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Madonna Calls Out 50 Cent For “Talking” Smack About Her Risqué Photos

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“The reason they gave my management that does not handle my account was that a small portion of my nipple was exposed. It is still astounding to me that we live in a culture that allows every inch of a woman’s body to be shown except a nipple,” she wrote.

“As if that is the only part of a woman’s anatomy that could be sexualized. The nipple that nourishes the baby! Can’t a mans nipple be experienced as erotic ??!! And what about a woman’s ass which is never censored anywhere. Giving thanks that I have managed to maintain my sanity through four decades of censorship…… sexism……ageism and misogyny.”

Here’s a lesson, don’t get on Madonna’s bad side—because she’s going to use her platform to, um, express herself, hey, hey, hey, hey.

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Tristan Thompson Allegedly Expecting Baby 3, Woman Sues for Child Support

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Machine Gun Kelly Joined By Daughter Casie At ‘The Last Son’ Premiere – Hollywood Life

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Machine Gun Kelly and his daughter Casie smiled side-by-side for photos at the NYC premiere of his new Western film, ‘The Last Son.’

The Last Son premiere in New York City on Thursday, December 2 was a family affair for Machine Gun Kelly. The rapper, 31, brought along his 12-year-old daughter Casie Colson Baker to the red carpet event at IPIC Theaters Fulton Market to celebrate the launch of his new film, which also stars Heather Graham, Sam WorthingtonJames Landry Hébert, and more. MGK and his daughter, whom he welcomed in 2009 with ex Emma Cannon, looked so happy together as they posed side-by-side for cute photos on the red carpet.

Machine Gun Kelly and his daughter Casie at ‘The Last Son’ premiere in New York City on December 2, 2021 (Photo: Aurora Rose/Shutterstock)

MGK, whose real name is Colson Baker, wore a white suit, matching turtleneck, and white loafers to the event. He added to his look with a pair of square-shaped white sunglasses, as well as earrings and a bunch of jewelry on his hands and around his neck. Casie, meanwhile, looked so adorable in a black leather coat that covered a crewneck white shirt. The soon-to-be teenager also wore black leggings and matching boots, while she kept her curly, dark hair done up in a ponytail.

This is now the second Hollywood event in less than two weeks that Casie attended with her famous dad. On November 21, MGK brought his daughter as his plus one to the 2021 American Music Awards. The father-daughter duo were snapped posing on the red carpet together, before MGK took home the Favorite Rock Artist award at the show. His girlfriend Megan Fox, 35, wasn’t at the event, but just a few days later, the A-list couple took Casie and Megan’s three sons on a trip to Greece.

Fans forget at times that MGK is indeed a dad. In April 2017, he spoke to Rolling Stone about how fatherhood has affected him. “It didn’t change me until she learned to Google,” he said. “I don’t care what anyone else thinks, but I do care what she sees. So I cleaned up my act a little bit. And I’m speaking to a broader audience now. Not everyone grew up stoked on watching Mötley Crüe doing lines off the bar.”

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Social Distance, Science and Fantasy

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STOCKHOLM / ROME, Dec 3 2021 (IPS) – In these times of COVID isolation, social distance get on the nerves of several of us and the effects may be long-lasting, even endemic. Many schoolchildren have interacted and still meet with their teachers through computer networks, while the same phenomenon applies to their contact with others. Technical devices are with an ever-increasing scope becoming an integral part of all communication, teaching, and entertainment, in short – of social interaction. When it comes to education, given all the poor and even harmful educators we are forced to encounter during our lifetime, mechanization of education might be perceived as a step forward. Nevertheless, too much dependence on the internet might undoubtedly have its pitfalls; contributing to an abstraction of our existence where real adventures and life-changing encounters with other human beings become all the rarer. The world may be demystified, losing its wonder and magic.

A past closeness between storytellers and listeners is being forgotten and the spellbinding experience of listening to a good storyteller within a fascinating environment is something that many children currently are being denied. Even storytelling in the form of books and movies are becoming rarer, being replaced by video chats, podcasts, twitter and Instagram. Admittedly some video games offer a certain degree of excitement, imagination and storytelling, though most of them provide a one-way communication, which unfortunately is characterized by unbound commercialism, questionable role modeling, crude violence, nutty conspiracy theories and a glamourization of luxury and greed. Dependency on electronic “entertainment” may be even be more mind-numbing than that, for example by inducing its users to sit hour after hour trying to complete a meaningless puzzle, directing a ball through a maze, or ride a virtual motorbike across artificial hills and vales.

I came to think about this while remembering evenings I spent in isolated places. Some of the communities found there lacked electricity and within a circle lightened by a fire, or a kerosene lamp, with darkness around and the starry sky above, I had the pleasure listening to old women and men telling stories about their surroundings and way of life. Such places might by an outsider be perceived as confined and desolate, far as they are from the big city lights, crowds of strangers, stress, hustle and bustle. Nevertheless, locals may feel they are surrounded by strange creatures, by domains of powerful, spiritual forces. After days of hard work in fields and garden plots, or roaming through jungles and mountains in search of prey and food, families and friends gather on porches of ramshackle huts, or under a tree in the middle of the village, where stories are told about otherworldly inhabitants of mountains and jungles, deserts and oceans.

Narrators convey the vastness of another, though still present world, which occasionally may be manifested in what we are accustomed to call “reality”. Discrete and gentle spirits rise from springs, caves and streams to dance in the moonlight, or sinister forces sneak upon lonesome wanderers, whispering in their ears to lure them astray, to kill and devour them, or to take them away to graves and abodes of the dead, the realms of ghosts, monsters and demons.

Of course, as an educated, modern person you do not believe in those stories, but … among believers, in worlds which in spite of mundane worries seem to be alive with uncanny creatures and unknown mysteries, it may anyway be hard to remain unaffected. Old people tell us about their world and before they reminisce marvelous tales that once were told to them, they might look around and state:

“Listen to the dog howling out there in the dark. I tell you, that is no dog. Oh no, it is a human who has been turned into a dog, or maybe … a Loup Garou, a werewolf. The butterfly you saw in your room last night, that was no butterfly … it was your beloved who dreamt about you, far away in another land, while her dream turned her thoughts into a butterfly. The fireflies you see over there are no flies, they are souls of dead ancestors. All around us; up in the air, in the earth below us, in the springs and the trees are mysteries alive, creatures of the night and our dreams. All around us are living beings that are commonly unknown, most of us cannot see them, nor touch, nor understand them… at least not when we are awake. In our dreams, when our soul leaves our mind behind, when we in the spirit are visiting an unknown world, we might see and experience, but not understand the uncanny. What we believe to be our world is only a fraction of something else, something much, much bigger.”

Participating in such enchanted moments make us feel alive. Even if it all might be lore and illusion we feel amazingly present, the world comes closer. The realms conjured up by storytellers, the myths, legends, and fairy tales enchant and scare us in an engrossing manner. A child listening stories about and thus enters fantastic dimensions realizes how vast the world is, how it includes both fiction and reality.

A computer programmer might call this immensity the “Cyber World”, an astronomer the “Universe”, a biologist the “Biosphere”. These scientists are actually knowledgeable of only a fraction of human existence and the laws of nature governing it. Realizing this does not mean that you are a science denier. That you are not abhorred by flat earthers, anti-vaxxers, coronavirus truthers, literalists, chauvinists, misogynists and other zealots who do not believe in climate change, empathy, love and solidarity, but cling to unfounded myths and conspiracy theories as if they were the “plain truth”. People like that live in a bubble, a delusive environment in which they want others to join them. They assume they know the truth, while they actually defy reason.

In the16th and 17th centuries modern science developed in Europe A process during which a notion was created that might be described as a realization that the world is governed by natural laws and forces can be perceptible, even understandable and possibly controlled. All phenomena are part of nature and can thus be explained by natural causes. A conviction meaning that also human cognitive, social and moral phenomena are part of a comprehensible world where human and social problems can find solutions if supported by a cosmopolitan worldview that revere science and reason, eschews magic and the supernatural, while rejecting dogma and repressive authorities.

However it was far from being a unified movement. Many scientists defended the reality of supernatural phenomena, while skeptical humanists, inspired by ancient authors, mounted a critique not only of orthodox religion, magic and other forms of superstition, but also demonstrated their skepticism of hard-line “experts” who simplified human existence to a set of “natural laws”. Even if the religious heterodoxy of such men tarnished their reputation and postponed a general acceptance of anti-magical views, change came about. This “enlightening” revolution in human notions actually owed less to the scientific testing of magic notions, than to the growth of confidence in a stable world in which magic no longer had a place.

Since then, in almost every realm of human existence, progress has been breathtaking, principally by a scientific naturalism which has been used to solve problems, from engineering bridges and eradicating diseases, to extending life spans and establishing human rights. However, this does not have to mean that a” scientific thinking and approach” unilaterally ought to dominate all human reasoning and be allowed to despise, forbid and deny the right to make things up, to dream, fantasize, telling about and creating wonderful things. We have to make room for music, art and literature and allow ourselves and others to be entertained and stimulated by these human expressions. We need to provide depth and relief to our short life spans, our human existence.

These reflections emerged when I as a teacher experienced how art, music, philosophy, history, and comparative religion, as well as gymnastics and handicraft became limited or entirely disappeared from curricula. This was done in favour of more practical purpose-oriented subjects like math, physics, chemistry, business administration and computer science. Of course, these topics are essential for obtaining a solid education and be attractive for the labour market. However, humans do not live on bread alone, our brains are stimulated by inputs like art, music and entertainment. Humanities enrich human interaction and allow us to take part of the dreams, visions and fantasies of others. Let us not deny our children the pleasure of becoming familiar with storytelling; with fairy tales, fantasies, myths and legends, preferably told in communion with others and in harmony with our surrounding world. Not only within realms that is electronically created, but a real world consisting of tangible, impressionable and caring individuals.

The stimulus and pleasure of partaking in storytelling might learn us to look at and perceive human existence from several angles and thus develop into critical thinking individuals able to avoid falling into traps set by Pied Pipers who through the World Wide Web invoke narrow-mindedness, cold-heartedness, prejudices, and greed.

 

 

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Canada added 154,000 jobs last month, pushing jobless rate down to pandemic low of 6%

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Canada’s economy added 154,000 new jobs last month, surging past expectations and enough to move the jobless rate down to just six per cent.

Statistics Canada reported Friday that the jobless rate fell by 0.7 percentage points, to six per cent. That’s the lowest jobless rate since the pandemic began. Prior to COVID-19, in February 2020, Canada had a jobless rate of 5.7 per cent. It topped out at 13.7 per cent in May of that year, before sliding steadily lower.

The data agency calculates that more than 19.3 million people in Canada had a job last month. That’s 183,000 more than had one pre-pandemic.

The jobs surge means the total number of hours worked has finally also risen back to where it was before the pandemic.

Hours worked and wages up, too

There was good news on the wage front, too, as the data agency calculates that wages during the month were 7.7 per cent higher than they were two years ago.

The average hourly wage was $30.40 in November. That’s up by $2.18 since the same period two years ago.

While higher wages are good for workers, they come with a double-edged sword that the cost of living is going up quickly, too. Those bigger paycheques are tempered by the fact that Statistics Canada data shows prices have increased by 5.3 per cent compared to what they were two years ago. 

Tanya Gullison, chief revenue officer with human resources consulting firm LHH, said people are heading back to the workforce in droves because they need the money to pay for the higher cost of everything.

“Inflationary pressure [is] bringing workers back into the labour force in search of increased income,” she said. “Employees are also navigating this with wage increases, mirroring those in south of the border.”

It’s paying off to change jobs, too, in the aggregate. Statistics Canada says average wage gains are increasing at a faster rate for new hires than they are for existing workers.

“Over the next fiscal year, bonuses and other perks are also likely to trickle over as a means of drawing new talent and retaining existing staff,” Gullison said.

War for talent

In the depths of the pandemic, policy makers had warned about a growing cohort of “long-term unemployed” people, which Statistics Canada defines as people who lost a job and didn’t find a new one for at least 27 weeks, which is just over half a year.

There were about 185,000 Canadians in that category before the pandemic, about 15 per cent of everyone without a job.

That number skyrocketed to 510,000 people by April of this year, or almost a third of those who were jobless.

The figure has inched steadily lower since then, but had its biggest drop since the pandemic started in November, plunging by 62,000 people to 305,000 people. 

“Finally, these workers are seeing the light at the end of the COVID tunnel,” economist Tu Nguyen with consulting firm RSM Canada said. “With job vacancies surpassing 1 million, the labour shortage will intensify, pushing wages upward as businesses compete to attract and retain talent.”

 

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Woman died from John Croucher’s undercooked shepherd’s pie

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A British pub chef has admitted undercooking a shepherd’s pie — killing a 92-year-old woman and sickening 31 others at a church event.

John Croucher, who has been a chef for 20 years, said he “was rushed” when he failed to properly cook the meat in the traditional British dish served to 35 congregants at a Northamptonshire village event in 2018, according to a court report in the Guardian.

John Croucher said, “remorse is an understatement” for how he feels about the mistake that cost Elizabeth Neuman her life.
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Elizabeth Neuman, 92, repeatedly vomited after eating the pie and died from gastrointestinal bleeding, while 31 others also had food poisoning, Reading Crown Court was told.

Only three people escaped getting sick — because they were vegetarians who did not eat the meat-filled dish, the court heard.

Croucher, 40, admitted a charge of contravening food regulations, telling the court it was “something I will never forget.”

“Remorse is an understatement,” he said. “Because of it, I am a better chef and it is just a shame the cost of it had to be what it was.”

He was given a four-month jail sentence that was suspended for 12 months, the Guardian said, meaning he will not serve time behind bars if he stays out of trouble in that time.

Judge Sarah Campbell told him, “No sentence I pass can reflect the loss caused to the family.”

Croucher had been working as head chef at the Crewe Arms in the Northamptonshire village of Hinton-in-the-Hedges at the time.

The pub’s landlord, Neil Billingham, also admitted three charges of contravening food regulations and was fined nearly $12,000 and ordered to pay more than $1,300 court costs. His company was also fined nearly $4,000, the UK paper said.

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Meet Fashion, Glamour and Styling Queen Yamani Caliwara

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Meet Fashion, Glamour and Styling Queen Yamani Caliwara

MIHM-Tell us a little bit about you, where are you from and what inspired you to pursue a career in the fashion, glamour and styling business?

YC-I was born and raised in the Philippines. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. I took up Fashion Styling at Style 2020 Academy in Los Angeles. I am currently enrolled at Parsons School of Design studying Fashion Industry. I am a Fashion Editor for a few prestigious magazines in the industry. I am an artist. I love anything related to art, whether it’s design, beauty, fashion or styling. I have always been a creative person; I am very fortunate and blessed to come from a family of creative minds.

MIHM-You are a very busy person, how do you divide your time between family, work and pleasure?

YC-My family is always my priority. Family first before anything and anyone. I try to balance everything to have a pleasant and productive life. My two daughters are my number one priority and they’re my inspiration. I guide and support them and I always make sure that they are the front and center of my life.

MIHM- What do you see yourself doing in five years?

YC-I wish I could stop and just relax in 5 years but I see myself still very involve in fashion, styling, filming, and designing. Learning never stops and I will always be at my daughters side to guide and support them. I can say I’m successful when I see them doing good in whatever they do. They’re still in school and my eldest is also busy with work, she has her own jewelry line and she is very active in professional dancing. I wish nothing but the best for children.

MIHM-You are receiving the 2021 most Promising Actress in Hollywood and the 2021 Best in Fashion & Styling awards at the 20th Annual Gawad Amerika awards, tell us more.

YC-Fortunately, I’ve been receiving these awards. Best in Fashion and Styling for 5 years straight. I’m very happy that they recognize my hard work especially when it comes to the film industry. I style actors and actresses and design outfits for them for the film. I also received the 2021 Most Promising Actress in Hollywood Award. I did 3 films the last year, Harbor Project 2019, Team of Two 2021 and The Boss Man all these will be shown next year.

MIHM-If you could work with somebody you admire, celebrity, politician, musician, leader or anybody else who would it be and why?

