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    Miikka Skaffari, Jon Kopaloff, Amy Sussman, Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images Dakota Johnson spoke out on the allegations made against her former co-stars Armie Hammer, Shia LaBeouf, and Johnny Depp, calling cancel culture a “fucking downer.” Johnson sat down for an interview with the Hollywood Reporter this week, in which she shared she had an “incredible time” working with each actor, adding, “I feel sad for the loss of great artists.” “I never experienced that firsthand from any of those people,” she said of the misconduct alleged about her costars, adding, “I feel sad for people needing help and perhaps not getting it in time. I feel sad for anyone who was harmed or hurt. It’s just really sad.” The actress had previously worked with Hammer on The Social Network and Wounds, LaBeouf on The Peanut Butter Falcon, and Depp on Black Mass. “I do believe that people can change,” she added. “I want to believe in the power of a human being to change and evolve and get help and help other people.” Johnson went on to admit that she believes a “major overcorrection” is happening...
    An act like this is unspeakable: 2 Iowa teens charged with killing high school Spanish teacher 37 unruly airline passengers referred to FBI for criminal prosecution, FAA says Dakota Johnson may be canceled for her comments on cancel culture. See Dakota Johnson Bond With Gwyneth Paltrow at Gucci Fashion Show E! News See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Why Sophia Culpo and NFL Player Braxton Berrios Are Worth Rooting for This Season E! News See Khloe Kardashian Cuddle With Daughter True Thompson Amid COVID Quarantine E! News Frost Yourselves With These 18 Secrets About How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days E! News Hailee Steinfeld Teases Billy Eichners "Electric" and Pivotal Dickinson Performance E! News Hailee Steinfeld Teases Billy Eichners "Electric" and Pivotal Dickinson Performance E! News Jada Pinkett Smith Says Her "Difficult Time Setting Boundaries" Has Led to "Relationship Issues" E! News The Masked Singer Sneak Peek: Are the Kardashian-Jenners the Beach Ball? E! News ...
    Dakota Johnson is not holding back. The actress, 32, has been surrounded by fame her entire life as the child of actors Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, so she's undoubtedly seen careers come and go for a myriad of reasons. Now, she's speaking out about cancel culture. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last month and published on Wednesday, Johnson was asked about her former co-stars like Shia LaBeouf ("The Peanut Butter Falcon"), Johnny Depp ("Black Mass") and Armie Hammer ("Wounds") who've been accused of abuse. All three actors have denied the allegations.  The star said that she "never experienced" any abuse "firsthand" from her co-stars. Depp, 58, and LaBeouf, 35, have both been accused of physically abusing their partners while Hammer, 35, is facing allegations of sexual assault. It is unclear if Johnson was asked about specific allegations.  DAKOTA JOHNSON OPENS UP ABOUT STRUGGLE WITH DEPRESSION SINCE SHE WAS 14: ‘I HAVE A LOT OF COMPLEXITIES’ "I had an incredible time working with them; I feel sad for the loss of great artists. I feel sad for people...
    A COMPANY has created a quiz that helps people find out what bad behaviours they may have - and if they’re actually the toxic person everyone is trying to avoid. California-based Truity has developed a Toxic Person Test to help people discover if they have three of the “big five” personality traits that are most responsible for toxicity. 2There are seven types of toxic personalitiesCredit: Getty These include neuroticism (how people regulate their negative emotions), conscientiousness (how they get things done in the world) and agreeableness (how people interact and cooperate with others). The test – which has already been taken over 1.1 million times since it was released this week – uncovers your key traits within these personality dimensions and correlates it with commonly loathed archetypes that exemplify these toxic traits. Molly Owens, a former therapist who is the CEO of Truity, said: "Analysing your traits in these three key areas of neuroticism, agreeableness and conscientiousness, can help you understand what toxic behaviours you might be inflicting on the world. “Self-awareness is the first step. Besides being a fun test to take, we do...
