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Alicia Silverstone Shares Anne Heche Photos Playing Sorry, “Our Children Became Friends”

Upon hearing the tragic news of fellow actress Anne Heche, who was reported as brain dead after a car collison, Alicia Silverstone (Clueless) is sending love to Anne’s family, whom she’s knows well. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alicia Silverstone (@aliciasilverstone) With the series of photos above, Alicia writes about her dear friend, Anne Heche: “She was my favorite actress that I have ever worked with.” She added, “We became close after working together and our children became friends.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Company X Marketing (@companyxmarketing) Swipe to see photos of Anne playing the board game Sorry with their children. As seen in the trailer above, Alicia and...

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How to grow apricot trees from store-bought stone fruit

Charlyn Moltane, who gardens in Fountain Valley, emailed as follows: “My friend in Garden Grove has grown four apricot trees from the seeds of store-bought fruit. These trees are now five feet tall and bear small, great-tasting apricots. I have now saved 12 pits from large store-bought apricots. How should I plant them?” Each apricot pit contains a single seed. If you wanted to sprout a seed from an apricot you picked from a tree, you would need to put it (or its pit) in the refrigerator for 4-6 weeks to mimic the cold necessary for apricot seeds to germinate. However, store-bought apricots (and their seeds) have generally received an equivalent post-harvest cold storage chill so that you do not have to refrigerate them prior to planting. It is advisable to carefully crack open the pit wit

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Shippers prepare for worst as Rhine levels near critical low

Shipping companies prepared to halt the transport of goods on the Rhine as water levels in Germany's biggest river neared a critically low point Saturday. An ongoing drought affecting much of Europe has lowered rivers such as the Rhine, preventing large ships with heavy loads from passing key waypoints and forcing them to use smaller vessels or to split cargoes into multiple shipments. At one bottleneck, near the town of Kaub on the Middle Rhine, an official gauge measured the water level at 37 centimeters (14.6 inches) on Saturday afternoon. Big, heavy ships can't pass if the level falls below 40 centimeters (15.7 inches). While the depth of the shipping lane in Kaub was still about 150 centimeters (59 inches), experts say passage becomes tricky even for light or specially adapted cargo ...

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History San Jose shows off some of its strangest treasures

If you’ve ever gone through boxes in your garage, you’ve probably found some pretty odd and interesting items — old concert T-shirts, a Girl Scout uniform, maybe a “monkey wearing a fez hat” candle that you don’t even remember stealing from a New York bar. It’s all stuff you’d never part with but wouldn’t exactly put out for company. History San Jose’s collection center is like a massive version of that garage, and instead of continuing to hide away those strange artifacts, they’re being displayed with pride at “Valley Memories: Curiosities & Treasures from History San Jose’s Collection,” a new exhibit that opened at History Park on Thursday. A collection of colorful telephone insulators are among the items on display at History San Jose’s new exhibition, “Valley Memories,” which opene

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From ‘Blonde’ to ‘Star Wars,’ Hollywood Needs to Accept Actors’ Accents (Column)

“Andor” Lucasfilm Ltd. Luna argued against another trope that stigmatizes accents: the tendency to have actors speak in accented English in situations where the characters should realistically talk in their native language. “I did many of those, but would not do them again,” he said. “Let’s make sure when they are at home talking to their kids that they also speak that language they would be speaking there. I don’t want to make anyone feel bad about this, but let’s put it from my perspective. I want to be respectful to the story and the context of the characters.” He noted that the resistance to using foreign-language over accents has been negated by the popularity of foreign-language shows, including his own “Narcos” on Netflix. “It’s much bigger in countries where they speak languages o

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Iranian Newspaper Praises Salman Rushdie’s Attacker

Sean ZanniIranian newspapers have celebrated the attack on Salman Rushdie with the Kayhan newspaper—whose editor-in-chief is appointed by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei—sending his assailant “a thousand bravos.” Rushdie, who has been the subject of a fatwa by Iran since 1989 following the publication of his novel The Satanic Verses, is on a ventilator and at risk of losing an eye after he was stabbed at a literary event in western New York. Iran’s government is yet to comment on the attack but several of its newspapers have applauded the suspect, who police have identified as 24-year-old Hadi Matar from Fairview, New Jersey. at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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TFI Friday actually did a segment called Fat Lookalikes discovered in resurfaced clip: ‘TV in the 90s was something else’

TikTok users raised their eyebrows at a segment in the original TFI Friday (Picture: TikTok)With guest hosts including the Spice Girls and Elton John, TFI Friday was an iconic entertainment show that really could be described as peak 90s television. Presented (for the most part) by Chris Evans, the Channel 4 programme was famed for its eccentric segments including the ‘Fishbowl Challenge’ which, er, saw a goldfish pick one of two toy bridges to swim under first. However, some of the raucous show’s regular features have not aged so well, with a resurfaced clip doing the rounds on TikTok raising a few eyebrows. The video is a montage of the Fat Lookalikes sections which, as the name suggests, saw regular people put themselves forward as ‘larger’ doppelgängers of various celebrities,

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Paul Merson slams Harry Maguire and tells Erik ten Hag to change system

Paul Merson has urged Erik ten Hag to change formation to get the best out of Harry Maguire (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has urged Erik ten Hag to change system or risk hanging Harry Maguire out to dry against Brentford this afternoon. The England defender has endured a torrid 18 months during which his formed has dipped alarmingly. Maguire has been handed something of a vote of confidence by his new manager, however, and retained his place in the starting XI against Brighton last week alongside summer recruit Lisandro Martinez. The former Leicester defender, however, look out of sort and ill-equipped, like many of his teammates, to carry out Ten Hag’s instructions. Merson fears Maguire’s lack of pace will continue to be exposed should Ten Hag persist with a four man defenc...