YC-I would love to work with Kris Jenner. She guided and nurtured her four daughters to achieve success. She is a mother and the pillar of the family. She is a great business manager for all her daughters and I commend her for being a great mentor to them.

MIHM- You are going to be in two coffee table books Philippine Best Dressed 2021 and Club Bulakeno 2021, please tell us more.

YC-Philippines Best Dressed and Club Bulakeno has given recognition to a select group of women who have all made an indelible success in their chosen industry and a significant contribution to society. The Best Dressed Women of the Philippines allowed me to have another runway to help the underprivileged through its charitable work. I’m very thankful to the committee that chose me to be part of these honorable and compassionate organizations and I’m happy to be part of these group of wonderful people.

MIHM- How are you dealing with the quarantine and current pandemic?

YC-It has now been two years since the start of Covid 19 pandemic; the virus has changed everyone’s lives worldwide but things are better now compared to last year. I always feel worried and I’m very careful especially for my daughters. This pandemic is not forever. In the meantime, I have to make sacrifices not only for me and for my family but for others as well.

MIHM-You are working on several movies right now including Team of Two, tell us about your experience working on this movie.

YC-I had a great time filming Team of Two. Everyone was great and I can’t wait to share this movie soon. It’s truly an honor to be working with the producers, directors, actors of this film. This movie has a great cast and the story is fun and crazy. I am sure you will all like it. For more information you may google Team of Two movie.

MIHM-How can people reach you, do you have social media, website, etc.

YC-Yes, I do. My website is www.houseofyamani.com. Facebook is Yamani Caliwara. Facebook and Instagram business page is House of Yamani IMDb link www.imdb.com/Yamani Caliwara

Styling: House of Yamani www.houseofyamani.com

Jewelry: Lux Virsi by Heather Ongpauco www.luxvirsi.com

Photo by : Leonato August

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Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott Are “Inseparable” as They Await Baby No. 2

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More recently, though, the two have stopped posting to social media and making public appearances since the Astroworld Festival tragedy in Houston, Texas on Nov. 5, in which hundreds of concertgoers were injured and 10 people, including 9-year-old Ezra Blount, ultimately died. 

In a statement later posted to her Instagram Story, Kylie, who attended the event with daughter Stormi, said, “Travis and I are broken and devastated. My thoughts and prayers are with all who lost their lives, were injured or affected in anyway [sic] by yesterday’s events. And also for Travis who I know cares deeply for his fans and the Houston community.”

She continued, “I want to make it clear we weren’t aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show and in no world would have continued filming or performing. I am sending my deepest condolences to all the families during this difficult time and will be praying for the healing of everyone who has been impacted.”

In his own statement shared to Twitter, Travis said, “I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life. I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for their immediate response and support.”

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Inflation, supply chain, wages: Rising threats loom over small businesses

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For Vivian Bowers, owner of a South Los Angeles dry cleaner, inflation hit home when her wholesale cost for hangers soared by 48% in six months.

Tom Bock, who runs an electric bike dealership in Huntington Beach, has had to pay his workers 25% more, on top of a boost in commissions.

Hagop Berberian, owner of an auto repair shop in Inglewood, is afraid to fully pass on the escalating cost of tires, motor oil and Freon. “Either you keep the customer happy or you lose the customer,” he said.

Skyrocketing inflation is slamming many of California’s 1.6 million small businesses, which employ more than half the state’s workforce. Supply chain snafus make it harder and costlier to restock inventory. Workers are seeking higher pay amid a labor shortage. And small firms are less able to navigate the challenges than larger competitors.

In October, the 6.2% rise in U.S. consumer prices was the biggest year-over-year jump in 31 years. Torrid surges in the cost of housing, gasoline, cars and food continue to capture headlines. For many small stores selling goods from furniture to footwear, and for providers of services from haircuts to home care, it is a nerve-wracking time: Do they charge more and risk losing clients?

“Larger firms can absorb higher costs for supplies,” said Holly Wade, research director of the National Federation of Independent Business, an advocacy group with more than 300,000 members. “And when it comes to supply chain disruptions, they’re at the top of the pecking order as far as deliveries, given their volume of purchases. For small firms, it’s a different ballgame.”

Across the economy, consumers who stopped traveling, dining out, getting their hair cut and going to movies during the COVID-19 pandemic amassed trillions of dollars in savings collectively. Rising vaccination rates enable shoppers to feel safer. And with returning jobs, more people are spending freely despite rising inflation. Retail sales jumped 1.7% in October, more than double September’s growth rate and the fastest pace since March.

Californians are doing better than most. In the second quarter, the Golden State experienced the nation’s fastest rise in personal income since the pandemic after South Dakota, according to a Pew Charitable Trust analysis. Boosted by government assistance, returning jobs and higher wages, it grew by 5.9%, adjusted for inflation.

But many small businesses are not feeling the love.

And their profits are at risk, said UC Santa Cruz economist Robert Fairlie. “When the cost to make a carne asada burrito goes up, some of that is passed on to the customer. And some of it is just eaten by the business owner.” Beef prices are up 20% in a year.

In October, 69% of small-business owners polled by the independent business federation said they have raised prices because of supply chain disruptions and rising employee wages in the face of labor shortages.

The number of owners expecting business conditions to worsen in the next six months rose to 52%, Wade said, the highest in 42 years of the group’s surveys — and that was before a new global coronavirus variant, Omicron, threatened progress in taming the pandemic.

Many small enterprises, still recovering from the pandemic’s financial hit, are counting on the holiday season to make up lost revenue, said Carolina Martinez, chief executive of the California Assn. for Micro Enterprise Opportunity, a business development network. “It’s their moment to really get to some levels where they would feel comfortable continuing their business.”

Vivian Bowers, the owner of Bowers & Sons Cleaners, a second-generation dry cleaner in South Los Angeles, irons a shirt. U.S. dry cleaning prices are up 6.9% year over year, higher than overall inflation of 6.2%.

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The dry cleaner

When Vivian Bowers took over her parents’ dry cleaning business on South Central Avenue in the wake of the 1992 riots, she recalled, the neighborhood was “blighted — gangs, drugs, prostitution.”

But the energetic entrepreneur took a business planning class at USC, chased out drug dealers on her block, launched pickup and delivery, and turned Bowers & Sons around.

With four employees, the neighborhood institution, its walls adorned with photos of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and other jazz greats, cleans uniforms for police officers, bus drivers, L.A. Live ushers and Ritz-Carlton housekeepers.

And it has extended its reach, picking up laundry from pricey downtown lofts and sheets stained with fake blood from the set of Grey’s Anatomy.

After barely surviving the Great Recession and its long aftermath, and after cutting hours during the pandemic, Bowers now faces a new threat: inflation.

Los Angeles raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour in July, hiking her payroll outlay. The costs of hangers, poly garment bags and solvent, as well as gasoline for the delivery van, have spiraled.

In June, Bowers raised her prices by 5%. Now she’s worried about having to boost them an additional 10%.

“I don’t want to chase away customers,” she said. “If they have to choose between getting a blazer cleaned or putting gas in their car, which one are they going to do?”

But with revenue down by about a quarter since 2019, she said, “I’m struggling.”

Josefina Pantoja shreds pork as Sylvia Uribe makes tamales at Tamaleria Maria's in Lynwood

Josefina Pantoja, left, shreds pork as Sylvia Uribe makes tamales at Tamaleria Maria’s in Lynwood. The restaurant has thrived during the pandemic, but rising prices are a new challenge.

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The restaurant

It’s tamale season at the Lynwood eatery that Rosalva Aguilar and her parents have decorated with Christmas tree, candy cane and reindeer piñatas. Poinsettias adorn every table. On the patio, festive stars hang from white lights.

Orders are pouring in. Tamaleria Maria’s, a 19-year-old business that has weathered recessions and thrived during the pandemic, has hired six new workers to meet demand.

The restaurant faces a new challenge as inflation scythes through the economy.

In recent months, Aguilar said, she has seen her wholesale chicken prices rise from 99 cents a pound to $1.50. Pork is up to almost $2, from $1.05. And 25 pounds of lard, used in the masa, now runs about $60, compared with $25 before.

As a result, the restaurant boosted what it charges for a meat or cheese tamale to $3.03 from $2.02. “If we don’t raise our prices, we won’t be able to maintain the business,” Aguilar said.

Nonetheless, Tamaleria Maria’s is nothing if not resilient. When the pandemic first hit, it closed for about a month. When it reopened, it faced competition from home kitchens also selling tamales. This year, it added new options, including a kit to make tamales at home and an online ordering system.

“I’ve noticed that a lot of new people are coming, due to word of mouth,” Aguilar said. “I feel like it’s going to be a good year.”

Tom Bock, owner of a Pedego Electric Bikes in Huntington Beach, rides an ebike.

Tom Bock, owner of Pedego Electric Bikes in Huntington Beach, hasn’t yet raised bike prices although his business is challenged by higher shipping, labor and other costs.

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The e-bike store

At Huntington Beach’s Pedego Electric Bikes dealership, a mural with bright blue waves beckons patrons with the message, “Hello, fun!”

As the pandemic took hold last year, the greeting was especially welcome. With travel, indoor dining and sport events curtailed, “E-bike demand went crazy,” said Tom Bock, who opened the small store in 2012 and also works as Pedego’s corporate head of operations.

“People couldn’t go on vacation, but this was one thing they could do outside with their families.”

Pedego e-bikes are expensive, ranging from $1895 to $5495. But sales at Bock’s store boomed from 200 bikes yearly before the pandemic to 330 in 2020. Although his bike rentals slowed as tourism dried up, his gross revenue soared by a third to $1.1 million.

Still, if the pandemic padded his profit, it also created problems. Global supply chain snarls delayed deliveries of Chinese batteries to Pedego’s Vietnam factory. Shipping costs rose from $4,000 per container to $20,000. The company, which delivers bikes to 200 dealerships from its Fountain Valley warehouse, “probably has 8,000 bikes in the water right now between Asia and here,” Bock said.

The supply snafus caused the company to cut back on assembling its more complex bikes and reduced the number of models the store could stock from 19 to 12. With inflation affecting not just consumer prices but also wages, Bock had to raise pay for his four employees.

“Labor cost is my biggest fear,” he said. “People come in asking for a lot more money than ever before.”

Pedego has yet to raise its prices but may do so soon, Bock said. He’s not looking forward to it. “There are at least eight different electric bike stores in Huntington Beach,” he said. “We have to be competitive.”

 Hagop Berberian, owner of AllRight Automotive in Inglewood, California, with one of his personal cars, a 1967 Mustang.

Hagop Berberian, owner of AllRight Automotive in Inglewood, gives his mechanics bonuses when a month’s business is good, helping them meet surging living costs. Above, he poses with his personal Mustang.

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The auto repair shop

As the pandemic raged through 2020, Hagop Berberian saw his business at Allright Automotive drop by a quarter. Three government loans didn’t cover all his losses. He dipped into savings.

Berberian put up a multicolored sign on the wall outside his Inglewood office: “In God We Trust.”

But just as his two-mechanic shop was rebounding this year, Berberian’s trust in the economy plummeted.

“It’s ridiculous,” he said. “Everything is going up. Even the simplest parts: I was paying 75 cents for a lightbulb. Now it is $1.25.”

Last week, a customer came in to replace a tire. The same tire that Berberian had sold him six months earlier had risen in price from $65 to $85 wholesale.

“I wasn’t going to charge him $20 more,” Berberian said. “I’m a five-star shop and I don’t want him to feel cheated. So I just charged him $10 more.”

Why is inflation so high?

“COVID — and greed,” he suggested, with a touch of bitterness. Gesturing toward the Port of Los Angeles 20 miles away, he also blamed supply chain delays that have contributed to shortages.

“Millions of dollars in cargo is sitting out there on ships. People are selling the supplies they have on hand for the maximum. They’re gouging us to recover what they’ve lost in the last year and a half when people were driving less.”

Berberian thinks prices will level off in coming months. Meanwhile, he has pared his business hours to five days a week from six days, without cutting his mechanics’ pay.

“If business is good at the end of the month, I give them a bonus,” he said. “Look at what milk is costing — and eggs, groceries. I go to a supermarket and what I used to buy for 100 bucks now costs nearly 200 bucks.”

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The showroom at Chong Hing Jewelers’ San Gabriel flagship store. The store was founded in 1970 and sells luxury timepieces and fine jewelry.

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In a sprawling San Gabriel shopping center, two security guards stand sentry at Chong Hing Jewelers, a 51-year-old business that evolved from a goldsmithing company selling custom pieces to a purveyor of luxury watches and jewelry.

During the pandemic, tourism — a big source of revenue — dried up, and neighboring stores around the company’s flagship location started to close. Chong Hing moved its four stores in the San Gabriel Valley and Bay Area to appointment-only, which limited the number of customers who could visit. But business was better than expected.

Loyal customers “pulled us through,” said Victoria Lee Castro, whose grandparents founded the company. “There’s still birthdays, there’s still anniversaries, there’s still major events where they want to buy a gift for their loved ones.”

This 2021 holiday season, demand for luxury watches and jewelry is high — particularly for 24-karat gold and jade jewelry, as well as Jaeger-LeCoultre, Chanel and other expensive timepieces. Speculation that customers wouldn’t buy as much this year as before is unfounded, Castro said.

“They haven’t been spending, they haven’t been shopping, and they want to buy themselves something nice,” she said.

But it’s been hard to restock some of the store’s classic watches, including the Chanel Boyfriend and Chopard Happy Diamonds.

And higher manufacturer prices have boosted the prices of some watches. On a recent visit to a supplier with her parents, “My mom, who has been doing this for about three decades, would just go, ‘Oh, my god, now it’s this much?’”

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U.S. could be unable to pay its bills in weeks as debt limit approaches

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As Congress gears up for another fight over the debt ceiling, the so-called “X date,” when the United States is no longer able to meet its debt obligations on time, will most likely fall between December 21, 2021 and January 28, 2022, the Bipartisan Policy Center projects. This new projection is a narrower window than the group’s previous assessment of when the risk will dramatically escalate, which was mid-December to early February.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told the Senate Banking Committee earlier this week she’s confident the U.S. will be able to meet its obligations through December 15, but there are scenarios in which the government might not be able to pay its bills after that date if lawmakers do not raise the debt ceiling. She warned that a failure to raise the debt limit would “eviscerate” the economic recovery. 

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s timeline factors in the $118 billion transfer to the Highway Trust Fund that the Treasury Department confirmed will be completed by December 15. Quarterly corporate tax receipts are due that day. If they come in weak, it could leave the Treasury Department with a dangerously low cash balance, the organization warned.

“Those who believe the debt limit can safely be pushed to the back of the December legislative pileup are misinformed,” said Shai Akabas, director of economic policy for the center. “Congress would be flirting with financial disaster if it leaves for the holiday recess without addressing the debt limit.”  

Adding to the uncertainty is the unpredictability of U.S. government cash flows during the COVID-19 pandemic, revenues have been unusually volatile and spending on certain pandemic-related programs have been uneven.

Failing to pay the country’s bills on time could have a ripple effect across the economy, particularly during a time of economic recovery and mounting questions over a new COVID-19 variant, the Bipartisan Policy Center said. Even the uncertainty over the U.S. meeting its obligations has costs. The U.S. could face have its credit rating downgraded as it did in 2011. Interest rates on some short-term Treasury securities have already risen.

“It never ceases to amaze that the largest economy in the world routinely comes within days of potentially missing payments to its citizens, businesses, and creditors,” said Akabas. “There has to be a better way, and in fact there is, now that a bill to reform the debt limit has been introduced with bipartisan support.”

Both Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader McConnell have been adamant the U.S. would not default on its debt and talks to address it are underway.

Several proposals have been floated as ways to address the debt limit so the U.S. would not be barreling toward default every few months. Some have suggested raising the debt limit to a massive amount. Others have called for eliminating the debt ceiling all together. 

A new bipartisan bill, the Responsible Budgeting Act, which is backed by Bipartisan Policy Center experts, will also be introduced shortly by Representatives Scott Peters of California and Jodey Arrington of Texas.

