A sweet social media moment revealed, a wrong text gone right and…a telephone pole?

(CNN)You know what gets a bad rap? Pumpkin spice. That’s probably because it’s infiltrated EVERYTHING. Pumpkin spice hummus, pumpkin spice gum I even saw an ad on Facebook for pumpkin spice cleaning products! Maybe you think that’s going too far, but you know what? I say, let people enjoy things. If getting fall-flavored lattes in September when it’s still 95 degrees outside makes you happy, more power to you! If you want to lather your kitchen in pumpkin spice-scented disinfectant … er, that’s cool too. Just don’t blame your guests when they ask where the pie is. A wrong text at the right moment When Abby Fink accidentally texted a stranger instead of her church friend whose son was gravely …

Angel Di Maria piles the pressure on Zinedine Zidane as Real loses at PSG

(CNN)There was a time when Zinedine Zidane could do no wrong. That time feels an age ago. By the time Thomas Meunier, the PSG full-back, added PSG’s third in the 91st minute, the game was already over. “We didn’t really get properly into the game at any stage,” Zidane told reporters after the game. “We normally create lots of chances and though we had two ruled out today there was far, far, too little else. When we win, we win together, when we lose it’s everyone’s fault.” READ: How the Champions League drama unfolded READ: 19-year-old Håland scores hat-trick on Champions League debut On a night where Zidane had handed a first start to Eden Hazard, his $113 million summer …

Purim Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s some background information about Purim, a Jewish holiday celebrating Queen Esther. The earliest observances of Purim are believed to date back to the 5th century BC. The Story:Purim is a celebration of the bravery of Queen Esther. An orphan, Esther was raised by her relative Mordechai. She married King Achashverosh, King of Persia, and was made queen. The King did not know she was a Jew, because Mordechai had instructed her not to reveal her faith. The villain of the story is Haman, the adviser to the king. Haman hated Mordechai, because Mordechai refused to bow down to him. Haman then planned to exterminate all the Jews in Persia. Mordechai convinced Esther to intercede on the Jews’ behalf. She …

New ‘SNL’ Cast Member Fired After Using Racist And Homophobic Slurs

Saturday Night Live” on Monday fired new cast member Shane Gillis in response to recent  “After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL,” a spokesperson for the late night show said in a statement Monday. “We want SNL to have a variety of voices and points of view within the show, and we hired Shane on the strength of his talent as comedian and his impressive audition for SNL. We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable. We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up …

I Took Out A $20,000 Loan To Get Married… To Myself

San Francisco Chronicle write-up that followed the event, I asked readers to consider, “Is it a cry for help? Or is this a celebration and a community of love?” Were there some differences from the weddings I normally go to in Sonoma or Cape Cod? Sure. My dress had an 8-foot-long black train intended to evoke images of mourning, my bridesmaids spray-painted my dress during the part of the ceremony typically reserved for a ring exchange, and strippers delivered pizzas to my reception at midnight. I figured there had to be a little spice for a drag queen wedding ― after all, people flew across the country for it. My wedding was designed to make folks question what it means to …

‘Queer girl with a nose ring’ rocks the Proms

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJamie Barton sings Somewhere Over the Rainbow Self-professed “queer girl with a nose ring” Jamie Barton was the undisputed star of the Last Night of the Proms. The US mezzo-soprano, who took to the stage waving a Pride flag, said her mission was to “unify the audience”. And, with a sensuous reading of Bizet’s Habañera and a wistful Somewhere Over The Rainbow, she achieved her goal. “We are witnessing something rather remarkable,” said Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawney. “That moment an audience falls in love with a singer.” Last Night of the Proms – As it happened Get every Prom on BBC Sounds His co-presenter Georgia Mann praised Barton’s “heavenly warmth” and said …

‘The Phantom Menace’ Was The Prequel To Today’s Fan Culture

Leonardo DiCaprio is at a Toys R Us right now buying “Star Wars” merch.  Despite his doubts, Callister rushed out to the Santa Monica toy store, making it in time to snap the internet-famous photos of “Over the years, I’ve had crazy calls, but generally they’ve been serious news stories,” Callister told HuffPost. “I didn’t really expect that call and that early in the morning to basically see an A-list celebrity buying ‘Star Wars’ toys. I didn’t even know Toys R Us stayed open that late.” This was “Phantom Menace” mania, and not even Jack Dawson from “Titanic” was immune to It had been 16 years since the previous “ “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” would go on to become …