    TOKYO (AP) — The final bout of karate’s Olympic debut seemed to have everything that makes combat sports so fascinating, right down to an incredible ending that should have made fans hungry for more of a martial art fighting for a place on future Olympic programs. Instead, the gold medal match in men’s over-75 kilogram kumite ended with a messy, confusing penalty for a kick that was apparently too spectacular for karate. Established champion Sajad Ganjzadeh faced up-and-coming star Tareg Hamedi for a gold medal at the iconic Budokan. The karatekas even represented Iran and Saudi Arabia, two nations with an extraordinarily complex history. Hamedi built a lead in the opening minute before launching the spectacular final strike of the Tokyo tournament, connecting exquisitely on a pure left-footed kick to Ganjzadeh’s head and upper body. Hamedi launched the Iranian champion backward and left him unconscious on the tatami, his eyes staring vacantly upward. Hamedi did a celebratory hop and let loose with a scream after apparently winning the first gold medal in Saudi Arabia’s entire Olympic history. It was...
    DEAR HARRIETTE: I am working on a project with a woman who is what my mom used to call a worrywart. Harriette Cole  No matter what is happening, she is constantly looking for the dark cloud. I am the exact opposite. I gravitate toward good news. I like to surround myself with people who are positive as well, so this relationship is hard for me. Just as things are looking great and our project is doing well, I can count on this woman to find a flaw. How can I either get her to see the other side or stop complaining to me? Optimistic DEAR OPTIMISTIC: Try this: When your co-worker starts complaining, suggest that she puzzle it out on paper. Encourage her to write down her concerns and map out a plan to solve them. Related Articles Harriette Cole: Would tighter clothes make me look less dumpy? Harriette Cole: My uncle had 100 bowties, and they couldn’t spare me one? Harriette Cole: She said she needed time alone, but that’s not what I...
    (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Ezekiel Elliott is the lightest he’s been in nearly a decade and believes he hasn’t lost the breakaway ability that helped make him a two-time NFL rushing champion for the Dallas Cowboys. The star running back didn’t need much motivation to get in that kind of shape coming off career lows for a 6-10 team decimated by injuries on offense in a dispiriting debut for coach Mike McCarthy last year. READ MORE: Oklahoma Shootings & Carjacking Suspect Lee King Arrested In Dallas “You don’t need more motivation than that,” Elliott said after the first practice of training camp in Oxnard, California, on Thursday, his 26th birthday. “I just know the type of player I am. I don’t think I showed that last year. I got a lot to prove. I just made sure I didn’t leave any doubt out there that I didn’t do as much as I needed to do.” Elliott’s work with personal trainer Josh Hicks showed up on social media throughout the offseason, and teammates raved while the 2016 All-Pro stayed mostly silent and let...
    Ezekiel Elliott is the lightest he's been in nearly a decade and believes he hasn't lost the breakaway ability that helped make him a two-time NFL rushing champion for the Dallas Cowboys. The star running back didn't need much motivation to get in that kind of shape coming off career lows for a 6-10 team decimated by injuries on offense in a dispiriting debut for coach Mike McCarthy last year. "You don’t need more motivation than that," Elliott said after the first practice of training camp in Oxnard, California, on Thursday, his 26th birthday. "I just know the type of player I am. I don’t think I showed that last year. I got a lot to prove. I just made sure I didn’t leave any doubt out there that I didn’t do as much as I needed to do." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Elliott's work with personal trainer Josh Hicks showed up on social media throughout the offseason, and teammates raved while the 2016 All-Pro stayed mostly silent and let them speak for him. He posted...
    The corruption trial of former South African President Jacob Zuma resumes with a hearing Monday, following several days of deadly riots linked to his imprisonment in a separate case.   Zuma is expected to appear virtually when the proceedings begin at Pietermaritzburg High Court in the former president’s home province of KwaZulu-Natal.  He is charged with multiple counts of corruption, fraud and racketeering in connection with a massive 1999 arms deal involving French defense giant Thales when he served as deputy president.  The company has also been charged with corruption and money laundering.  The 79-year-old Zuma surrendered to authorities in his home province nearly two weeks ago to begin serving a 15-month prison sentence handed down by the Constitutional Court in late June.  The sentence was for failing to appear before an inquiry into corruption during his nine-year presidency which ended in 2018.    His surrender triggered angry protests in KwaZulu-Natal which soon evolved into rioting, looting and arson that spread into Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city and economic hub.  More than 200 people were killed in the violence before...