“Every economist from the most conservative to the most liberal acknowledges that the path we’re on is not sustainable, but there’s very little consensus about when to do something about it,” Peters said. “To be honest, I think both parties have been, fallen short on this, and I think we’re trying to deal with it in a responsible way here.”

The bill provides two options for temporarily suspending the debt limit. If Congress passes a concurrent budget resolution that reduces the debt per GDP by at least 5% over 10 years, it would automatically generate separate legislation to suspend the debt limit through the end of the following fiscal year. 

If Congress has not acted on a budget resolution or if the debt limit is close to being breached, the president could request a suspension through the following fiscal year, which would go into effect unless Congress passed a resolution of disapproval. To do this, the president’s request to Congress would need to be accompanied by a debt reduction proposal that the House and Senate would both have to hold floor votes on.

“We already have a lot of interest on both sides, and I suspect this could be an option that we could put on the table one day with the leadership as a better and more viable path,” Arrington said. 

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Prince Albert RCMP deem deaths near Garden River suspicious

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Police say on Nov. 25, just before 9 p.m., Prince Albert RCMP located two deceased individuals in a vehicle near Highway 355, between Albertville and Meath Park.

Their initial investigation has determined the deaths to be suspicious in nature, and Saskatchewan RCMP’s Major Crime Unit has taken charge of the investigation.

Police said further information about the individuals including age and sex will be released in the coming days.

Anyone who witnessed suspicious activity on Highway 355 on Nov. 25, or has information about these deaths, should immediately call their local police service.

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Novavax says it’s developing COVID-19 vaccine to target new Omicron variant – National

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Novavax Inc said on Friday it had started working on a version of its COVID-19 vaccine to target the variant detected in South Africa and would have the shot ready for testing and manufacturing in the next few weeks.

The company’s COVID-19 shot contains an actual version of the virus’ spike protein that cannot cause disease but can trigger the immune system. The vaccine developer said it had started developing a spike protein specifically based on the known genetic sequence of the variant, B.1.1.529.

“The initial work will take a few weeks,” a company spokesperson said. Shares of the company closed up nearly 9% on Friday.

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Novavax’s vaccine received its first emergency use approval earlier this month in Indonesia followed by the Philippines.

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The company has said it is on track to file for U.S. approval by the end of the year. It has also filed for approvals with the European Medicines Agency as well as in Canada.


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Other vaccine developers, including Germany’s BioNTech SE and Johnson & Johnson, have said they are testing the effectiveness of their shots against the new variant, which is named Omicron by the World Health Organisation.

Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc said it had begun testing its vaccine candidate, INO-4800, to evaluate its effectiveness against the new variant. The company expects the testing to take about two weeks.

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Inovio also said it was simultaneously designing a new vaccine candidate that specifically targeted Omicron.

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“Best case scenario, INO-4800 … will be completely resilient against omicron, but if that’s not the case then we will have a newly designed vaccine ready to go if need be,” said Kate Broderick, senior vice president of Inovio’s R&D division.

Earlier this month, Inovio resumed a late-stage trial of its vaccine in the United States after 14 months on clinical hold.

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Black Friday shooting injures 3 at North Carolina mall

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Black Friday shoppers scrambled for cover when a shooting broke out at a mall in North Carolina, leaving three people wounded, including a 10-year-old, according to local officials.

The shooting happened just before 3:30 p.m. inside The Streets at Southpoint in Durham during a fight between two groups of people who knew each other, Police Chief Patrice Andrews said in a press conference.

One of the victims was a 10-year-old child struck when a bullet ricocheted, Andrews said. The child was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police didn’t immediately release information on the conditions of the other two people shot.

Three other people were injured as shoppers rushed to evacuate following the terrifying incident, the chief said. They were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Those involved in the fight that led to the shooting immediately fled, according to police.

One suspect was in custody and Andrews vowed that “several arrests will be made” in connection to the incident. One weapon was recovered from the scene.

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Andrews said she was certain the incident was “absolutely not” a planned attack, and said that there are no future threats to the public.

“This is not a situation where someone came into the mall and indiscriminately began firing,” Andrews told reporters, adding, “The shootings in this city have got to stop.”

A bystander described “mass hysteria” as holiday shoppers ducked into stores or ran for the exits after the shots echoed through the mall.

“I just hear shots firing, and as soon as that happened, everybody just kind of turned around and started running and screaming,” Angela Lloyd, who was doing some Christmas shopping with relatives, told The Associated Press.

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“Some people were running into stores, some people were almost crawling into stores. Just like mass hysteria.”

Mary Moore, who walks with a cane, told local outlet WRAL-TV that she was at the mall “trying to do my Black Friday shopping when I heard them ‘Pop! Pop! Pop!’”

“I had at least gotten my clothes,” she said in an interview with The News and Observer. “Some people left their bags. I just grabbed my stuff and ran.”

WRAL reporter Aaron Thomas was in the mall shopping in the Express store when “all of a sudden, I see this swarm of people running.”

“At that point, it’s like you don’t know what to do, do you run out or do you stay in the store and try to hunker down. We did lock down and they locked the doors,” said Thomas, who tweeted about the incident from inside the mall.

An employee of Sunglass Hut described taking care of customers when the mayhem broke out.

“We were working with customers, and then all we saw was people starting to run and screaming, and then everybody was just starting to panic,” the staffer said.

Police evacuated the mall after the shooting, resulting in a major traffic backup as thousands tried to leave for their homes, WRAL reported.

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After three years and four months of being closed, one of Toronto’s oldest and most beloved concert venues reopened Thursday night featuring a special performance by Gordon Lightfoot – finally allowing music fans to see what exactly has changed inside and what still looks the same.

“The hope is that people go in and say ‘I’m really not sure what they did to the place but it looks great,’” said Jesse Kumagai, president and CEO of Massey Hall.

The massive renovation and restoration project has a total price tag of $184 million.

“We’re dealing with a building that was constructed in 1894 so, a lot of things have changed both in the way people use the building and what we put on stage so, there was a lot of TLC that went into making sure we were preserving the character of the hall and making sure that it was going to be here for another 100 years,” said Kumagai.

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The new chairs are exact replicas of the wood-back, wood-bottom, cast iron standard chairs from 1894, only now they are cast aluminum.

“We added a little bit of cushioning on them. They’re also a bit wider than the previous gallery-level seats,” said Grant Troop, VP of Operations.

Probably most noticeable in terms of a welcome change, are the more than 100 stained glass windows which were carefully removed, restored and replaced.

Another obvious change on the exterior is the addition of passerelles – bridges made of concrete, steel and glass that answer the building’s main challenges over the years: accessibility, access to washrooms and bars all while improving patron safety in the event of an evacuation.


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The Allan Slaight auditorium will now be able to host both seated and general admission concerts. It’s all part of the bigger project called Allied Music Centre, which will house three new concert venues, educational spaces and a professional recording studio.

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Kumagai said that while many think his team picked the perfect time to close – ahead of the global pandemic which was declared in March 2020, he pointed out this meant even greater construction challenges along with a greater appreciation for live music.

“It was always understood that getting together with your friends and family to enjoy live music was an important part of society but I think we really came to understand just how critical that really was for us when it was taken away from us for so long,” said Kumagai.

Massey Hall was declared a National Historic site in 1981.




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The NBA is fining Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James $15,000 for making an “obscene gesture” during a Wednesday game against the Indiana Pacers, the league said Friday. The incident comes days after James was suspended for an on-court altercation involving Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart. 

The incident happened during the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ game against the Pacers with only one minute and 17 seconds left, the NBA said. It was the first game James played following his one-game suspension over the altercation with Isaiah Stewart on Sunday. 

Both James and Stewart tried securing a position for a rebound — but as Stewart pushed James, the Lakers player swung his arm, striking Stewart and bloodying his eye. James reached out his arm, but Stewart attempted to confront him, causing security, players and coaches to break up a potential fight. 

Both players were ejected from the game. Stewart was suspended for two games and James for one. The suspension was the first in James’ 19-year career, CBS Sports reports

James later told reporters the altercation was an accident and called his suspension “some bull****.” 

“I hate to see that, what escalated after that,” James told reporters on Wednesday, according to CBS Sports. “I didn’t think it warranted [a suspension]. I thought it warranted an ejection.”

Stewart said he “didn’t feel like it was an accident,” according to CBS Sports. 

The NBA also said Friday that James warned for using profane language while speaking to the media about his suspension. 

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Montreal police arrest second suspect in fatal stabbing of Côte-Des-Neiges teen – Montreal

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Montreal police (SPVM) say they have arrested a second suspect in the stabbing death of Côte-Des-Neiges teen, Jannaï Dopwell-Bailey.

Andrei Donet,18, appeared Friday afternoon at the Montreal Courthouse.

He is facing several charges including second-degree murder.

According to SPVM spokesperson Caroline Chèvrefils, Donet was known to police.

He was first arrested Nov. 9.

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“The major crimes unit arrested the suspect for drug and firearms possession,” Chèvrefils told Global News.

Chèvrefils said Donet remained in custody during the course of the investigation which allowed inspectors to also arrest him for the murder of Dopwell-Bailey.

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Dopwell-Bailey was stabbed to death following an altercation between a group of teenagers on Oct. 18, in front of his school in in Côte-Des-Neiges.

A first suspect was arrested and charged on Oct. 22. The 16-year-old accused appeared in youth court to face a second-degree murder charge.

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Police are still looking for a third suspect.

As the investigation is still ongoing, police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

The department can be reached anonymously and confidentially by calling 514-393-1133 or by filling out an online Info-Crime Montréal form.

– with files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise and Annabelle Olivier


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Trump says he ‘never’ considered war with China, fumes over Mark Milley

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Donald Trump turned Black Friday into Flashback Friday.

The former president sent out an email blast saying he “never” considered launching a war with China and that Gen. Mark Milley “should be tried for treason” if he phoned the Chinese military to promise advance warning of a US attack.

The statement comes more than two months after the release of the book “Peril” by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff gave backchannel assurances to China in Trump’s final months in office.

Milley, the highest-ranking US military officer, admitted at a House committee hearing in September that he gave such assurances to Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army.

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“Does anybody really believe that longtime Con Man Bob Woodward, and his lightweight lapdog assistant Robert Costa, are implying in their book of fiction that I was planning to go to war with China, but that one of the dumber generals in the military called the Chinese to tell them that he will inform them if this action proceeds further,” Trump said in an emailed statement.

“Milley may have called, but if so, he should be tried for treason.”

Trump added: “I never had even a thought of going to war with China, other than the war I was winning, which was on TRADE. To make up stories like this and to sell it to the public is disgraceful. I watched that craggy smug face of Woodward as he ‘bullshits’ the public and said to myself, ‘I wonder if history will really believe this stuff?’ How do you get your reputation back? I was the only President in decades to not get us into a war — I got us out of wars!”

It’s unclear what prompted the former commander in chief to issue the statement. Trump is openly teasing a potential rematch against President Biden in 2024.

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Milley admitted in September that he told his Chinese counterpart that he’d give a heads-up if Trump ordered an attack on China. ​”I said, hell, I’ll call you. But we’re not going to attack you,” the general testified after the book’s allegations sparked outrage on Capitol Hill.

As reported in the book, Milley told Li on Oct. 20, “If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.”

Milley called again on Jan. 8, two days after a wild mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol to disrupt certification of Biden’s victory in the Electoral College.

Biden stood by Milley, saying “I have great confidence in General Milley,” and the general’s office said that Milley “regularly communicates with Chiefs of Defense across the world, including with China and Russia.”

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“His calls with the Chinese and others in October and January were in keeping with these duties and responsibilities conveying reassurance in order to maintain strategic stability,” Milley’s office said. “All calls from the Chairman to his counterparts, including those reported, are staffed, coordinated and communicated with the Department of Defense and the interagency.”

Mark Esper, secretary of defense at the time of the October call, reportedly was aware of the pre-election outreach to China. But Christopher Miller, the acting defense secretary at the time of the second call, said that Milley didn’t get his sign-off and that it “represents a disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination by the Nation’s top military officer.”

Milley previously was accused of undermining civilian control of the military by resisting Trump’s effort to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan before he left office on Jan. 20. That effort ultimately was scuttled by Milley, who reportedly enlisted the help of national security adviser Robert O’Brien and Miller to plead with Trump to change his mind.

Axios reported that National Security Agency intercepts indicated that Afghan officials believed US military leaders would resist Trump’s exit plans and that a US official who had spoken with Milley told an Afghan official that Milley had no confidence in the civilian leadership of the Pentagon.

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Toronto police officers to patrol near COVID vaccination sites as children begin receiving shots – Toronto

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Toronto police officers will be patrolling near COVID-19 vaccination sites in the coming days as the campaign to vaccinate children aged 5 to 11 ramps up.

Const. David Hopkinson told Global News that there haven’t been any incidents reported at vaccination sites in the city, but said the service monitors the situation nationally and internationally.

Hopkinson said officers are not aiming to stop protests, but said protesters do not have a right to harass individuals attending clinics.

He said the “general directive to the officers” is being done as a “proactive measure.”

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He said officers won’t necessarily be stationed at vaccine clinics, but will patrol them as part of their shifts.

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Hopkinson said there have been some concerns from community members regarding taking their kids to get vaccinated and this move is being done to provide reassurance.

“Interference or obstruction will not be tolerated,” a Toronto police tweet read.

“Charges will be laid if warranted.”

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WHO names new COVID variant ‘Omicron’

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The new COVID-19 variant first detected in South Africa was given the name Omicron by the World Health Organization on Friday.

An advisory panel classified Omicron as a highly transmissible virus of concern and gave it its name under its Greek-letter system.

It marks the first time in months that WHO has classified a COVID-19 variant with such a name – and is only the fifth variant to be given the designation amid the pandemic.

It is the same category that includes the Delta variant, which quickly became the world’s most prevalent strain.

It could take weeks for scientists to fully understand the variant’s mutations, but the WHO panel said early evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection.

Health authorities are rushing to determine if Omicron is more transmissible or infectious than other variants — and if the vaccines are effective against it.

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The advisory panel convened on Friday after South African scientists alerted them to the new variant earlier this week.

Scientists first detected the Omicron variant on Tuesday in samples dated from Nov. 14-16.

The discovery sent a chill through much of the world as countries rushed to ban flights from southern Africa and markets fell sharply.

Britain has already put six African countries, including South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe, on its red list – which means arriving travelers have to quarantine for 10 days in a government facility.

The EU said Friday it would move to ban flights from southern African countries.

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Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Malta and the Czech Republic have already restricted flights from the same countries as the UK.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, however, said the US needed more data on the variant before deciding on a travel ban.

Fauci told CNN that US scientists would be speaking with South African counterparts later on Friday. 

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Londoners rally in support of Wet’suwet’en fight against Coastal GasLink project – London

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Supporters in London gathered to show solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people on Friday night, who are fighting a natural gas pipeline project in British Columbia.

The rally, titled Allies in Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en, happened at 6 p.m. across from the Aeolian Hall where Indigenous singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie was scheduled to play later that night.

Around 40 people came out to show their support and listen to two Mohawk activists who had recently travelled out to the Gidimt’en checkpoint in northern B.C. to stand in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en.

The two were among those arrested at the most recent blockade that was taken down by RCMP.

“I have seen river poisoned, I have seen a river contaminated beyond repair, so when I saw this pristine, untouched, alive water source I know we had to do something to protect it,” said Mohawk activist Layla Staats.

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Staats said she has been working on a documentary about water and boiled water advisories on reserves, which is what prompted her to want to go out to the camp with fellow members of her community.

“This is not just about their river, this is not just this fight, this is not just them alone, and we are all standing together to say this is not right, to say there is no consent, and when we say no it needs to be heard.”

The Morice River, which runs through the territory, is still considered to be a clean water source by those in the area and is a large part of the Wet’suwet’en people’s fight against a pipeline going through the area.

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Mohawk activist Skyler Williams described the feeling of being in a place where the water is so clean you can drink directly from it. “It’s something worth fighting for,” Williams said.

“The lands we are on right now are borrowed. We borrow these land from future generations, so whatever we can do to stand for those lands or to stand for those waters and certainly to stand for each other.”


