon. (See link below.) WOW https://t.co/Sb7NAQOHy6— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 22, 2022 Another...

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Stephen Fry needs to reassess his friendship with JK Rowling

It is sad that Fry has chosen to maintain a friendship with someone who has faced accusations of anti-trans rhetoric (Picture: Anthony Harvey/Shutterstock)Last week, I found myself disappointed by LGBTQ+ icon Stephen Fry. It came after the writer and actor revealed he ‘won’t abandon’ his long-standing  friendship with JK Rowling – despite the deep controversy about trans issues that now, in my view, taint the author’s legacy. Seeing a member of our community, who is also such an influential person with a lot of power to potentially change people’s hearts and minds on major issues, standing by someone like that is frustrating, to say the least.  He has a responsibility to call out problematic rhetoric, especially if it comes from someone he considers a friend.  Being willing to

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Notorious drugs baron dubbed Britain’s Pablo Escobar freed from jail

Curtis ‘Cocky’ Warren walked free from Whitemoor jail in Cambridgeshire on Monday (Picture: AP)A notorious drugs baron nicknamed Britain’s Pablo Escobar has been released from maximum security prison. Curtis ‘Cocky’ Warren walked free from Whitemoor jail in Cambridgeshire on Monday after spending 14 years behind bars. The 59-year-old, once worth £200 million, will be subject to strict conditions, including a ban on the use of WhatsApp or Facebook, and must alert his police handlers a day before getting in a pal’s car. He is also prohibited from possessing more than £1,000 in cash and his finances will be closely monitored by the National Crime Agency (NCA) for five years, The Sun reports. Failure to comply with the bail conditions could land him back inside for a further five...

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Mum saved extra penny a day to save over £650 for Christmas

Kate Richards has sorted Christmas for husband Iain and their son Fred thanks to her savvy saving (Picture: SWNS)A simple money hack has saved a mum-of-one more than £650, paying for all of her Christmas presents. Kate Richards, 33, starts by saving 1p on January 1, then 2p on January 2, and so on until she reaches £3.65 on December 31. This adds up to a total of £667.95 tucked away by the end of the year – enough to sort Christmas for the whole family. The teacher, from Huddersfield, said: ‘There’s an app and it automatically moves money into your account for you. ‘By the end of the year you’ve got £667.95, and you don’t notice it coming out every day. I’ve done it since 2019 and used it every year for Christmas shopping.’ She added: ‘I already have all my presents wrappe...

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Germany players cover mouths at World Cup in FIFA protest

Germany's players covered their mouths for their team photo before their opening World Cup match in an apparent rebuke of FIFA’s clampdown on plans to wear armbands to protest discrimination in host nation Qatar. The team lined up in the traditional formation before Wednesday’s game against Japan and each of the 11 players covered their mouth with their right hand. It seemed to be a response to FIFA’s warning to the seven European federations, including Germany’s, that players would be penalized if they wore colorful “One Love” armbands as a symbol for inclusion and diversity. The seven team captains had planned to wear the armbands. Qatar has been under scrutiny for its human rights record and laws criminalizing homesexuality. Soccer's governing body issued the warning Monday just ho...

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