    Zach Roloff/Instagram Tori & Zach Roloff “Little People, Big World” stars Tori and Zach Roloff are trying to have another baby. The couple, who is already parents to two children, Jackson and Lilah Ray, has been trying to get pregnant for a couple of months now. Back in June, Tori and Zach Roloff told Us Weekly that they were hoping to add a third child to their brood. “I think that we’re still hopeful that one day we will get to have another baby. And until then, we’re just kind of happy where we are,” Tori Roloff said, three months after she suffered a devastating miscarriage. Unfortunately, Tori and Zach Roloff don’t have a big announcement to make this month as Tori revealed that she is not pregnant, despite apparently trying. “I…found out today it’ll be another month of waiting. Another month of praying. Another month of telling friends and family, ‘not yet.’ I really thought I would pregnant again by now. So many people told me after a loss it usually happens so fast. That’s not our...
    FRIENDS star James Michael Tyler has stage four prostate cancer after being diagnosed in 2018. The 59-year-old actor - who played Gunther on the beloved sitcom - revealed he attended the reunion virtually so that his battle didn't put a "downer" on the night. 3Friends star James Michael Tyler has stage four prostate cancerCredit: Today 3The 59-year-old played Central Perk manager Gunther on the beloved sitcomCredit: Getty - Contributor James initially wanted to attend the HBO Max special in person but has been left paralyzed from the waist down due to his cancer battle. "[The plan was] to be on the stage, at least, with them, and be able to take part in all the festivities," the TV star said on the Today Show on Monday. "It was my decision not to be a part of that physically and make an appearance on Zoom, basically, because I didn’t wanna bring a downer on it, you know? "I didn’t want to be like, 'Oh, and by the way, Gunther has cancer.'" 3He was diagnosed with cancer in September 2018Credit: Today Most...
    He played Gunther on the hit series and provided some of its driest and sharpest humor. And James Michael Tyler revealed this week that it was his decision not to attend the recent Friends reunion special in person, but not due to covid concerns. The actor, 59, revealed the sad news of his stage IV prostate cancer diagnosis on the Today Show on Monday, which was the primary reason he chose to dial in via Zoom for the HBO Max special. Gunther himself: James Michael Tyler revealed this week that it was his decision not to attend the recent Friends reunion special in person, but not due to covid concerns Highly-anticipated: A poster for the Friends: The Reunion streaming event featuring Matthew Perry, Matt Leblanc, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, and Lisa Kudrow '[The plan was] to be on the stage, at least, with them, and be able to take part in all the festivities,' Tyler shared.  But due to his battle with cancer, which he revealed has left him paralyzed from the waist down, that plan was unfortunately scrapped. ...
    More On: cancer Ashley Cain’s family gets matching tattoos in memory of baby Azaylia Adele’s estranged dad dead at 57 after long battle with cancer Maria Menounos’ mother, Litsa, dies after brain cancer battle ‘The Challenge’ star Ashley Cain ‘shattered’ after baby daughter’s death “Friends” actor James Michael Tyler is battling stage 4 prostate cancer, which has left his lower body paralyzed. Tyler, who played Gunther on the hit series, said his worsening illness left him unable to attend the recent “Friends” reunion, and that’s why he called into the special via Zoom. “I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, which had spread to my bones,” Tyler said on the “Today” show Monday. “I’ve been dealing with that diagnosis for almost the past three years. … It’s stage 4. Late stage cancer. So eventually, you know, it’s gonna probably get me.” Tyler, 59, said the cancer began mutating at the start of the pandemic, and that it progressed after he missed a doctor’s appointment. “I missed going in for a test, which was not a good thing,”...