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“Hands off Wet’suewet’en” Peterborough rally supports opposers to B.C. pipeline – Feb 7, 2020

On Friday, Nov. 19, B.C. RCMP arrested 15 people, including two journalists, as they moved to enforce an injunction.

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The RCMP was enforcing a B.C. Supreme Court-ordered injunction that stops opponents from impeding access to Coastal GasLink’s activities, permitted under Canadian law.

The day prior, RCMP said they were preparing to “rescue” more than 500 workers “trapped” by a blockade that aims to stop a pipeline’s construction on unceded First Nations land.

Several days prior, the Gidimt’en checkpoint, which shares information about the blockade, tweeted that the Wet’suwet’en Nation had successfully enforced its “ancient trespass laws” and closed the territory.

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“The Morice Forest Service Road has been destroyed and access to Coastal Gaslink is no longer possible,” it said.

The members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation and supporters have been fighting against the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline for several years, with RCMP responding to similar blockades being set up to block construction in January 2019 and 2020.

“The Wet’suwet’en people, under the governance of their Hereditary Chiefs, are standing in the way of the largest fracking project in Canadian history. Our medicines, our berries, our food, the animals, our water, our culture, our homes are all here since time immemorial,” Sleydo Molly Wickham said in a statement earlier this week.

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Wickham has been the main spokesperson for the Gidimt’en checkpoint for several years and is also a member of the Gidimt’en Clan within the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.

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Award-winning photojournalist Amber Bracken and documentary filmmaker Michael Toledano were also among those arrested, and have since been released.

The Wet’suwet’en are a northern B.C. First Nation who have never signed any treaty or given up the rights or title to their land.

In 1997, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa court case that the Wet’suwet’en had not given up the rights or title to their land.

According to a report from the BC Treaty Commission, the ruling means that the “aboriginal title does exist in British Columbia” and that “when dealing with Crown land, the government must consult with and may have to compensate First Nations.”

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While several elected chiefs on reserves have signed onto the Coastal GasLink Project, the hereditary chiefs remain against It.

The Wet’suewet’en hereditary chiefs have long maintained that the elected band chiefs do not have the jurisdiction to speak on behalf of the nation and that the hereditary chiefs, an independent governing body that represents the clans within the Wet’suwet’en Nation, do.

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Journalist and Afghan translator finally reunite on US soil

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Journalist Toby Harnden and his Afghan translator Rohullah Sadat are reunited outside of Fort Dix, NJ

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They’re thankful to see each other again.

In late November 2020, journalist Toby Harnden was in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, researching his new book, “First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11,” and working with a resourceful young translator and medical student named Rohullah Sadat.

A year later — the day after Thanksgiving — the pair were reunited outside of New Jersey’s Fort Dix under very different circumstances. Harnden was taking Sadat, now a refugee, to his Virginia home, where his erstwhile translator will live in a spare room as he navigates his new life in the United States.

“I am going to Toby’s house,” Sadat, 29, told The Post. “It’s exciting and emotional. I hugged him, and it was an amazing feeling.”

Harnden, who had driven three hours to the Garden State to pick up Sadat, had brought along his dog, Loafer, for the trip. Sadat and the pooch bonded immediately.

Journalist Toby Harnden and his Afghan translator Rohullah Sadat are reunited outside of Fort Dix in New Jersey.
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“Generally speaking, people in Afghanistan aren’t used to having dogs as pets. But Loafer is a rescue … so they have a lot in common,” Harnden told The Post from the road.

“I have to take Rohullah to some place that is classically American, like Cracker Barrel,” he added.

After a harrowing few months, Sadat is finally getting a taste of America.

A selfie of Sadat when he first landed in Qatar after escaping Afghanistan
A selfie of Sadat when he first landed in Qatar after escaping Afghanistan.
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After the US withdrew from Afghanistan in late August and the Taliban subsequently seized power in the region, Sadat, like many of his countrymen, was desperate to flee.

With no help coming from the US government, Harnden brought attention to Sadat’s plight through social media and harnessed connections who facilitated his dangerous escape from Afghanistan. First Sadat flew to Doha, Qatar, where he spent a few weeks before finally heading to the US on a humanitarian parole visa.

For the last 36 days, Sadat has been living in a refugee camp at Fort Dix — along with nearly 9,000 other Afghans — where he took classes to acclimate to life in the US.

“We had culture classes and driving classes. They teach you about everything; how to go to the barber and what to tip waiters. They told us how to treat women and to respect them. In America, ladies are very kind so we don’t have to take it seriously if they smile at you. Don’t think they are in love with you,” Sadat explained.

They were also taught life-coping skills, such as patience and accountability. There were lessons on American history and geography. Sadat was particularly interested in Alaska and Hawaii, since they are physically detached from the mainland. And he played volleyball, basketball and football with troops on the base.

“We beat the troops in volleyball, but football is new for us. You need a special technique to throw the ball accurately,” said Sadat, who played cricket in his native land.

He also had his first traditional turkey dinner on Thursday. During his time at Fort Dix, the polyglot, who speaks six languages, found himself acting as an interpreter for his fellow refugees. But he was eager to leave and embark on the new phase of his life.

“When you visit the camp, everyone is Afghan so you don’t feel like you are in America. You feel like you are in Kabul,” he said. But with Harnden as his established close contact, he was able to leave as an “independent departure.”

Harnden and Sadat in Afghanistan in November 2020
Harnden and Sadat in Afghanistan in November 2020.
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Most refugees remain in the camp until the government finds them housing. Currently, they are placing them in states such as Kentucky, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, according to Harnden.

“He was pretty keen to get out. If you have no relatives and connections, the government is finding housing. It takes time,” said Harnden.

The British-born US citizen, who has written two books on Afghanistan, said they will eat Thanksgiving leftovers for dinner. And Sadat is eager to try local seafood delicacies such as shrimp and crab legs.

This weekend, they will meet with members of Team Alpha, the subject of Harnden’s latest book, which chronicles the CIA’s early invasion of Afghanistan. They will visit the grave of Alpha Team member and first American casualty Mike Spann, who died there 20 years ago on Nov. 25.

Harnden said Sadat will continue to have assistance from Team Alpha members, including retired CIA officer David Tyson, Spann’s widow Shannon and a New Jersey-based doctor.

“There’s a Dr. [Abul] Azim who is an Afghan-American and left in the late ’90s. He is a central figure in this little informal group helping Afghans. He is talking to them every day [and] seeing them through this process because he knows a lot about the system,” said Harnden.

Sadat, who was in his final year of medical school before leaving his homeland, has his own agenda.

“I want to continue medical school,” Sadat said. But before he starts the complicated process of continuing his education and becoming a doctor, he hopes to find a job and secure his green card.

Sadat bonds with Loafer, Harnden's adorable rescue puppy Loafer
Sadat bonds with Loafer, Harnden’s adorable rescue puppy.
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As Sadat drove with Harnden to his new digs in Virginia, he reflected on the horrors he witnessed while trying to escape his homeland. He saw desperate people fall off planes, watched women get trampled to death at the airport in Kabul and was trapped on an overcrowded, hot bus for more than 24 hours.

“It’s a nightmare for me and I cannot get it out of my brain. I cannot forget [those who died or continue to suffer], and I feel guilty,” he said, adding, “But I feel lucky and grateful, too.”

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Gas prices expected to drop by at least 10 cents in most of Canada this weekend: analyst

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Gas prices are expected to drop by at least 10 cents per litre in most of Canada this weekend after the price of oil plunged Friday, one analyst says.

Dan McTeague, president of Canadians for Affordable Energy, said prices will drop by either 10 or 11 cents by Sunday depending on a province’s tax system.

“This is right across the country, with the exception of the Maritime provinces — Atlantic Canada — which have a regulated system, so they may have to wait unfortunately until next week,” he told Global News.

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McTeague said provinces with an HST system will see a net drop of 11 cents per litre at the pumps come Sunday. He said Quebec will also see a 11-cent drop.

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Provinces with GST will see a drop of 10 cents per litre, he said.

“What we saw today was panic on the world markets as a result of the COVID variant coming out of South Africa,” McTeague said.

Energy stocks took a beating Friday as the price of oil fell more than 13 per cent.


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But McTeague says he doesn’t expect the drop in gas prices to last.

“There is a strong sense, and I would agree with that, that it’s overdone and when U.S. American energy traders get back to work Monday morning after their long weekend, we may very well see the prices move back up as early as Wednesday,” he said.

“So take advantage of this.”

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In the Greater Toronto Area, the average price is expected to drop to 134.9 per litre, which McTeague said hasn’t been seen in the region since Aug. 25.

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Early Black Friday deals: Apple AirPods, Samsung Galaxy Buds, Bose, gaming headphones and more

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Thanks to all the Black Friday sales, there are plenty of great deals on different kinds of headphones and earbuds right now, including noise-canceling headphones, wireless headphones, in-ear headphones, over-ear headphones, earbuds, Apple AirPods and every headphone in between. 

But where should you start looking? Right now you can find deals on headphones at retailers such as Samsung, Best Buy, Walmart and Amazon. Rather than having to scroll through each and every retailer’s sale yourself looking for something you want at a Black Friday price, we’ve done all the researching for you. 

We’ve discovered the best Black Friday deals on AirPods and headphones across the internet. Whether you’re looking for a deal on the luxe Apple AirPods Max or hoping to score some serious savings on headphones from Skull Candy or Samsung, listen up. We’ve found great, top-rated headphones for you at great Black Friday prices.  

Keep reading to see the best Black Friday deals on headphones right now. But hurry, these deals won’t last long!

Early Black Friday sales on Apple AirPods

Here are the best deals we found on Apple headphones at major retailers right now.

Apple AirPods Pro with Magsafe charging case: $159 at Amazon

Apple AirPods Pro

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These must-have 3rd generation Apple AirPods use active noise cancellation technology to block out any noise that isn’t your favorite music, podcasts or TV shows. Need to hear important announcements or keep an ear on traffic while you have your AirPods in? The AirPods Pro features a transparency mode so you can tune in to the world around you. The water- and sweat-resistant AirPod’s silicone tips come in three sizes for a customizable and comfortable fit. Plus, they’re compatible with Siri.

Apple AirPods Pro with Magsafe charging case, $159 (reduced from $249)


AirPods with wireless charging case: $150 at Walmart

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Apple via Best Buy


Second generation Apple AirPods are $50 off right now. These water-resistant wireless earbuds come with a wireless charging case. Easily share audio from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV to your AirPods. Plus, they’re compatible with Siri. 

Apple AirPods, $150 (regularly $200)

Want a deal on Apple AirPods with a wired charging case? Amazon has the second generation Apple AirPods for the best price we’ve found right now.

Apple AirPods with wired charging case, $115 (reduced from $159)


Apple AirPods Max: $479 at Amazon

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Apple’s high-end over-the-ear headphones are on sale for $479 right now during the early Black Friday sale at Best Buy, but the best deal to be had is at the early Black Friday sale at Amazon where you can grab a pair for $50 less. Apple AirPods Max use active noise-cancellation technology to block out unwanted noise and feature a transparency mode so you can hear what you need to. These headphones feature 20 hours of listening. They come in a variety of colors including blue, green, red and silver. They’re also compatible with Siri.

Apple AirPods Max, $479 (regularly $549)


Early Black Friday sales on JBL headphones

Here are the best deals on JBL headphones we found at the early Black Friday sales at major retailers.

JBL Reflect mini NC sport headphones: $75 at Best Buy

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JBL via Best Buy


These wireless headphones feature active noise canceling to tune out the world, as well as smart ambient technology to keep you aware of your surroundings, even when you’re tuning in to your favorite podcast. JBL’s wireless sport headphones are also waterproof and feature auto-pause, so you won’t miss a second of audio should an ear bud fall out. Right now they’re $50 off. 

JBL Reflect Mini NC sport headphones, $75 (regularly $150)


JBL live 660NC wireless noise cancelling headphones: $100 at Best Buy

JBL live 660NC wireless noise cancelling headphones

JBL via Best Buy


These JBL headphones are $100 off right now. These over-the-ear headphones promise up to 50 hours of battery life and feature noise-canceling and ambient-aware technology. Phone calls and virtual assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant can be managed with the buttons on the ear-cup.

JBL live 660NC wireless noise-canceling headphones, $100 (regularly $200)


Early Black Friday deals on Beats By Dre

Beats By Dre headphones often go on sale during Black Friday, and this year is no exception: You can save at Best Buy and Target.

Powerbeats Pro wireless: $150 at Amazon

Powerbeats Pro Wireless

Beats by Dre. via Amazon


These wireless headphones were designed with athletes in mind. They feature adjustable ear hooks that are customizable and come with multiple ear-tip options. Each earbud has full volume and track controls, so you can adjust your sound without taking your phone or remote out. They are sweat-and water-resistant and can hold up to nine hours of battery life. Right now they’re $100 off their regular price. 

Powerbeats Pro Wireless, $150 (regularly $250)


Beats Studio3 wireless noise-canceling headphones: $170 at Amazon

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

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These Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones are $180 off right now. The Beats by Dre listening device uses adaptive noise-canceling technology to block out sounds you don’t want to hear. Listen to anything you want, wirelessly, for up to 22 hours without recharging. Whenever your battery is running low, a 10-minute charge will give you three hours of play. But hurry, this deal expires midnight tonight (Nov. 26).

Beats Studio3 Wireless noise-canceling headphones, $170 (regularly $350)


Beats Solo3 Wireless on-ear headphones: $100 at Amazon

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

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Not interested in paying extra for a noise-cancelling feature? You can also save $100 on these standard Beats Solo3 headphones right now at Amazon. The Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones offer an adjustable and comfortable design, up to 40 hours of battery life and Fast Fuel charging that revives headphones for three hours after just five minutes of charging. 

Beats Solo3 Wireless on-ear headphones, $100 (regularly $200)


Black Friday sales on Skull Candy headphones

Budget-minded Skull Candy headphones commonly go on sale for Black Friday as well. The lower price point (paired with decent quality) makes them a good choice for kids’ headphones.

OUT OF STOCK: Riff bluetooth wireless over ear headphone with microphone: $19 at Walmart

Riff Bluetooth Wireless Over Ear Headphone with Microphone

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These headphones are compatible with just about any Bluetooth device. They feature a battery life of up to 12 hours, but if you’re running low, 10 minutes of charging these wireless headphones will give you another two hours of listening time.  

Riff bluetooth wireless over ear headphone with microphone, $19 (regularly $52)


Black Friday sales on Bose headphones and earbuds

High-end Bose headphones are popular holiday gifts, though they can be quite expensive — often $300 or more. Fortunately, these Bose models are on sale for Black Friday right now.

OUT OF STOCK: QuietComfort 35 wireless noise cancelling headphones II: $179 at Walmart

QuietComfort 35 wireless noise cancelling headphones II

Bose via Walmart


The Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones are on sale for $120 off right now. They feature noise-canceling technology, Bluetooth connectivity and a noise-reduction dual mic. Listen to up to 20 hours of music, podcasts, TV and movies. No battery power? No problem. You can even keep listening when you’re at zero percent power by connecting the included audio cable to your device. 

QuietComfort 35 wireless noise cancelling headphones II, $179 (regularly $299)


Bose Sport earbuds: $149 at Best Buy

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Bose via Best Buy


You’ll save $30 when you buy Bose Sport earbuds right now. The wireless earbuds are made of soft silicone and come with three different sizes of tips to customize your fit. The Bose Sport earbuds are sweat and weather-resistant and feature touch controls to adjust volume, pause music and answer calls, all without having to pull out your cell phone. 

Bose Sport earbuds, $149 (regularly $179)


Black Friday sales on Samsung Galaxy Buds

If you love the Samsung brand, good news: Plenty of great Samsung headphones and earbuds are on sale during the Samsung early Black Friday sale.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live true wireless earbuds: $100 at Samsung

Samsung Galaxy buds live true wireless earbud headphones

Samsung via Best Buy


These in-ear wireless headphones, available in five colors, feature the largest Galaxy Buds speaker design and active noise cancellation. Right now, you can get a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds Live for $70 off the list price at Samsung’s early Black Friday sale.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live true wireless earbuds, $100 (regularly $170)


Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro: $150 at Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

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Or step up to the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, which offer eight hours of charge (as compared to five for the Galaxy Buds), an IPX7 waterproof rating and support Dolby Atmos. Available in three colors, they’re $50 off at Samsung right now.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, $150 (reduced from $200)


Black Friday sales on Earin headphones 

The Swedish headphone brand is offering an early Black Friday deal to customers on its website and on Amazon.