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2 children, 3 adults seriously hurt in crash on I-295 at Duval Road, officials say

Two children and three adults were transported with serious injuries after a crash Saturday morning on the city’s Northside, according to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. The Florida Highway Patrol website shows it happened shortly after 9:05 a.m. on southbound Interstate 295 south of Duval Road. The right lane was blocked at last check, according to FHP. The number of vehicles involved and the circumstances surrounding the crash were not immediately clear. ...read more Source:: Headlines News4jax...

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Russian shelling heavy in east; Ukraine strikes key bridge

Russia's military pounded residential areas across Ukraine overnight, claiming gains, as Ukrainian forces pressed a counteroffensive to try to take back an occupied southern region, striking the last working bridge over a river in the Russian-occupied Kherson region, Ukrainian authorities said Saturday. A Russian rocket attack on the city of Kramatorsk killed three people and wounded 13 others Friday night, according to the mayor. Kramatorsk is the headquarters for Ukrainian forces in the country's war-torn east. The attack came less than a day after 11 other rockets were fired at the city, one of the two main Ukrainian-held ones in Donetsk province, the focus of an ongoing Russian offensive to capture eastern Ukraine's Donbas region. The Russian Defense Ministry claimed Saturday its forc

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JK Rowling ‘feeling sick’ after Salman Rushdie stabbed in neck – with other notable figures expressing horror

Celebrities and politicians have expressed their shock following the attack on the author (Picture: PA/REX)JK Rowling and Stephen King are among the notable figures speaking out after the Sir Salman Rushdie attack. The Harry Potter author said she is ‘feeling sick’ after Sir Salman was stabbed on stage in New York. The Indian-born British author, 75, whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was set to deliver a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution when the incident occurred, leaving him with an apparent stab wound to the neck. As he was transported to hospital by helicopter, with his condition unclear, a number of authors took to social media to voice their disbelief following the ‘horrific’ incident. Rowling, wrote on Twitter: ‘Horrifying news. Feeling very

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How the Rose Bowl rose – 100 years ago this year

It’s not always easy to picture Pasadena’s lush, green Arroyo Seco as little more than a rocky canyon filled with dirt and debris. But it’s an apt description for the area as it was in the late 1800s to the early 1900s, as transplants from the East Coast and Midwest journeyed here. Within a few decades, that rocky canyon in the northwest, at the base of the San Gabriels, would become the home of the Rose Bowl stadium — a stunning, city-owned jewel of an arena that has stood though the region’s population explosion, through 17 presidential administrations, multiple wars, the Great Depression and Recession, disco, myriuad models of cars and the traffic they comprise and a changing Southern California. And now — even amid the tumult of a troubled world a pandemic and deepening political divid

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Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Aug. 13-20

A Jazz Vespers is held at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at Northridge United Methodist Church located on Reseda Boulevard. (Google Street View)Here is a sampling of upcoming faith gatherings in the San Fernando Valley area.   Aug. 13   Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church: The church holds a contemporary service at 5 p.m. Also, a traditional/blended service, 10 a.m. on Sunday. Rev. Titus Utecht is the pastor. The church’s August newsletter, the Oakleaves: bit.ly/3vDOzna. The church is located at 14847 Dickens St. 818-789-0215. www.facebook.com/ShermanOaksLutheran. shermanoakslutheran.org   Aug. 14   The Healing Christ Abides Within Me: The Rev. Michael McMorrow delivers the message at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services. The theme for August is “Vitality.” Center for Spiritual Living — Granada Hills, 17622 Chatsworth

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Rose Bowl at 100: Building on its history, this ‘neighborhood stadium’ has many more stories to tell

I would not be here to write this if there weren’t a Rose Bowl. Check that — not quite true. I would not be here to write this if some enterprising Pasadenans hadn’t taken advantage of a national craze for college football in the early 20th century and decided to hold an annual New Year’s Day gridiron contest right here in the Crown City, even before there was a Rose Bowl to play it in. By enterprising I mean “interested in making money.” The rich folks of the Valley Hunt Club who started the Tournament of Roses in the late 19th century already had their money, as do their descendants who still belong to the Valley Hunt. The Tournament of Roses volunteers were increasingly of the burgher type, the entrepreneurs who came to Pasadena to serve the relatively old-money Midwesterners and Easter

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Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, and More Big Names Have Shorts Officially Vying for Oscars Consideration

Who would’ve thought the Oscars to be the venue for a possible “Bad Blood” reunion? Former collaborators Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar, who are each musicians with Grammy wins in the double digits, are now both officially eligible for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. On Swift’s end, she has already hired a consulting firm to guide an awards campaign for “All Too Well: The Short Film,” the project she wrote and directed, which stars Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, and is soundtracked to her No. 1 hit “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version).” The pop icon and budding filmmaker, who will soon be seen in the upcoming David O. Russell movie “Amsterdam,” screened her short for one week in November of last year at the AMC Lincoln Square in New York. Swift also made an appearance at this su

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