    When Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, speakers at the ceremony will include Vanessa Bryant and Kobe's high school coach, who says he knew he was bound for greatness.Kobe Bryant grew up before the eyes of his fans in the NBA, but you might say he was raised at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, under head coach and Philly native Greg Downer."I was always one of the first people to believe that he was going to be a star," he said.That belief began when Downer heard about a 13-year-old phenom in their school system's junior high and invited him to work out with his varsity squad."Five minutes into that initial workout...I turned to my assistant coaches and I said this kid's a pro," Downer said.There are certain qualities Kobe's fans all got to know during his 20-year career. Coach Downer knew them well, too - during his high school years."What I had first-hand knowledge of, that a lot of people did not see, was the work ethic. The work ethic...
    Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Dustin May will have Tommy John surgery next week, sidelining one of baseball's top young pitchers for the rest of the season. The 23-year-old May was put on the 10-day injured list Sunday, a day after he winced in pain on the mound and was forced to leave a start at Milwaukee. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The World Series champion Dodgers, already beset by several injuries to their pitching staff, said May will have ligament reconstruction surgery on May 11 in Los Angeles. "It's a big blow, but we've got a lot of talented players," manager Dave Roberts said Monday before the team's series opener at the Chicago Cubs. May threw just 27 pitches before leaving Saturday's 11-inning loss to Milwaukee. After his final pitch, May reacted with obvious discomfort, took a few steps and called for attention. May is 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in five starts this season. He has a career mark of 6-5 with a 2.93 ERA in 31 appearances, including 19 starts, since making his debut in...
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tom Brady is showing his age by complaining about the new NFL number rule, which will allow more choices for players at most positions. Leave it to old man Tom Brady to be the only one who hates the new NFL number rule. Whatever problems Brady thinks will arise from this will be minor at worst. He doesn’t need to worry about this sabotaging future trips to Disney World. Rather than setting the sport back, this decision frees players to wear the numbers they want. That’s a good thing. Next: Tom Brady Updates Knee Injury
    It isn’t so much the losses, which have lately arrived at a far more regular clip than at any other point in this season. It’s the kind of losses. It’s the way those losses have been happening. If the Knicks had been getting their doors blown off, chased out of the gym night after night, it would almost be easier to explain. Just about everyone had them pegged for 22 wins; they already have 25. Just about everyone believed they’d be playing out the string by now, counting down the days to the draft, to free agency, to a roster recalibration; instead they walked into TD Garden Wednesday night tied with the Celtics, who only played in the Eastern Conference finals a year ago. That speaks as much to Boston’s struggles as the Knicks’ surprises, but standings are the ultimate truth-teller. And so are final scores. This time, the scoreboard overhead told the story of Celtics 101, Knicks 99, another close loss, added to a growing pile of them. In the last 23 days alone, the Knicks have lost to...
    Groucho Marx was a logical man. During his 1950s quiz show, “You Bet Your Life,” he was told by a contestant, a marriage counselor, that the No. 1 cause of divorce is “incompatibility.” “Yeah,” Groucho responded, “he has no income and she’s not patable.” Sunday, while within the last minute of close, thus illogically endless, college basketball games, I gave the NASCAR race on Fox a shot. Twice I arrived with the screen divided in two, several cars in each live panel. Given that I couldn’t watch both at once — NASCAR fans are so gifted? — I needed at least a hint from Fox as to which panel it preferred I watch. I felt it was a reasonable thought in pursuit of applied logic. Back to basketball, the modern backward version. With the score tied, the regulation horn sounded in Drake vs. Loyola-Chicago on CBS — just as a missed shot was put up and in. Was it good — game over — or after the buzzer — overtime? As far as we could see, there was no call...