Earin A-3 wireless earphones: $140 at Amazon

Earin A-3 wireless earphones

Earin via Amazon


The Earin A-3 is the smallest, lightest weight wireless earbud on the market. The small buds are designed to fit into either ear. A single charge will give you five hours of battery. Right now they are 30% off when you apply the extra savings coupon on Amazon.

Earin A-3 wireless earphones, $140 (regularly $199)


Black Friday sales on Adidas headphones

Fans of the Adidas brand can save on headphones this Black Friday.

OUT OF STOCK: Adidas RPT-01 Sport on-ear: $119

RPT-01 Sport on-ear

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The Adidas RPT-01 Sport on-ear headphones are sweat-resistant, can launch a Spotify playlist with a single tap and have a 40-hour battery life. They feature removable and washable ear cups. 

RPT-01 Sport on-ear, $119 (regularly $170)


Black Friday sales on gaming headphones

If you’re a gamer — or gifting a pair of headphones to a gamer — you’ll want to choose a pair with a mic that’s designed to work with their gaming system of choice.

HyperX Cloud Alpha gaming headset: $60 at Amazon

HyperX Cloud Alpha gaming headphones

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A great pair of gaming headphones doesn’t need to break the bank, especially on Black Friday. These Teamspeak- and Discord-certified, 4.5-star-rated headphones feature a sturdy aluminum frame, a detachable noise-cancelling mic and comfortable memory foam ear cups. Plus, they’re compatible with every major gaming console (and PCs, too).

HyperX Cloud Alpha gaming headset, $60 (reduced from $100)


SteelSeries Arctis 1 wireless gaming headset: $87 at Walmart

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SteelSeries via Walmart


The SteelSeries Arctis 1 headset is designed for PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and Android gaming. It features a Discord-certified, detachable noise-canceling microphone and comes with all the dongles you’ll need to connect it to your favorite console or device — or just use it in wireless mode. It’s on sale right now at Walmart. 

SteelSeries Arctis 1 wireless gaming headset, $87 (regularly $100)


Turtle Beach universal headset: $23

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Turtle Beach via Walmart


The gaming headset is on sale during Walmart’s Black Friday deals event starting Nov. 22. The headphones feature 40-millimeter speakers inside over-ear premium synthetic leather cushions. The Turtle Beach universal headset includes a mic that can flip up out of the way to mute when not in use. 

Turtle Beach universal headset, $23 (regularly $40)


Dark Matter Supernova USB gaming headset: $40

Dark Matter by Monoprice Supernova USB gaming headset

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The Dark Matter gaming headset features 7.1 surround sound audio, custom-tuned sound profiles and a flexible and detachable noise-canceling mic.

Dark Matter Supernova USB gaming headset, $40 (regularly $60)


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Missouri man exonerated in 1978 triple murder gets $1 million in donations

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Kevin Strickland talks with attorney Logan Rutherford Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, during an evidentiary hearing at the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City, Missouri.

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An online fundraiser for a Missouri man wrongly convicted in a 1978 triple slaying has reached $1.1 million — and continues to grow by the minute Friday.

The success of the financial effort — which was launched in June by the Midwest Innocence Project with a much more financially modest goal — has given Kevin Strickland a Thanksgiving to remember.

“Thank you for all your support!” the fundraiser read as the 62-year-old was released Tuesday from the Western Missouri Detention Center after a judge granted a prosecutor’s motion to free him. “All funds go directly to Mr. Strickland, who the state of Missouri won’t provide a dime to for the 43 years they stole from him.”

Prosecutors said in May that Strickland — who was acquitted in his first 1979 trial, but got convicted of capital murder and two counts of second-degree murder two months later — should be freed since two men who pleaded guilty in the April 1978 slayings said he wasn’t with them at the time.

Kevin Strickland talks with attorney Logan Rutherford on Nov. 10, 2021, during an evidentiary hearing at the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City, Mo.
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Authorities started looking into the case after a report by the Kansas City Star. The review led to prosecutors calling for Strickland’s immediate release since his conviction relied heavily on testimony of a now-deceased witness who tried to recant her mistaken identification prior to her 2015 death.

Strickland’s path to freedom was stymied by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, who declined to grant his clemency request despite prosecutors insisting he was “factually innocent,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt also maintained Strickland was guilty and fought to keep him locked up for a crime he insisted he never committed, the newspaper reported.

But despite being cleared of the triple slaying, Strickland is ineligible to receive compensation through Missouri’s compensation law for the wrongfully convicted since it requires DNA evidence, according to the Midwest Innocence Project.

Kevin Strickland is assisted into a Jackson County courtroom Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo.
Kevin Strickland has been exonerated of the crimes he was in prison for.
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“When Kevin Strickland first went to prison in 1979, gas was 86 cents a gallon, Jimmy Carter was still president, and the first Star Trek movie had just made its debut,” a website about his case reads. “What’s remained unchanged, though, is Kevin’s actual innocence.”

The fundraiser’s prior goal was a mere $7,500 — or $175 for each of the 43 years Strickland spent locked up. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker praised a judge’s Tuesday ruling setting aside his conviction and dismissing all the criminal charges.

“To say we’re extremely pleased and grateful is an understatement,” Peters said in a statement. “This brings justice — finally — to a man who has tragically suffered so, so greatly as a result of this wrongful conviction.”

Kevin Strickland listens to testimony Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in Kansas City, Missour
Kevin Strickland spent 43 years in prison.
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Strickland had been serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for 50 years. He spoke to news outlets while in a wheelchair as he exited prison Tuesday, CNN reported.

“Still in disbelief,” Strickland said. “I didn’t think this day would come.”

Strickland, who learned of his impending release while watching a soap opera behind bars, went directly to his mother’s grave upon being freed.

“To know my mother was underneath that dirt and I hadn’t gotten a chance to visit her in the last years … I revisited those tears that I did when they told me I was guilty of a crime I didn’t commit,” Strickland told CNN Wednesday.

Some of Strickland’s supporters, meanwhile, said they were sorry that the justice system had been “rigged” against him.

Kevin Strickland, center, spoke to the media along with his attorneys Tricia Rojo Bushnell, left, and Robert Hoffman, after his release from prison, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Cameron, Mo.
Kevin Strickland said he was “still in disbelief,” following the overturned conviction.
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“I commend the DA to realize the mistake made and give you the freedom that should have never been taken away from you to start with,” one fundraiser donor wrote. “But I learned in life the biggest gift is the ability to forgive and I am sure you will find that happiness by trying to forgive.”

The average time spent in prison for people who are later criminally cleared is just under nine years, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. At more than 43 years, Strickland ranks among one of the longest-serving former inmates in the nation, data shows.

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Princeton prepares for next atmospheric river as Canadian Forces members fill thousands of sandbags

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Canadian Armed Forces members were hard at work on Friday in Princeton, B.C., as the town prepares for more rain and water with more atmospheric rivers forecast for the region.

“The task we have here today in Princeton is to reinforce the dike and make sure the second storm that’s coming doesn’t damage homes and just reinforce some of the local, important infrastructure,” said Lt. Ekam Uppal, a Canadian Armed Forces member.

Just over 60 armed forces members are currently in Princeton, filling thousands of sandbags in the last couple days.

“It’s a phenomenal feeling to be here. It’s really inspiring to see the community come together,” said Uppal.

“This is what the community needs and we are glad and happy to provide any assistance we can.”

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The goal is to build a sandbag wall on top of the dike, adding an extra half a metre to its height.

The mayor said the Canadian Armed Forces presence in town has lifted the spirit of residents as well as himself.

“It’s invaluable to our community; we are so grateful they are here,” said Spencer Coyne, Princeton’s mayor.

“Last night, I brought my son into town and he was hoping to run into (an armed forces member) and thank them. He’s been pretty nervous and the fact that these guys are in town seems to take a load of pressure off him, it just shows how important their presence is in our community right now.”

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An evacuation order is now in place for a small section of town on the Westside of Princeton — only one property is in that area.

The evacuation alert for Electoral Area H remains due to a possible landslide, which could bring even more trouble to the Similkameen community.

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“They don’t want people in that area, because we don’t know what may happen. If we get the rain that is forecasted it may cause a major incident,” said Bob Coyne, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen’s Area H area director.

A large landslide could possibly block a section of Similkameen, forcing the river to find a new route.

That’s something the regional district is keeping an extremely close eye on.


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X Factor’s Thomas Wells Dead at 46 After Horrifying Accident

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X Factor's Thomas Wells Dead at 46 After Horrifying Accident

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The world has lost a rising talent.

Thomas Wells, who competed on The X Factor among other reality shows, died on November 13, his wife Jessica Wells wrote on Facebook. He was 46.

“I feel like it’s not real but I know it is,” she shared in a heart-wrenching videotaped at his gravesite. “He was my best friend.”

According to Jessica, who spoke to TMZ, Thomas died following an accident at the tire manufacturing plant he worked at in Oklahoma. While working, reports the outlet, part of his body got caught in an automatic conveyer belt and he was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital before being airlifted to another in Tyler, Texas.

“He was deteriorating really fast,” she said in the Facebook video. “The lack of oxygen in his brain was causing his body to shut down and his organs and everything was just not working right. And there was something wrong with his stomach and and it kind of had this smell. It’s hard to explain. It wasn’t like overwhelming, but you could tell something was happening. His blood pressure was dropping really fast.”

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Edmonton Oilers defenceman Kris Russell on verge of NHL record for blocked shots – Edmonton

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Edmonton Oilers defenceman Kris Russell will likely become the NHL’s all-time leader in blocked shots Saturday night when he and his teammates visit the Vegas Golden Knights.

Russell sits with 1,997 blocks, one behind former Chicago Blackhawks blueliner Brent Seabrook. The statistic has been kept since 2005.

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“It’s something I’ll look back on later,” Russell said. “It’s pretty special. A lot of work has gone into it, but at the same time, when it happens, it happens. I’m not going out there to try to break (it).

“I’m going out there to try to help the team.”

“Kris Russell has been doing it for a long, long time,” said Oilers head coach Dave Tippett. “It’s a commitment from a player to put his body on the line to help the team win. There’s something to be said about that.”

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“It’s pretty incredible when you think about it,” said Oilers winger Zack Kassian. “I’d rather almost take a punch in the face than a blocked shot. It speaks volumes to the type of warrior he is.”

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Russell, who has played 889 NHL games, said shot-blocking wasn’t always a priority for him.

“It evolved for sure. When I got to St. Louis (in 2011), I started playing a defensive role,” he recalled. “Then when I got to Calgary (in 2016), the coaching staff put a very high value on blocking shots.”


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The Oilers practised in Las Vegas on Friday afternoon with this lineup:

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Tippett didn’t say whether Stuart Skinner or Mikko Koskinen will start in goal.

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Biden concerned about alleged pro-Russia Ukraine coup plot

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President Joe Biden said Friday that he’s concerned about an alleged pro-Russia coup plot in Ukraine and that he’s likely to call Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss allegations made by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“I am concerned. Look, we support Ukraine’s territorial integrity. We support Ukraine’s ability to govern itself. And we reject anything remotely approaching [that],” Biden told reporters when asked about the coup plot allegation.

Biden, who is spending a long Thanksgiving weekend in Nantucket, said he “in all probability” will speak with both Putin and Zelensky about the matter, which comes as Russia allegedly masses troops near Ukraine’s borders.

Zelensky claimed Friday that Ukrainian intelligence operatives learned of a coup plot timed to take place on Dec. 1-2. He said Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov may be conspiring with Russian and Ukrainian accomplices.

President Biden said he will likely call Russian President Vladimir Putin about Ukraine’s claim that a coup is being planned.
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Ukraine, which is deeply corrupt and poor, has alternated between pro-Russian and pro-Western leaders since the end of the Cold War. A 2014 uprising moved Ukraine away from Russian influence, sparking pro-Russia protests across the Russian-speaking south and east of the country.

Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 following a disputed referendum. Prior to 1954, the important port and resort region was part of Russia, rather than Ukraine.

Putin’s government also allegedly propped up a pair of pro-Russia breakaway states in eastern Ukraine. Those territories in the coal-rich Donbas region remain at war with the Kiev-based central government.

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy claimed that Ukrainian intelligence operatives learned of a coup plot timed to take place at the start of December.
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Zelensky wants Ukraine to join NATO, which would commit the US and Western Europe to the military defense of his country.

As vice president, Biden led the Obama administration’s foreign policy on Ukraine, including wielding US foreign aid in a purported push to clean up corruption. At the same time, his son Hunter Biden joined the board of Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma, which paid him a reported $1 million per year despite no relevant industry experience.

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Proof Reese Witherspoon’s Kids Ava, Deacon & Tennessee Are Her Clones

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Exercise Family time gives you endorphins. Endorphins makes you happy. And Reese Witherspoon is the perfect example of just that.

In a new picture guaranteed to melt your heart, the actress is seen beaming alongside her husband Jim Toth, their son Tennessee, 9, and her kids Ava Phillippe, 22, and Deacon Phillippe, 18. (ICYMI, she shares the two with ex Ryan Phillippe.) As she captioned the shot, “Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.”

No big little surprise here: In the snap, Reese’s kids look like her clones—something fans have pointed out often as they’ve watched her brood grow up. And, as it turns out, the 45-year-old loves to hear about their strong family genes, especially when it comes to similarities she shares with her oldest.

“I love being mistaken for her because it makes me feel so young,” Reese recently told InStyle, noting Ava allegedly doesn’t mind it either. “She really rolls with it. I’m sure it’s not easy looking exactly like your mother.”

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WHO skips two letters in Greek alphabet in naming Omicron COVID variant

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Mediator chides U of M faculty association for dragging out strike – Winnipeg

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A mediator is urging the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) to accept binding arbitration to settle its contract dispute with the University of Manitoba.

In his final recommendation, mediator Arne Peltz has recommended independent binding arbitration, concluding that he sees “no further value in mediation at this time,” he wrote in a Thursday statement Global News received from the university on Friday.

The university has agreed to the mediator’s recommendations, but UMFA hasn’t, Peltz said.

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The association representing more than 1,200 professors, instructors, academic librarians and archivists at Manitoba’s largest university began striking Nov. 2, calling for wage increases to address faculty retention issues.

Peltz says UMFA insists all but one of his suggestions be settled by negotiation, only then will the association agree to arbitrate recruitment and retention adjustments relating to salaries.

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“This precondition is wholly unrealistic and unworkable,” Peltz wrote. “There is no need for this strike to continue. If it does, this will not be because of a restrictive government mandate or employer intransigence.”


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A UMFA spokesperson says the association “is committed to negotiating a fair agreement that prioritizes recruitment and retention at the University of Manitoba.”

“UMFA remains open to arbitration if certain issues relating to governance and working conditions for our members can be resolved beforehand,” they said, adding that the university’s administration chose to reject its proposals on these points Thursday night.

UMFA says it learned Friday that the university rejected its proposals, in part, because the mediator “failed to adequately communicate information.”

Faculty association representatives and the university met on Friday, agreeing to continue bargaining over the weekend without a mediator, the spokesperson said.

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Peltz says binding arbitration is “a recognized component of the collective bargaining process,” useful in resolving disputes that affect innocent third parties like students.

“Students should not continue to suffer during a leisurely and ultimately futile negotiation,” Peltz said.

UMFA, however, says it believes it can reach an agreement with the university that will benefit its members as well as students.

The University of Manitoba said they weren’t available for an interview Friday, only saying they agreed to accept the mediator’s recommendations.

— with files from Abigail Turner




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WHO skips two letters in alphabet in naming Omicron variant

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The emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has international health experts worried, financial markets roiled and the Internet confused over how the new name was chosen.

The World Health Organization appeared to skip two letters in the Greek alphabet when it announced Friday the name for the latest coronavirus variant, which was first identified in South Africa.

