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  • Chicago Releases Video Of Police Fatally Shooting 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo

    Chicago’s police oversight group released footage Thursday of an officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy more than two weeks ago. Police pursued, shot and killed Adam Toledo early March 29 in the primarily Latinx neighborhood of Little Village on the southwest side of the city. Police said the shooting followed an “armed confrontation” and that the child had a gun. However, video footage shows no gun in Toledo’s hand and that he complied by putting his hands up. As a seventh-grader, Toledo is the youngest person in years to be killed by Chicago police. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability released materials on Thursday that include 17 body camera videos, four third-party videos, police incident reports, one officer radio transmission, two 911 calls and six recordings from the S…


  • Man Who Spat On Belly Mujinga May Have Been ‘Connected’

    Lawyers for Belly Mujinga, who died a year ago after contracting Covid-19, have raised questions about why a 57-year-old man escaped arrest despite allegedly spitting at the railway worker. Lawrence Davies, a lawyer for Mujinga’s family, told HuffPost UK a complaint had been made to the police watchdog over the British Transport Police’s (BTP) handling of the investigation as aspects of the case “don’t add up”. Concern has been raised over the weight placed on the alleged assailant’s negative test for Covid-19 at such an early stage of the pandemic, the CCTV footage, and the refusal to disclose his name to the family – who wish to consider suing him for harassment and assault. The railway worker, 47, died on April 5 last year – two weeks after the March 21 incident at London Victoria stat…


  • Gal Gadot Looked To Princess Diana As Inspiration For Wonder Woman

    Gal Gadot channeled real-life royalty when she was getting ready to portray Diana “Wonder Woman” Prince. The Israeli actor, who has played the DC Comics superhero since 2016, revealed this week that her performance was largely inspired by another Diana ― namely, the late Princess Diana of Wales. “I remember watching a documentary about Princess Diana,” Gal said in a virtual chat with Vanity Fair for the publication’s Cocktail Hour Live! event.  “There was a part where they say that she was full of compassion and she always cared for the people, and that was like, ‘Ding-ding-ding.’ That should be the Wonder Woman that we have.”  “I wanted to portray a character that people will be inspired by, but also be able to relate to,” she continued. “I wanted to show her vulnerabilities and heart.” …


  • Jennifer Aniston's Ex-Husband Justin Theroux Clears Up Those Rumours Surrounding Their Breakup

    Justin Theroux is clearing the air about his breakup with Jennifer Aniston and even has some words of wisdom on relationships. The actor talked about the dissolution of his marriage to the Friends star in a new interview with Esquire, dispelling rumours about why the pair parted ways. Reports indicated the couple, who had been romantically linked since 2011, married in 2015, and separated and divorced in 2018, had disagreed over whether they’d live in New York or Los Angeles. “That’s a narrative that is not true, for the most part,” Justin told Esquire. “Look, people create narratives that make themselves feel better or simplify things for them. That whole ‘This person likes rock ’n’ roll, that person likes jazz. Of course!’ That’s just not the case. It’s an oversimplification,” he said,…


  • Gucci Heir Is 'Truly Disappointed' By Lady Gaga Movie About Fashion Family

    Fans for months have been delighted by Lady Gaga and Adam Driver’s throwback (and meme-worthy) fashions as seen on the set of House of Gucci, set to hit cinemas this autumn. The movie, however, has already received a less-than-enthusiastic response from members of the family it portrays.  Directed by Ridley Scott, the crime drama follows Patrizia Reggiani (played by Gaga), who was convicted of plotting the 1995 murder of her ex-husband, fashion impresario Maurizio Gucci (Driver). An Italian socialite, Reggiani served 18 years before she was released from prison in 2016. Patrizia Gucci, Maurizio’s second cousin, told The Associated Press this week that she and her relatives are “truly disappointed” by Scott’s film ― at least based on what heavily circulated paparazzi photos have revealed t…


  • How To Confront Someone When You Hate Confrontation

    For many, the thought of having to confront another person fills us with fear, anxiety and a whole lot of dread — whether it’s talking to a roommate about their less-than-hygienic cleaning standards, approaching a co-worker who keeps taking credit for your ideas or telling a relative their off-colour “jokes” are actually offensive.  Rather than deal with these issues head-on, we’d much rather put off the conversations to some later date or — better yet — avoid them altogether. “We often picture a confrontation to include many factors that are distasteful to a lot of us: anger or hostility, thinking on our feet, the possibility of getting railroaded, potential rejection, or the worry we won’t be able to control our emotions — that we’ll burst into tears or make a fool of ourselves,” said B…


  • 5 Items Charity Shops Want You To Stop Donating

    Had a clear out during lockdown? You’re not the only one. Charity shops have been inundated with donations since reopening their doors, but sadly, not all items are suitable for the shop floor. Disposing of unsuitable items cost charities “up to hundreds of thousands of pounds a year,” so it’s a good idea to call your local shop first, before turning up with armfuls of goods.  “With charity shops in such popular demand right now and storage space in shops limited, we are asking the public to be mindful of which items they donate,” the Charity Retail Association told HuffPost UK. “A general rule of thumb is to consider whether the items you are donating are something that you think somebody else would be happy to buy.”  The UK has a wide variety of charity shops, including those focusing o…


  • This 'Gingerbread Architect' Creates Iconic Buildings Out Of Biscuit

    Emily Garland has tiled the roof of the Palace of Versailles, constructed the iconic dome on top of Yorkshire’s Castle Howard, and secured the windows in London’s Somerset House.  No, she’s not a construction worker with an eclectic CV. Not in the traditional sense, at least.  The 38-year-old is a full-time ‘gingerbread architect’, who specialises in making biscuit versions of the world’s most famous buildings. As far as she’s aware, she’s the only baker of her kind.  “I think to start with, friends and family thought I’d lost my mind a bit,” Garland says of her quirky career. “But now I think they really like it and they’re proud of me. Everyone likes knowing someone with an interesting job to talk about.” Garland isn’t a professionally trained architect or model maker, so she’s develope…


  • Here's Where We're At With Covid Booster Jabs For Autumn

    With no confirmation of how long the current Covid-19 vaccines provide immunity, and new vaccine escape variants circling, it’s looking likely that booster jabs will be needed later this year. Initial studies suggest we will have protection for at least six months after vaccination with the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. We could get to 12 months and find that protection lasts beyond that, but for now, because the vaccines have only been in use for a short time, we simply don’t know. With that in mind, and worries over the Brazil and South Africa variants possibly evading the immune response from the existing vaccines on offer, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has said priority groups could begin to get booster shots as early as September this year. The shots would provide an immune…


  • Why The West's 'First World Problems' Over AstraZeneca Are A Deadly Risk For The Planet's Poorest

    You’re reading The Waugh Zone, our daily politics briefing. Sign up now to get it by email in the evening. “Vaccine nationalism” is one of those practices that every country disowns, but some secretly indulge. And when it comes to their handling of the pandemic more broadly, politicians are often happy to comment on other countries’ failures while bristling at any outsider verdict on their own. We had a flavour of that over the past 24 hours after Canada’s Justin Trudeau blurted out that the UK was ahead of the world on vaccinations “yet they maintain very strong restrictions and are facing a very serious third wave”. It was a (characteristically) hamfisted attempt to justify his own continued lockdown and sparked a wave of British indignation. There was a gentle rebuff on Thursday from B…