    More from: Phil Mushnick Knicks legend Clyde Frazier would have been flabbergasted by this madness before Empty apologies only add to confusing sports madness Chris Russo should raise holy hell with disgraceful Pat McAfee Coverage of Tiger Woods accident ignores reality in favor of reverence Tim Tebow didnt deserve this relentless public mockery Groucho Marx was a logical man. During his 1950s quiz show, “You Bet Your Life,” he was told by a contestant, a marriage counselor, that the No. 1 cause of divorce is “incompatibility.” “Yeah,” Groucho responded, “he has no income and she’s not patable.” Sunday, while within the last minute of close, thus illogically endless, college basketball games, I gave the NASCAR race on Fox a shot. Twice I arrived with the screen divided in two, several cars in each live panel. Given that I couldn’t watch both at once — NASCAR fans are so gifted? — I needed at least a hint from Fox as to which panel it preferred I watch. I felt it was a reasonable thought in pursuit of applied logic. Back...
    On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated that the “constant gloom and gloom” about coronavirus is “counterproductive,” because people think “what’s the point of even trying, if we’re always going to be living with it?” Maher said, “Can we be a little happy about where we are now COVID-wise as opposed to where –? I mean, it’s like they really don’t want you — I think it’s counterproductive, I really do, the constant gloom and gloom.” After quoting Dr. Marty Makary saying that he expects Americans can resume their normal lives in April, Maher stated, “I love him. I think he’s right.” He further stated, “So, is that the wrong approach to say — because otherwise, I think people go, what’s the point of even trying, if we’re always going to be living with it? Fauci, such a downer. Masks forever? I don’t want to wear a mask forever. That’s not healthy either by the way, wearing a mask. I guess we have to do it, but breathing your stale air, not healthy. So, I want...
    Talk show host Bill Maher said he wishes there was more optimism going around now that COVID-19 is on the decline and vaccinations are rolling out. Maher, who hosts the HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher, targeted Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, saying he is “always a downer.” “Can we be a little happy?” Maher said on his show. “Can we be a little happy about where we are COVID-wise as opposed to ... it’s just like they really don't want you. I think it's counterproductive. I really do. The constant gloom and doom, and it's always a new strain from Satan that’s coming. We’re coming off one year of s---.” “‘Masks forever.’ I don't want to wear masks forever,” he said. “That’s not healthy either, by the way, wearing a mask. I guess we have to do it, but breathing your stale air? Not healthy, not healthy. Yeah, I don't want to wear a mask forever.” TO AVOID FURTHER LEARNING LOSS, GET CHILDREN BACK...
    "Real Time" host Bill Maher took some shots over the pessimistic tone that's been set in combatting the coronavirus pandemic despite all the progress the country has made over the past year. Maher even singled out for criticism Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the most prominent figures in the Biden administration, claiming the doctor was "always a downer." Instead, Maher said he prefers the upbeat approach of Dr. Marty Makary of Johns Hopkins University, who has called for schools to be reopened. "Can we be a little happy?" Maher began. "Can we be a little happy about where we are COVID-wise as opposed to ... It's just like they really don't want you. I think it's counterproductive. I really do. The constant gloom and doom and it's always a new strain from Satan that's coming. We're coming off one year of s---." MAHER ON TRUMP'S UPCOMING CPAC SPEECH: 'THE SHARK IS NOT GONE. WE NEED A BIGGER BOAT' Maher quoted Makary, a Fox News contributor, who recently predicted, based on current trajectories, that "COVID will be mostly gone by April, allowing...