Nu and Xi were apparently the next letters in the Greek alphabet that have yet to be used for a variant, according to data on their website.

Although the WHO didn’t immediately explain the decision, Internet pundits and politicians speculated that the group skipped Nu to avoid confusion with the word “new” and passed on Xi because of its written similarity to the name Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) retweeted a Telegraph editor who cited a WHO source saying Xi was skipped to “avoid stigmatizing a region.”

“If the WHO is this scared of the Chinese Communist Party, how can they be trusted to call them out next time they’re trying to cover up a catastrophic global pandemic?” Cruz sniped in a criticism of the country’s role in the outbreak.

Sen. Ted Cruz blasted the World Health Organization for skipping over Xi to avoid associating the new COVID-19 variant to Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
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Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer had a different take.

“Kudos to the WHO for skipping over the potentially confusing Nu and Xi names and going straight to Omicron,” he wrote.

Others joked about the apparent choice after many media outlets had prematurely started calling the Omicron variant “Nu.”

“As a letter enthusiast, I feel sad for Nu and Xi not getting their moments,” tweeted one user. “I get it, but it’s still a bummer.”

General view of the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, February 1, 2016. Independent experts to the World Health Organization began deliberating on Monday whether to declare a global emergency over the Zika virus, which has been linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil.
The World Health Organization has already named several COVID-19 variants with Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta.
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“No sorry we’re not calling the new COVID strain ‘nu variant’, are we?,” another said. “I refuse to have my Christmas cancelled by something that shares and epithet with a playlist featuring Limp Bizkit.”

The WHO has been using Greek letters such as Alpha, Beta and Delta to describe the variants, saying it on its website it would “be easier and more practical to be discussed by non-scientific audiences.” Omicron is the fifth variant to be designated a variant of concern by WHO, which also gave the designation for Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta.

A spokesperson from WHO didn’t respond to a request for comment by The Post on Friday.

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Driver avoids $2K ticket after setting cruise control in miles per hour in Saskatchewan

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Saskatchewan RCMP says one of its officers demonstrated a “friendly” and “stereotypically Canadian” attitude when dealing with a speeder this week.

During regular patrols around noon on Tuesday, a vehicle was observed travelling westbound at a high rate of speed on Highway 1 near Wolseley, Sask., read a press release.

The officer said they double-checked the radar to ensure it was functioning properly and again it showed 202 km/h.

After stopping the vehicle, the driver was confused by the speed captured by the radar.

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RCMP said the driver had recently entered Canada and it was determined the cruise control was set for miles per hour.

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The Broadview Combined Traffic Services officer focused primarily on education versus a $2,055 speeding ticket.

“It’s not always about enforcement … sometimes education is the appropriate response,” the officer said in a statement on Friday.

“In this instance, the driver and I had a discussion about the differences between miles and kilometres per hour when driving in Canada and what the equivalent miles per hour speeds would be for highway and city driving.”


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RCMP said the driver needed to fill up with fuel twice since crossing the border between Canada and the United States.

The town of Wolseley is approximately 100 km east of Regina.


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Sammi Giancola Debuts New Romance 4 Months After Ending Engagement

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Status: In a relationship

After a tumultuous on-and-off romance with co-star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, the reality star got engaged fellow New Jersey native Christian Biscardi. And in order to protect her relationship, Sammi chose not to return for Jersey Shore Family Vacation.

“I have chosen not to join the show this season because I am at a completely different place in my life right now focusing on my businesses and relationship,” she explained via an Instagram post. “I am not the same person as I was when I was 22. At 31, I am currently extremely happy in every aspect of my life and want to avoid potentially TOXIC SITUATIONS.”

However, in July 2021, she confirmed they had split. Still, perhaps she’ll ifnd her happily ever after in new boyfriend Justin May.

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Waukesha Christmas parade victim, 11, clinging to life on ventilator

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An 11-year-old girl rammed by a career criminal in the Waukesha, Wis., Christmas parade massacre spent Thanksgiving unconscious in a hospital bed, clinging to life and breathing with the help of a ventilator, her distraught mother told The Post. 

Jessalyn Torres, 11, is one of nine children injured in the Nov. 21 crash who are still being treated at Children’s Wisconsin Hospital. 

“No mother should ever go through this. This is a very traumatic ordeal,” her mother, Amber Kohnke, told The Post. 

“The hardest part was not being with everyone and Jessalyn, in the condition she is, was not able to be with her family either,” she said.

In a Thanksgiving note to her family and friends, Kohnke described the agony of watching her child struggle to breathe.

“Let me say this again… she is a fighter!” Kohnke wrote in the Facebook post.“I sat here and held her hand, kissed her head and just watched and cried and told her I was so proud of her.”

Jessalyn Torres, 11, is one of nine children injured in the Nov. 21 crash.
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She suffered a broken pelvis and femur, a fractured skull, lacerations to her lungs and an injury to her kidney when Darrell Brooks allegedly barreled through the small town holiday parade in a red SUV, injuring 60 people and killing six.

Torres is one of four children who remain in a serious condition, while three others are in fair condition and two are in a good condition, the hospital said. 

Her little girl was dancing in the parade before Brooks unleashed hell at the event — and she was thrown into the air after the impact. 

The collision caused her kidney to tear from the renal artery, rendering the organ permanently useless. She is now unconscious and breathing with the help of a ventilator, her mother said. 

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Kohnke said celebrating Thanksgiving at her child’s hospital bedside was especially difficult, not least because she has four other children to care for.

“I hate watching my daughter go through this,” she added in another note. “Cry a little tear, suck it up, and stay strong for her.”

Kohnke has raised some $110,000 in an online fundraiser to help cover Jessalyn’s medical bills.

Brooks was out on $1,000 cash bail at the time of the parade massacre after he allegedly punched the mother of his child and purposefully ran her “over with his vehicle” in a Milwaukee gas station parking lot on Nov. 2, according to court documents previously reviewed by The Post.

He has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, with a sixth expected to be added soon. 

He’ll face the additional charge because the youngest victim, 8-year-old Jackson Sparks, who was critically injured, died two days after the massacre. 

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‘I can have more fun now’: young Albertans roll up their sleeves to get COVID-19 vaccine

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Thousands of kids in Alberta are one big step closer to being protected from COVID-19.

As of Friday, Alberta Health said there have been 62,739 pediatric appointments booked in the province.

Friday was also the first day of vaccine distribution for kids. Alberta Health said 6,286 kids were booked to got the shot.

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In Edmonton, 10-year-old Alexander said he was excited to get his first dose of the vaccine.

“It means I am a lot safer from COVID and I can have more fun now,” he said, smiling. “I was playing on my dad’s phone [when I got the shot]…so distraction was my technique to not think about the needle.

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Five-year-old Freya got a special gift to commemorate the day.

“[My mom said] that it’s important to get your shot, which it is. That’s why she gave us a present,” said Freya said, holding up her gift.


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Freya’s dad, Trevor Sieben said his family will continue to be cautious until his children are fully vaccinated.

“We can start to feel more comfortable going out. Still masked and taking precautions until we know things are a little bit more handled,” he said. “But we can move a little more easily through the world.”

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It’s recommended that kids wait eight weeks between doses, according to health experts.

“We’ve been waiting for this for quite a while. I’m grateful for everyone who helped us get to this place. Our kids can feel more normal,” Sieben said. “It’s a super big sigh of relief. Eight weeks from Friday, we will be back here.”

Pfizer’s clinical trial data showed the vaccine had a 91 per cent efficacy against COVID-19 in children aged 5-11. Of the 3,100 children vaccinated as part of the trials, there were no reports of myocarditis, pericarditis or serious allergic reaction.

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Seven-year-old Maya said getting her shot means she is on the way to “more fun” and hangouts with her friends — even if it means having to get a needle.

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“I don’t really like shots, because they pinch a little and I don’t like pinches,” Maya explained.

“The nurses were great with the kids, making them feel more comfortable,” said Maya’s mom, Amy Chae. “It was awesome.”


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Fatima Tokhmafshan is a child health and human development researcher at the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre. She works as the community and patient engagement and outreach director at the Coronavirus Variants Rapid Response Network.

“It’s very normal to be anxious about any medical intervention,” said Tokhmafshan. “Health is a very, sort of personal thing.”

When bringing your child to get vaccinated, she recommends breaking up the day into three phases.

Phase one is the pre-vaccination. Make sure to discuss it beforehand, but not too early to avoid too much anxiety, and remind them why it’s important.

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“It’s very, very important that we do what we can, we use all the tools that we have available to us to curb the transmission,” she said.

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Phase two is during the vaccination. Parents should remain calm and plan ahead by bringing a distraction for their kids.

Phase three is post-vaccination. Try and plan a special treat or celebration. This way the child will have a different focus for the day.

“Acknowledge their pain and congratulate them on their bravery for being so brave and going through with it,” said Tokhmafshan. “Remind them of the heroism in the act. Getting vaccinated is just not protecting you, you’re also protecting people around you.”

Over at Exhibition Park in Lethbridge, there was a steady stream of eager parents and kids. Alberta Health told Global News, as of 7:50 a.m. on Friday, there were 396 pediatric vaccine appointments booked for the day in Lethbridge.


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Tabatha Beggs got emotional talking about her two daughters, who are seven and nine, getting vaccinated.

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“I’m relieved,” she said with a laugh. “It’s been a long time coming. I’ll probably go home and cry, but we’re looking forward to getting back to normal life.”

Nine-year-old Isabella Beggs said she was nervous, but didn’t quite know why. Once inside she was alright and ready to get the jab.

“It doesn’t hurt,” she said. “It’s very quick and easy.”

“It’s just like a little pinch then it’s done,” her seven-year-old sister Savi, added.

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Mother of four Janelle Harris said she almost started crying as each kid rolled up their sleeve to do their part. She’s been homeschooling her kids since the start of the pandemic to limit their contact with others.

“I’m so grateful for the nurses and the work that they’re doing,” she said. “We were on the computer at 7:30 in the morning the day that it was available because we’ve been waiting for this day for a long time.”




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West Side Story Lyricist Stephen Sondheim Dead at 91

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Broadway has lost a legend. 

Stephen Sondheim, the acclaimed composer and lyricist, has died, his lawyer F. Richard Pappas confirmed, according to The New York Times. Sondheim reportedly died at his Connecticut home on Friday, Nov. 26 after celebrating Thanksgiving with friends a day earlier. The musical theater legend was 91 years old. 

An icon in the theater world, Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for beloved shows such as Into the Woods and Sweeney Todd and authored the lyrics for the likes of Gypsy and West Side Story, which Steven Spielberg has adapted into a new film due out in December.

For his life’s work, Sondheim amassed eight Tony Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, as well as eight Grammy Awards and an Oscar for Best Original Song. “I never thought very highly of awards,” he said during his 1971 Tony Award acceptance speech, “but I must say it’s awfully nice to win one.”

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Brooke Shields Wears Red Swimsuit For Cold Plunge: Video – Hollywood Life

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Brooke Shields braved a cold plunge pool on Thanksgiving, but looked amazing while doing it!

Brooke Shields, 56, looked absolutely amazing in a strapless red swimsuit on Thanksgiving! The actress donned the one piece on Thursday, Nov. 25 as she bravely stepped into a cold plunge pool, which are believed to reduce muscle pain and inflammation by instantly numbing the nerves surrounding joints. She appropriately set the video to Bill Withers “Lovely Day” — although, we aren’t sure that cold water was that lovely!

“New Thanksgiving tradition,” The Blue Lagoon star quipped in her caption, including a turkey and snowflake emoji. While the weather looked sunny, it was more like a spring day in Los Angeles with temperatures falling around 70 degrees. Brooke hilariously reacted to the cold water as she dipped a toe in, opting to keep her long brunette locks up in a bun to avoid getting wet. She slowly backed into the water, rigidly putting her arms in before fully lowering her body and shoulders.

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Several of her famous pals got a kick out of the pic, including Christie Brinkley, 67. “Body-ody-ody‼️” the super model commented with three fire emojis, seemingly referencing “Body” by Megan Thee Stallion. Ali Wentworth quipped, “You’re supposed to cook the Turkey not yourself…” while Sophia Bush reacted, “Cold plunge!? LOVE.” Canadian television host Kuljeet Kaila hilariously added, “In Cali? That’s like Canadian summer weather.”

It’s no surprise to see Brooke looking so good: the actress recently opened up about feeling more “confident” as she hit her mid-50s. “I feel stronger, I feel sexier, I feel less burdened by: ‘Oh, what do they think of me?’” she said in an interview to Irish Times while promoting her new Netflix movie A Castle For Christmas.

“I’m not encumbered in the same way that I spent a great deal of my youth in. I still care about people, but I don’t put myself in this position to feel ‘less than’. And all of a sudden, I was like: ‘Why am I not represented?’ Why am I told: ‘You’re over because you’re not in your 20s’? I’m 56 and I feel more empowered now than I ever did,’” she added.

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Merck says COVID-19 pill may not be as effective as they thought

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Pharmaceutical giant Merck said Friday that its COVID-19 pill could be less effective than originally thought.

The drugmaker said the experimental pill, molnupiravir, was shown to be 30 percent effective in fighting hospitalizations and deaths in a study of 1,433 patients.

That’s a drop from a 50 percent effectiveness rate in a prior study of 775 patients.

By contrast, a Pfizer COVID-19 pill showed an 89-percent efficacy rate among 1,200 patients who took their drug, paxlovid.

Friday’s announcement drove stock prices down by 3.9 percent to $79.12 in afternoon trading.

Merck released their latest results as the Food and Drug Administration considers approving the pill.

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The FDA has said molnupiravir is effective in combating serious COVID-19 illness and death, but that they want to vet it for birth defect and pregnancy risks.

The agency said Merck agreed not to make the pill available to children.

Officials have said that anti-COVID-19 pills can help to fight the virus in its early stages and can be especially useful in areas with limited vaccine availability.

If regulators approve the pills, they could soon become the first drug COVID-19 patients can administer from home.

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Regina police issue warrant for second-degree murder suspect – Regina

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Regina Police have issued a warrant for a 32-year-old man on second-degree murder charges in connection with a homicide that happened earlier this month.

The homicide victim has been identified as Ahi S. Ebrotie, 29, of Regina.

Police are looking for Ismail Ahmed Hassen who is described as six feet tall, weighs approximately 220 lbs., and reportedly has an athletic build, black hair and brown eyes.

Hassen’s last known address is in Toronto so there is a chance he is no longer in Regina.

Hassen also faces a breach of release charge.

A 31-year-old Regina man was arrested and charged on Tuesday in connection with Ebortie’s death.

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Ebortie was found dead by police on Nov. 14.

Police have released a photo of Hassen and are asking anyone who sees a person matching his description or knows about his whereabouts to call police at 306-777-6500 or Regina Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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Best Noise Canceling Headphones – Shop This Deal – Hollywood Life

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Working from home can be seriously distracting which is why these noise-canceling headphones come in handy & they’re currently 12% off!

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They especially come in handy when you have Zoom meetings and you’re working in your house with your family, roommates, or other people, and you need to hear what’s being said. Or, if you just need to focus on your work for the day, the headphones block out all background noise so you can hone in on all of your important tasks and to-do lists. You do not want to miss out on this deal and you better act fast before the deal is over!

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Broadway Legend Stephen Sondheim Dead at 91, Famous Composer

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Broadway Legend Stephen Sondheim Dead at 91, Famous Composer

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Black Friday sales on track for record high

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Black Friday sales on track for record high

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Americans eager to nab holiday discounts lined up at stores on Black Friday, putting what in recent years has been the busiest shopping day of the year on track for record sales.

Black Friday sales in stores and online were up 12% by mid-morning, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which tracks spending broadly across cards and cash. By noon Eastern time, shoppers had spent a total of  $5.8 billion — up 7% compared to the same period last year, data from the software company Salesforce shows.

“Retail spending has been on the rise throughout the day,” Steve Sadove, senior advisor for Mastercard and former CEO  or department store chain Saks, said in a report. “As of 3 p.m. today, Mastercard SpendingPulse reports that total retail sales are up nearly 30% compared to last year, with apparel and department store sales leading the way.”