    ULRIKA Jonsson has hit back at a troll who called her a "Debbie downer" for saying she "f***ing hates" mammograms. The 53-year-old had detailed her traumatic experience while urging others to still go - "because not going could kill you". 3Ulrika Jonsson tore into a fan onlineCredit: Instagram/Ulrika Jonsson But she was furious when a follower sent a comment criticising her post - and she shared her response. The troll said: "I understand that you don't like mammograms. I don't either. "But every time I read your posts it's always a Debbie Downer. I followed you to cheer me up... I'm currently reviewing the situation." Ulrika replied: "Ah Karen. I'm so sorry I'm not a jolly bunny all the time. I think you're on the wrong page. #ByeFelicia." 3She shared the negative responseCredit: Instagram Ulrika had earlier shared a picture of her getting her mamogramm. She wrote: "So here’s the thing. I don’t like mammograms. I’d rather have a smear test and give birth four times, back to back. I have a somewhat compliqué relationship with my boobs. "I...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It has been one year since the world lost basketball legend Kobe Bryant. The Lower Merion High School basketball team will hold a 33-second moment of silence before Tuesday night’s game to remember Bryant. Bryant started at Lower Merion High School in 1992 and by 1996, the spotlight had found him after leading coach Gregg Downer to capture the state championship. He was immediately drafted to the NBA. Bryant, a Lower Merion native, his daughter Gianna, and seven others, were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Jan. 26, 2020. The helicopter crashed on a steep hillside in dense morning fog, which left other helicopters grounded. The impact scattered debris over an area the size of a football field and killed all aboard. The sudden death of the 41-year-old who transcended basketball left the sports world devastated. Within hours of the crash, the area outside Los Angeles’s Staple Center began transforming into a massive memorial as countless mourners gathering from across the country. Bryant played his entire professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers before retiring...
    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Quarterback Kyler Murray lingered on the bench for a minute or two before eventually limping toward the locker room following the Arizona Cardinals’ humbling 20-12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday. His right leg was hurting. His face was scrunched with a look of anger and pain. The Cardinals controlled their postseason fate entering the weekend. That’s no longer the case after losing to an opponent that was down to its third-string quarterback and had lost six of its previous seven games. “I definitely didn’t see something like this coming,” Arizona linebacker Haason Reddick said. “We don’t really know what happened. I do know it wasn’t just one person. It was a collective effort. We didn’t get the job done.” Arizona (8-7) is still in the No. 7 and final spot in the NFC playoff race after losing to the 49ers, but the Chicago Bears are just a half-game behind. If the Bears win their final two games — starting with Sunday’s matchup against the Jaguars — they will reach the playoffs because of...
    Graduate swingman Travis Atson rebounded from his worst game as a Terrier and senior guard Chauncey Hawkins scored a team-high 17 points Wednesday afternoon, but it just wasn’t enough as St. Francis Brooklyn suffered a 70-64 loss to visiting non-conference rival Saint Peter’s. Atson, who managed just seven points on 2-of-9 shooting in last week’s loss at Central Connecticut State, looked more like the player who earned Northeast Conference Player of the Week honors and averaged nearly 20 points per contest in his first three games at SFC. The former Christ the King High School standout and Brooklyn native scored 16 points and pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds for the Terriers (2-3), who never led against the Peacocks (6-3), but did shave the deficit to three points on Atson’s corner 3-pointer with just over 5 1/2 minutes to play.
    More On: new york jets Believe it or not, Jets are appealing spot for new coach Jets must nail this forthcoming coaching hire Jets activate defensive tackle from COVID-19 list How Jacksonville mayor celebrated ‘New York freaking Jets’ win Trevor who? BYU quarterback Zach Wilson put on a show Monday night in the Boca Raton Bowl, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for two more in the first half alone as part of a 49-23 thrashing of UCF. Wilson finished the game 26 of 34 for 425 yards, and may have provided Jets fans with a glimmer of hope after their team likely blew their chances at selecting Clemson stud quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 pick. The Jets currently are slated to pick second in the draft, following Sunday’s upset of the rams, but may still be eye a quarterback even if the Jaguars choose Lawrence with the top selection. Wilson, along with Ohio State star Justin Fields, is considered the top quarterback prospects behind Lawrence. A 21 year-old baby-faced junior, Wilson entered the year relatively unknown...
    The Australian diplomat whose 2016 tip to the FBI sparked the investigation into the Trump campaign said he would vote for Donald Trump over Joe Biden, saying that a Biden administration will be “divided and directionless.” “I’d vote through gritted teeth for Trump,” Alexander Downer, the former Australian foreign minister, wrote in the Australian Financial Review. “There is no perfect choice in this election. There is the slightly crazy, out-of-control Donald Trump,” wrote Downer. “And then there is poor old Joe Biden, bumbling along without any clear plans, and likely to be a hostage to a bevy of querulous advisers,” he continued. Downer praised the Trump’s administration’s relations with Australia and the leaders of India and Japan. “The Trump administration has been as good as any for Australia to deal with,” wrote the diplomat, who said his sister is a U.S. citizen who plans to vote for Trump. Downer’s endorsement comes as something of a surprise given his early role in the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s possible links to Russia. (RELATED: Alexander Downer Defends FBI Tipoff That Sparked...
    DEAR ABBY: I have been lucky enough to have fallen madly in love with the most wonderful man in the world. We have been together for two years and living together for almost a year. I’m in my mid-30s; he’s in his mid-40s. We both have had plenty of experience in love — enough to feel sure that we’ve found the person we want to spend the rest of our lives with. My best friend has been very disparaging of our relationship and makes rude comments about it. If I tell her how happy we are in spite of the pandemic, she says it’s because we’re still in the “honeymoon phase.” If I describe something kind that my boyfriend has done for me, she adopts a condescending tone and makes remarks about “new love” and that I should enjoy this now because it will change. She’s the same age I am and has been with her fiance for nine years. I have always been very supportive of their relationship, but she seems incapable of offering me the same level of...
    Katy Perry, “Smile” (Capitol Records) Katy Perry has two very personal projects being released this summer — the 12-track album “Smile” and a baby. Only one will really make people grin. “Smile” comes three years after the dismal release of “Witness,” a criminally underappreciated album that’s considered a commercial dud. That album contained the sociopolitical “Chained to the Rhythm” and the music flirted with a more hip-hop sound. It’s underperformance — and some heartbreak, we assume — led to a period that Perry describes in the liner notes as “my own darkest times.” So “Smile” is a course-correction back to pure pop, with no featured artists and no political messages. It is Perry’s “I’m so sorry” album, littered with references to a chastened songwriter — “ego check,” “humble pie,” “better version” and “2.0.” Like the cover image, she’s a sad clown. To be honest, there are only rare moments of levity. Perry is pregnant with her first child with actor Orlando Bloom and one of the best lines on the album is, “Look at me now/I’m in full...
    Multi-pronged service service provider Downer EDI has described a reversal of fortune in its yearly results, submitting a $150 million net decline as it continues to modify its mix of choices. The outcome compares with a $261.8 million internet earnings final financial calendar year and was driven by contract losses in its engineering, building and maintenance products and services company as very well as 367.2 million (pre-tax) really worth of important, or a single-off, products. The group’s services division endured a 38.8 for every cent plunge in earnings in advance of curiosity, tax and amortisation because of to COVID-19 ravaging the hospitality sector. Downer’s utilities organization also dragged, with EBITA down 15.8 per cent as NBN contracts wound down and contracts in New Zealand have been concluded. But the team still sees a lot of its long term in utilities, plus the multibillion-greenback market for transport services that proceeds to mature on equally sides of the Tasman. It is no lengthier tendering for “hard dollar” development contracts in the coal, iron ore, industrial electrical and instrumentation, and structural, mechanical and...
    Image: Getty White House secretary Kayleigh McEnany has defended Donald Trump over the well wishes he sent publicly to Ghislaine Maxwell, who has been charged with the sexual trafficking of young girls, while sharing a video of protestors described by critics as “propaganda” as the president threatens to send federal law enforcement to nationwide cities dealing with major demonstrations. Ms McEnany said that the president instead wanted “justice to be served for victims in this case”. The United Nations has pleaded with the US to halt the use of force against journalists, at least 70 of which have been placed in custody during Black Lives Matter demonstrations. The administration has defended pushing for schools to reopen in the coming weeks, following the release of Centres for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that downplay the agency’s own findings about the risks of infections among school-aged children. During a Friday briefing, Ms McEnany said: “Even if there is transmission … we believe that students should be going back to school because the effect on a child we know scientifically they are...
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