Consumers, who spent $5.1 billion on Thanksgiving Day, are expected to shell out between $8.8 billion and $9.6 billion on Friday, according to Adobe Digital Insights. The market research firm forecasts that online sales in November and December will hit a record $207 billion, which would mark a 10% increase over last year. 

According to the National Retail Federation, more than 108 million people are expected to shop at stores or online on Black Friday.

The final spending tally for Black Friday will offer a major hint if momentum that started building earlier in the season will hold throughout the entire Thanksgiving shopping period. 


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The most popular online shopping categories this year were luxury handbags, footwear and home appliances, according to Salesforce. 

Despite the increase in ecommerce, online retailers are reporting that more products are out of stock amid supply-chain disruptions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. Such “out of stock” messages are 167% higher than they were before the pandemic, in January 2020, according to Adobe.

Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette said the company is prepared. “We are deep and we are ready,” he said, noting inventory levels are up 20% compared to last year. “We are in good shape.” 

Tim Clayburn of Pentagon City, Virginia, hit the mall on Friday morning to ensure he could find the gifts he wanted for family members.

“Everyone is so worried about not having things shipped to you on time,” he told the Associated Press. “I’d rather just get stuff in person so I don’t have to worry about the shipping.”

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Retired chief chosen to represent Saskatchewan on Vatican visit

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The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has revealed 13 First Nation delegates who will travel to Vatican City in December to meet with Pope Francis.

The AFN assigned each regional chief to choose a delegate to represent their province or territory. Federation of Indigenous Sovereign Nations (FSIN) Chief Bobby Cameron picked Marie-Ann Day Walker Pelletier, a retired chief of Okanese First Nation, to represent Saskatchewan survivors.

“(Cameron) gave me one evening notice. I had to think about it because this is serious stuff,” said Day Walker Pelletier. “It’s a bittersweet thing but again, it’s an opportunity.”

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Day Walker Pelletier is also a residential school survivor. She attended Lebret Indian Residential School for seven years when she was a kid. She endured all sorts of abuses and those memories are still with her to this day.

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Going to the Vatican to meet the Pope is something she will be preparing herself for.

“I practise my culture and my traditional ways and utilizing the elders and ceremony to prepare,” she -said. “I’ve reached out to Chief Bobby Cameron to co-ordinate (a meeting) within the next couple of weeks of some of the messaging I will use.”

The First Nation delegates will be travelling to Rome on Dec. 14 before gathering with the Pope on Dec. 20. Each delegate will be given one hour to sit with the Pope to talk about the impacts of residential schools.

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“What I hope to do is to deliver a message to the Pope,” said Day Walker Pelletier. “A message of the impacts of residential schools and also a message about the unmarked graves.”

The retired chief hopes the Vatican visit will equip Pope Francis with information for his visit to Canada and that he is remorseful in his message to residential school survivors.

“I don’t want to call it an apology, he needs to say he’s sorry,” she said. “Sorry and an apology are two different things. ‘Sorry’ has to come from the heart and it has to have power from him. He needs to (have) an impact to our survivors.”

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The date of the papal visit has not yet been announced.

The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience.




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Texas man shoots partner’s ex amid child custody battle: video

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Footage shows Kyle Carruth (left in a black top) and Chad Read (right wearing a teal top) squaring off in a violent child custody battle in Texas.

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A Texas man fatally shot his partner’s ex-husband during a bitter ongoing child custody dispute, disturbing video shows.

The cellphone footage released Tuesday by an attorney for Chad Read’s widow depicts the deadly Nov. 5 confrontation between the 54-year-old victim and Kyle Carruth outside his Lubbock home, KCBD reported.

Video footage shows Kyle Carruth (wearing a black top) and Chad Read (wearing a teal top) getting into a scrappy argument at Carruth’s home in Lubbock, Texas.
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Footage shows Kyle Carruth (left in a black top) and Chad Read (right wearing a teal top) squaring off in a violent child custody battle in Texas.
Chad Read approached Kyle Carruth’s house to argue with his ex-wife Christina over child custody.
Jennifer Wilson Read

The clip shows Chad Read arguing with his ex-wife, Christina, before Carruth emerges from his home with a rifle, setting off the deadly confrontation on the front porch.

Carruth lawyer insists the shooting was self-defense, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported.

Footage shows Kyle Carruth (left in a black top) and Chad Read (right wearing a teal top) squaring off in a violent child custody battle in Texas.
Chad Read reportedly wanted custody of his two boys, ages 9 and 14.
Jennifer Wilson Read
Footage shows Kyle Carruth (left in a black top) and Chad Read (right wearing a teal top) squaring off in a violent child custody battle in Texas.
Footage shows the argument growing hostile when Kyle Carruth brings out his rifle.
Jennifer Wilson Read

Read’s widow, Jennifer, is seeking custody of her late husband’s two boys, 9 and 14, as she believes Christina Read and Kyle Carruth intend to get married as soon as possible, according to the report.

No charges or arrests had been made in the fatal shooting as of Friday, according to the newspaper. The shooter has been listed as a suspect in police reports, but hasn’t been publicly identified by cops.

Footage shows Kyle Carruth (left in a black top) and Chad Read (right wearing a teal top) squaring off in a violent child custody battle in Texas.
Footage shows Chad Read confronting Kyle Carruth up to his face while Carruth holds his rifle.
Jennifer Wilson Read
Footage shows Kyle Carruth (left in a black top) and Chad Read (right wearing a teal top) squaring off in a violent child custody battle in Texas.
Kyle Carruth’s attorney claims Chad Read threatened to snatch his rifle.
Jennifer Wilson Read

But civil court records identified the gunman as Carruth, a land developer and estranged husband of Anne-Marie Carruth, a judge in Lubbock and Crosby counties, according to the newspaper.

Anne-Marie Carruth said in an affidavit she was notified that Carruth was being investigated for killing the father of his girlfriend’s children after Read attempted to pick them up at Carruth’s home.

Footage shows Kyle Carruth (left in a black top) and Chad Read (right wearing a teal top) squaring off in a violent child custody battle in Texas.
Kyle Carruth’s lawyer points out that his situation was a “justifiable homicide” against Chad Read.
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Footage shows Kyle Carruth (left in a black top) and Chad Read (right wearing a teal top) squaring off in a violent child custody battle in Texas.
Footage shows Chad Read appearing to stare at Kyle Carruth’s rifle during their fatal confrontation.
Jennifer Wilson Read

An attorney for Jennifer Read then released the footage of the Nov. 5 shooting on Wednesday, saying it and an accompanying affidavit “speak for themselves,” KCBD reported.

“I am the stepmother of the children the subject of this suit,” Jennifer Read’s affidavit read. “The mother of the children, Christina Read, has endangered the physical health and emotional well-being of the children by permitting them to be in the presence of the man that murdered their father, Chad Read.”

Footage shows Kyle Carruth (left in a black top) and Chad Read (right wearing a teal top) squaring off in a violent child custody battle in Texas.
Kyle Carruth’s attorney referred to Texas’ Castle Doctrine to defend his alleged shooting on Chad Read.
Jennifer Wilson Read
Footage shows Kyle Carruth (left in a black top) and Chad Read (right wearing a teal top) squaring off in a violent child custody battle in Texas.
Footage shows Kyle Carruth pulling the trigger and shooting Chad Read.
Jennifer Wilson Read

Christina Read and Kyle Carruth had been having an “ongoing affair” despite him still being married, Jennifer Read said in her affidavit.

Carruth’s lawyer said he was merely defending himself during the “justifiable homicide” while citing Texas’ so-called Castle Doctrine, which allows the reasonable use of deadly force upon intruders, KLBK reported.

Footage shows Kyle Carruth (left in a black top) and Chad Read (right wearing a teal top) squaring off in a violent child custody battle in Texas.
Kyle Carruth proceeds to lay down his rifle after shooting Chad Read.
Jennifer Wilson Read
Footage shows Kyle Carruth (left in a black top) and Chad Read (right wearing a teal top) squaring off in a violent child custody battle in Texas.
Footage shows a wounded Chad Read laying on the ground after being shot by Kyle Carruth.
Jennifer Wilson Read

“All Texans may lawfully brandish a firearm to protect themselves, their property and their business,” attorney David Guinn told the station. “When Kyle did that, Chad Read advanced on him.”

Read also threatened to take Carruth’s rifle, Guinn said.

Footage shows Kyle Carruth (left in a black top) and Chad Read (right wearing a teal top) squaring off in a violent child custody battle in Texas.
Chad Read’s widow, Jennifer Wilson Read, claims his two children are endangered because they are in “the presence of the man that murdered their father.”
Jennifer Wilson Read

“And instantaneously, he tried to take the gun away from Kyle,’ the attorney continued. “In doing so, he was [powerful] enough to sling Kyle 180 degrees around on Kyle’s patio.”

“Raising his left leg, he was continuing his advance on Kyle, threatening him and posing an immediate threat,” Guinn continued. “Kyle responded. This is a justifiable homicide.”

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Tom Cruise Boards Helicopter In London: Photos – Hollywood Life

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Tom Cruise gets around in style! The actor sported a pair of classic aviator sunglasses as he prepared for a helicopter trip.

Tom Cruise looked calm and collected as he boarded a private helicopter in London. The 59-year-old wore aviator sunglasses and a protective face mask, which he later removed, as he sat on the aircraft on Friday, Nov. 26 — just one day after Thanksgiving. As he walked towards the helicopter, Tom stayed warm in the rainy 40 degree weather with a navy blue long sleeve shirt and scarf, hanging onto a bomb style puffer jacket.

The actor has been hard at work on the film Mission: Impossible 8 in London, planned for a 2023 release date, where he’s set to reprise his iconic character Ethan Hunt. The movie is directed by Christopher McQuarrie, and also stars his rumored now ex-girlfriend Hayley Atwell, as well as Rebecca Ferguson and Vanessa Kirby. The film was shot back-to-back with Mission: Impossible 7, which includes the same cast, and is scheuled to be released in 2022.

Tom Cruise boards a helicopter in London. (BACKGRID)

On a break from filming, Tom headed back to California in October where he reconnected with son Connor, 26, who he shares with ex-wife Nicole Kidman, 54. The father-son duo attended a baseball game in San Francisco on Oct. 9 between the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers where he sparked headlines after looking unrecognizable per fan comments.

The actor bundled up with a scarf as he hung onto a puffer jacket. (BACKGRID)

Just weeks later, however, he emerged looking more like himself while heading to a flying lesson at Duxford Airfield in England on Friday, Nov. 12. As usual, the actor stayed casual in dark jeans and a black sweater.

In addition to the new Mission: Impossible movies, Tom was also hard at work on the highly anticipated Top Gun: Maverick. The sequel is a follow-up to the movie that put Tom on the map back in 1986! In the next installment, Tom’s Pete Mitchell is still keeping up with his adventures more than three decades later as he pushes the envelope with a courageous pilot test. Original cast member Val Kilmer is reprising his role as Ice, while Miles Teller and Jennifer Connelly are also rounding out the star-studded line-up.

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Manitoba toddler dead after fall from tractor: RCMP – Winnipeg

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Manitoba toddler dead after fall from tractor: RCMP - Winnipeg

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A two-year-old boy is dead after police say he fell from a tractor in southern Manitoba Thursday.

Pembina Valley RCMP say the toddler had been riding on an open tractor with no cab along with an adult man, when the boy fell from the tractor.

Police say the boy had been pronounced dead when officers arrived on scene around 4:45 p.m.

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A release from police Friday didn’t say where exactly in the RM of Pembina the incident happened.

No charges have been announced.

Local RCMP are continuing to investigate.


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Former ‘X Factor’ Star Thomas Wells Dead at 46

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Former 'X Factor' Star Thomas Wells Dead at 46

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Taylor Swift’s Longtime Friend Abigail Anderson Is Engaged

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Taylor Swift's Longtime Friend Abigail Anderson Is Engaged

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Cue “Lover” because Taylor Swift‘s BFF is getting married!

Abigail Anderson, Swift’s longtime friend, had a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, including her engagement. On Thursday, Nov. 25, the future bride revealed her soon-to-be husband popped the question by sharing photos of the special moment on Instagram. In the pictures, the couple was standing near a beach when her now-fiancé, who she has not named publicly, got down on one knee. 

“Thankful for my man, my life, and this happiness,” Abigail captioned her post. “Happy Thanksgiving y’all.”

Taylor has not yet commented on her friend’s personal news. The performer served as a bridesmaid at Abigail’s 2017 wedding to photographer Matt Lucier

Devoted fans have known about their friendship, which began when they met in high school, for more than a decade. Taylor’s 2009 track, “Fifteen,” references her with the lyrics, “You sit in class next to a redhead named Abigail / And soon enough you’re best friends.”

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Biden delayed Africa travel ban over Omicron on advice of advisers led by Fauci

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President Biden said Friday that he delayed implementation of a new ban on travel from southern Africa on the advice of his medical advisers, who are led by Dr. Anthony Fauci.

A reporter asked Biden why the emergency precaution will take effect Monday, rather than immediately to contain the potentially more contagious Omicron version of COVID-19.

“Why not do it now like other countries have done?” the journalist asked Biden, who is spending a long Thanksgiving weekend in Nantucket.

Biden said “the recommendation is coming from my medical team.” Fauci is Biden’s chief medical adviser and was among the officials who spent a half-hour briefing Biden on Friday.

Just hours before the eight-country travel ban was announced, Fauci gave the impression he wasn’t recommending a new travel ban and cited a need for more data.

“There is always the possibility of doing what the UK has done, namely block travel from South Africa and related countries,” Fauci said in a CNN interview.

President Joe Biden insists that countries “can’t hide the variants” from the public.
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Passengers line up for a COVID-19 test before boarding at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 26, 2021.
Passengers line up for a COVID-19 test before boarding at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Nov. 26, 2021.
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“That’s certainly something you think about and get prepared to do. You’re prepared to do everything you need to protect the American public. But you want to make sure there’s a basis for doing that.”

Passengers traveling from South Africa are tested for COVID-19 after arriving at Schiphol Airport, Netherlands on November 25, 2021.
Passengers traveling from South Africa are tested for COVID after arriving at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands on Nov. 25, 2021.
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Fauci added in that interview: “Obviously as soon as we find out more information we’ll make a decision as quickly as we possibly can.”

While taking questions from reporters after the ban was announced, Biden knocked a reporter’s question about whether the new travel restriction could incentivize countries to hide new COVID-19 variants.

“That’s ridiculous because you can’t hide the variants. It’s not like someone could hide the fact that there’s a new variant and people getting sick,” Biden said.

So far, the Omicron variant, named after a letter in the Greek alphabet, has been detected in Botswana, South Africa, Hong Kong, Belgium and Israel. The infected person in Belgium had traveled recently to Egypt and Turkey and the Israeli patient recently visited Malawi, which is one of the countries covered by the new travel ban.

Although the new variant might be more contagious and vaccine-resistant due to a high number of mutations, Biden urged people to continue to get vaccinated.

“Here’s the deal: Every American who has not been vaccinated should be responsible and be vaccinated – it’s five years and over… Everyone eligible for booster shots should get the booster shot immediately upon being eligible. That is the minimum that everyone should be doing,” he said.

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President Joe Biden will hold off on banning travel from South Africa and other countries off the recommendation of White House Chief Medical Adviser Anthony Fauci.
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People with masks walk at a shopping mall in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday Nov. 26, 2021.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says his team needs more information on the Omicron COVID-19 variant in South Africa.
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Biden added: “You know we always talk about this is about freedom. I think it’s a patriotic responsibility.”

Biden sought to mandate vaccination or weekly testing upon employers with 100 or more workers, but that dictate is tied up in court. Asked if he was considering “any new mandates,” Biden said, “No, not at the moment.”

Workers prepare ahead of South Africa's national airline, South African Airways (SAA),
The Omicron COVID-19 variant has reportedly emerged in five countries.
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The Biden administration this month ended a long-running ban on travel from early COVID-19 hotspots including Europe and adopted a policy where people who enter the US by plane must be vaccinated and also get tested for the virus within three days. But rapid tests of dubious accuracy are allowed and residents of poorer countries, many of them in Africa, were exempted from the vaccine requirement.

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Best Heated Massager – Shop – Hollywood Life

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If you are suffering from sore muscles, look no further because this heated massager will soothe you in no time for less than $40!

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If your muscles are feeling sore, then you’re in luck because the HoMedics Percussion Action Massager with Heat is currently 36% off the retail price of $49.99 for Black Friday, so it can be all yours for just $31.88, saving you $18.11. Not only is it on sale, but it has over 16,300 positive reviews which means people absolutely swear by it.

Get the HoMedics Percussion Action Massager with Heat here for $31.88.

The massager is lightweight and portable so you can take it with you wherever you go, plus, it’s compact so it doesn’t take up too much space. It has a rubber handle so you can easily grip it and be comfortable while you enjoy your massage and it has interchangeable massage heads that you can switch out depending on what type of relief you need. It has dual massage heads that pivot and deliver 3,100 pulses per minute, plus, the best part is, it’s heated, so it gives you a feeling of deep relaxation.

There’s a reason why over 16,300 people gave this massager positive reviews and it’s because people absolutely love it. One happy customer gushed, “This is the best purchase I have ever made for back and neck pain! I have bought moist heat pads, inversion table, lumbar braces, etc, but this is by far the best item for relieving discomfort. I noticed at a chiropractor recently that I had immediate muscle relief when he used a similar item to break up the fascia and allow healing, releasing the bound up energy in areas that have been spasmed for long time. I researched many products and decided upon this one for many reasons: 1. it has multiple twin head covers, soft, hard and if removed the knobs have heat control! 2. it is long enough for me to use on my own back and neck with a looped handle that other massagers do not have, 3. The knobs have accordion like connection that allows for movement flow vs only one position.”

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Swift Current RCMP investigate fatal vehicle collision near Gull Lake

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Swift Current Rural RCMP are investigating a vehicle collision on Highway 37 near Gull Lake, Sask., that claimed the life of one man.

An RCMP press release said around 4 p.m. on Thursday officers responded to the collision nine kilometres south of Gull Lake.

Initial investigation determined a southbound SUV collided with a parked vehicle.

The 76-year-old man behind the wheel of the parked vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man was from Shaunavon, Sask., and his family has been notified.

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The male driver and female passenger of the SUV were both taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Swift Current RCMP and a Saskatchewan RCMP traffic reconstructionist are investigating.




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Black Friday deals on laptops and Chromebooks you can shop now from Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon and more

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Black Friday deals on Chromebooks and laptops have already begun.

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If you’re in the market for a new computer, now is the time to start shopping. Black Friday 2021 sales are jam-packed with great deals on Chromebooks, laptops, touchscreens, 2-in-1 devices and more. It’s one of your best opportunities all year to buy a Chromebook for as little as $99, or a Windows 10 laptop for as little as $130. You might not find a better deal until Black Friday 2022.

How can you pick between laptops and Chromebooks? If you mostly do light computing tasks, such as visiting websites, writing documents or video conferencing, an inexpensive Chromebook is a great choice. But if you’re a gamer, like to edit photos, or frequently work with big data, a more powerful Windows 10 or MacBook is a better option.

Screen size is important — smaller devices are more portable, but larger screens are easier to read. Features such as touchscreen functionality and tablet mode are a matter of personal preference.

Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon and Samsung all have deals on Chromebooks and laptops available now, featuring Apple, HP and more. To view all the deals, tap the buttons below. Or scroll down and check out our top laptop picks.

Find some of the highlights from these Black Friday sales ahead. The Chromebooks and laptops below also make for excellent holiday gifts.


GeoBook 120 Minecraft edition 12.5″ HD laptop: $130 at Best Buy

GeoBook 120 Minecraft edition 12.5

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This is about as cheap as we’ve seen any non-Chromebook get this year. The 12.5-inch GeoBook 120 Minecraft edition comes pre-loaded with Windows 10 in S-mode, a one-year subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal and Minecraft included free from the Microsoft Store. Features 4GB of memory and 64GB SSD storage.

GeoBook 120 Minecraft edition 12.5″ HD laptop, $130 (regularly $260)

You can upgrade your GeoBook to an Intel Pentium processor for just $100 more. And that’s not the only upgrade you get: The GeoBook 240 features a full HD screen, 8 GB of memory and 128 GB SSD storage. 

GeoBook 240 14.1-inch FHD laptop, $230 (regularly $400)


11.6″ ASUS Chromebook (32 GB): $99 at Best Buy

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If you’re shopping for a Chromebook this holiday season, you’ll be hard pressed to find a less expensive device than this $99 ASUS offered by Best Buy right now. It features an Intel Celeron processor, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of flash memory.

11.6″ ASUS Chromebook (32GB), $99 (regularly $219)


13.3″ Galaxy Book Pro (512 GB): $1099

Galaxy Book Pro

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Samsung’s Black Friday deals include a sale on their Galaxy Book Pro. The 13.3″ Samsung Galaxy Book Pro features an AMOLED screen that adjusts to indoor and outdoor lighting. The device runs on an 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 512GB of storage. (For an extra $100, you can upgrade to a 15.6-inch screen.)

Galaxy Book Pro: $1,100 (regularly $1,400)


Lenovo Flex 3 11-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook: $149 at Best Buy

Lenovo Flex 3 11-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook

Lenovo via Best Buy


Or, for $50 more, you can upgrade to this Lenovo Flex 3 Chromebook that doubles as a touchscreen tablet during Best Buy’s Black Friday sale. The Chromebook features natural finger-touch navigation, multicore processing, a built-in 720p webcam with microphone, a 4 GB system memory and a 32 GB eMMC flash memory.

Lenovo Flex 3 11-inch 2-in-1 Chromebook, $149 (reduced from $379)


11.6″ HP Chromebook with touchscreen (32 GB): $160 at Amazon

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This HP Chromebook features 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, an 11.6-inch touchscreen and a fantastic price.

11.6″ HP Chromebook with touchscreen, $160 (reduced from $260)


Samsung Chromebook 4 (32 GB): $129 at Walmart

Samsung Chromebook 4

Samsung via Walmart


This slim, 11.6-inch device features 4 GB of memory, 32 GB of storage, a full-size keyboard and trackpad, and voice control with Google Assistant. 

Samsung Chromebook 4, $129 (regularly $284)


Lenovo 14″ Yoga 9i 14 2-in-1 laptop (512 GB): $1,350

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This Windows 11 upgradable Lenovo model features a powerful quad-core with an eight-way processing performance. It has a 16 GB system memory and 512 GB of storage.

14″ Lenovo Yoga 9i 2-in-1 laptop, $1,350 (regularly $1,750)


Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3 convertible (64 GB): $160

Lenovo Flex 3 Chromebook

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Another solid Chromebook option is the 11.6-inch Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3, currently rated 4.5 stars at Amazon. The touchscreen has a 360-degree hinge that converts it between laptop mode, tent mode, tablet mode and stand mode. It has 4 GB of memory, 64 GB of storage and a battery that lasts 10 hours on a charge.

Lenovo Chromebook Flex 3 convertible, $160 (reduced from $320)


Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (256 GB): $800 at Best Buy

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This multi-tasking laptop is on sale at Best Buy. This Microsoft device features an Intel Core processor, all-day battery, instant-on abilities, improved graphics, two USB-C ports and up to 16 GB RAM and 256 GB of storage. It’s also the thinnest Surface device yet, at just 7.33 millimeters. Right now you can buy it for $400 off its regular price at Best Buy.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7, $800 (regularly $1,200)


MacBook Air (256 GB): $849 at Amazon

Apple MacBook Air

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The least expensive MacBook option — aside from picking up an older, refurbished MacBook model, of course — is the MacBook Air. Powered by the Apple M1 chip, it’s a fast machine in a tiny package. It has a silent, fanless design and, of course, Apple’s signature Retina display.

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Op-Ed: The non-victory victory in the Ahmaud Arbery case

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I’m as relieved as anyone that the three men who hunted down and shot Ahmaud Arbery without provocation were found guilty of murder, but it’s hard to get too happy.

Justice was done — but isn’t this what was supposed to happen? We’ve been celebrating these verdicts as a victory, when they should be seen as merely the routine outcome of a trial in which the prosecution had evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to convict. And we’re celebrating this outcome because it’s an exception in a trial in which an accused killer is white — and loudly claiming self-defense — and the victim is Black. That fact is nothing to celebrate either.

Many people, including the victim’s family, see the prosecutor’s success as the fruit of a hard-fought battle to do the right thing legally for Ahmaud Arbery. It is. But it comes too late: Arbery is dead. Critical as the legal win is, it is also an admission that a tragedy like this — the fatal shooting of a Black man by white men who were determined to see him as a threat, and eminently shootable — should never have happened at all.

Over the last decade we’ve encountered too many tragedies in this vein; too few have even been recognized as such, let alone seen justice. And yet even if they had, if the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner and Breonna Taylor and so many others had all been vindicated in court, it would have been progress chiefly because it established a baseline fact — Black lives matter. From there we could begin to make real progress: a country where these surreal confrontations between unarmed Black people and white people wielding deadly force would ultimately become the exception, not the rule.

The Arbery murder is exceptional not because what happened to him was unique but because it became a marquee case. Part of that was timing. Although the murder happened in February 2020, the damning facts didn’t emerge for many weeks, heightening long-simmering public indignation about Black deaths that exploded after the murder of George Floyd in May.

The other, terribly ironic reason for the high visibility of the Arbery shooting is the fact that one of his white pursuers, William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., filmed it — not to record wrongdoing, as we might expect cellphone video footage to do these days, but to record what he thought was a perfectly justified action. Had Bryan not provided such compelling evidence, it’s likely Arbery’s murder would never have been a case at all. Before the footage surfaced publicly, the district attorney in Brunswick County, Ga., where the murder happened, had decided against bringing charges. Arbery’s death would have instead become part of a litany of crimes and incidents of questionable force against Black people that the media miss or ignore, and we therefore don’t see. The favorable verdict in the trial in Brunswick, and in the trial of Derek Chauvin, who murdered Floyd, pales in comparison to all that hasn’t been captured on video, or by reporters, and publicized.

Because such trials and verdicts are rare, there is a tendency to seize on the Arbery verdicts as a symbol. People on both sides of our very deep political and racial divisions hold up the outcome as proof that we’re not entirely screwed up — and on the more progressive side, proof that there is more than a sliver of hope for change.

I see this more narrowly. Back in 2013, a suburban self-styled watchman in Florida stalked and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin essentially for being a Black man in a white space; the vigilante, George Zimmerman, was tried on murder changes and acquitted, even heroized.

That launched the Black Lives Matter movement. Eight years later, white vigilantes have been convicted of murder, and if the convicted are being heroized, we are not hearing about it. I will grant that the verdicts at least draw a full circle, salving of a cosmic wound that’s been open a long time. But it is only one case, one salving. Much as I’d love to wave the “Never Again” banner, I can’t.

I realized this almost viscerally when I glanced out my window Wednesday, the day of the verdict, and saw a Black man running by. He was clearly a jogger; focused, in the way joggers are; wearing athletic gear; keeping an even pace. A perfectly ordinary sight, but my heart caught in my throat. I live in a predominantly Black neighborhood in a big city, not a white enclave in the South. But that didn’t curb the dread.

My reflexive fear for the running man — where was he going, who would see him, what would the police think? — doesn’t go away because Ahmaud Arbery got his day in court. In some ways, it feels more present than ever.

Erin Aubry Kaplan is a contributing writer to Opinion.

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US restrict travel from South Africa, seven other nations amid new Covid variant

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The US will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other nearby countries from next week as fears grow over the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, the White House said Friday.

The travel ban, which doesn’t apply to American citizens or permanent residents, will come into effect from Monday.

The new restrictions apply to South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.

It comes after the UK, EU, Canada and several other countries started announcing travel bans on southern Africa late Thursday — roughly 48 hours after Omicron, named after a letter in the Greek alphabet, was first detected.

President Biden said in a statement that he made the decision as a “precautionary measure” after being briefed by his chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Friday.

“The news about this new variant should make clearer than ever why this pandemic will not end until we have global vaccinations,” Biden said.

“As we move forward, we will continue to be guided by what the science and my medical team advises.”

The US only lifted COVID travel bans on 30 countries, including South Africa, less than three weeks ago.  

Just hours before the travel bans were announced, Fauci had told CNN that no decision had been made because US officials needed more data.

“There is always the possibility of doing what the UK has done, namely block travel from South Africa and related countries,” Fauci said in the pre-announcement interview.

“That’s certainly something you think about and get prepared to do. You’re prepared to do everything you need to protect the American public. But you want to make sure there’s a basis for doing that.”

“Obviously as soon as we find out more information we’ll make a decision as quickly as we possibly can.”

People line up to get on an overseas flight at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday Nov. 26, 2021.
People line up to get on an overseas flight at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday Nov. 26, 2021.
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The World Health Organization on Friday classified the new variant as highly transmissible virus of concern, which is the same category that the Delta strain falls under.

Health authorities are now rushing to determine if Omicron is more transmissible or infectious than other variants — and if the vaccines are effective against it.

It could take weeks for scientists to fully understand the variant’s mutations, but the WHO panel said early evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection.

“This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning,” WHO said in a statement after its advisory panel held an emergency meeting Friday about the variant.

The U.S. will restrict travel from South Africa among other nations.
The U.S. will restrict travel from South Africa among other nations.
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“This variant has been detected at faster rates than previous surges in infection, suggesting that this variant may have a growth advantage.”

The agency said infections in South Africa had risen steeply in recent weeks, which coincided with detection of the Omicron variant.

A Biden administration official said US scientists and public health officials were working quickly to understand the new variant – and that they were in contact with Southern African public health officials.

The advisory panel convened after South African scientists alerted them to the new variant on Tuesday.

Dozens of cases have now been detected in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel and Belgium in recent days.

It is yet to be found in the US, Fauci said.

Even though WHO said some of the genetic changes in Omicron appear worrisome, they are still yet to determine if the new variant will pose a significant public health threat.

Meanwhile, Biden urged other countries to help with the international vaccination effort.

“The United States has already donated more vaccines to other countries than every other country combined. It is time for other countries to match America’s speed and generosity,” he said in his statement. 

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Think you’ve already scored the best deals out there? Think again. Nordstrom Rack’s Black Friday sale has some of the craziest deals we’ve seen yet. Right now you can take an extra 40% off already reduced prices. You can even find items on sale for up to 90% off! Sound too good to be true? We assure you, it’s not. 

Whether you’re looking to stock up on leggings or cold weather accessories, Nordstrom Rack has you covered. They even have a ton of cute jackets on sale right now for up to 70% off. Our favorite deals? This $118 button front Madewell dress for just $10 right now, and this Michael Kors peacoat for just $38. Talk about amazing! 

So be sure to head on over to Nordstrom Rack right now to see all the insane deals for yourself. We rounded up a few we thought you might like. Check those out below. 

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COVID-19 rates continue to rise in KFL&A, 32 new cases, 267 active – Kingston

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COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket in the KFL&A region, with 32 new cases announced Friday.

These new cases have resulted in another record-high active case count, with 267 people currently infected in the region.

The health unit is also reporting nearly 88 new cases per 100,000 per week, a rate never before seen in the community.

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Hospitalizations are also at all-time highs, with 18 people in hospital, nine people in intensive care units and seven people on ventilators.

A quick trip to the local COVID-19 dashboard will show some changes in the way the health unit is monitoring the virus in the region.

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The health unit has added the colour-coded system previously used by the province to the dashboard. Currently, KFL&A stands in the red zone.

The dashboard also hosts a new graph, that shows case rates among the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. As things stand on Friday, cases are 6.2 times higher among the unvaccinated than the vaccinated.


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Vaccination rates have also changed, since the health unit began vaccinating children five and up. Now, 82 per cent of the eligible population have received both doses of their vaccines.

Some may have noticed that the vaccination rates for those 12 and up have changed as well.

Dr. Piotr Oglaza, medical officer of health for the region, says this is due to an update in population size from new 2020 Statistics Canada census data, which recorded a two per cent decrease from the data previously used.

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This leaves 88.9 per cent of the 12-and-up population fully immunized.

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