‘There is nothing here’: The future is uncertain for 70,000 in the Bahamas left homeless by Dorian

(CNN)As the Grand Celebration cruise ship sailed away from the Bahamas on a humanitarian mission carrying nearly 1,500 hurricane evacuees, Ceva Seymour looked back at the hundreds of desperate Bahamians left behind at Freeport Harbour. Seymour, her relatives and all those who stayed behind are among the 70,000 people thrust into homelessness on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands by the strongest hurricane ever to hit the archipelago nation of about 390,000 residents. Young Dorian survivor saw woman get swept away with baby Nearby, in the town of Mudd, the devastation is so complete — homes entirely smashed — that it is difficult for residents to locate where their homes once stood. Local authorities believe there are people buried under …

Bahamas evacuees arrive at a Florida port on a cruise ship after facing Hurricane Dorian’s devastation

Riviera Beach, Florida (CNN)Ceva Seymour says she’s one of the lucky ones. Then, she and 16 family members were able to leave the storm-ravaged Bahamas and make their way to the safety of Florida on Saturday aboard the Grand Celebration humanitarian cruise ship.

Ferry operator apologizes after dozens of Bahamian evacuees were told to get off a ferry headed to the US

(CNN)The ferry boat operator that ordered dozens of Hurricane Dorian evacuees from the Bahamas off its boat apologized to passengers Monday but said it made the decision after being told more authorization for their travel was needed. Balearia Caribbean said it regretted and apologized for the “hardship and inconvenience” experienced by the 119 passengers from Grand Bahama who were not transported. But it added, “We boarded these passengers with the understanding that they could travel to the United States without visas, only to later having been advised that in order to travel to Ft. Lauderdale they required prior in-person authorization from the immigration authorities in Nassau.” US Customs and Border Protection struck a different tone Monday, pinning the blame for …

‘Storm Area 51’ Founder Pulls Out Of ‘Alien Stock,’ Fears Another Fyre Festival

In July, Matty Roberts semi-jokingly proposed a storming of the gates at Area 51, the Nevada military facility that supposedly contains the secrets to extraterrestrial visits to Earth. 2 million people signed up for the event ― now known as “KSNV TV. potentially dangerous idea of raiding a military facility into something positive. But the festival received UFOs ― unusually fiery objections ― from residents of Rachel, who feared the town wouldn’t be able to handle hordes of alien seekers.  “lack of infrastructure, poor planning, risk management and blatant disregard for the safety of the expected 10,000+ AlienStock attendees.” In a statement given to KSHV, Roberts said Connie West, the owner of the festival permit, refused to provide him and his …

Can strike-hit BA rebuild its reputation?

As he told the BBC: “Management want to squeeze every last penny out of customers and staff.” This week’s strike is about pay, but Mr Strutton says there is a wider context – a lack of trust and confidence in management. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBA’s CEO says they are willing to negotiate further as two-day strike begins Pilots, and other crew, have long complained about an erosion of benefits, such as poorer accommodation on long-haul stopovers. In the lean years when BA was recovering from the global financial downturn, staff say they gave up pay rises. The airline’s generous pension scheme has been closed, saving hundreds of millions of pounds. ‘Fight for survival’ While a …

From saving orphans to Strictly Come Dancing

In that programme she would be permanently on the move, solving problems against the clock, bringing an energy and an assortment of jumpsuits that would also be a feature of Challenge Anneka. Image caption There were more than 60 episodes of Challenge Anneka The crew would frequently go overseas, often to challenging locations. “We did a project in Croatia… and were working in a town called Pakrac and there were literally Serb snipers in the hills with their guns focused on us, and we had to have protection from the United Nations,” Rice says. “We all wrote letters home to our loved ones and left them in the hotel in case something happened.” The projects were often ambitious in scale, …

Pink’s Husband, Carey Hart, Knows How To Write A Birthday Message

Pink is celebrating a major milestone of a birthday and her husband, Carey Hart, knows just what to say.  “Welcome to 40 baby. I’ve celebrated 18 birthdays with you, and I can say it’s amazing growing up with you. The person you have grown into is inspiring,” he wrote, shouting out what an amazing wife, “motorcycle mama,” philanthropist and businesswoman she is.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Carey Hart (@hartluck) on Sep 8, 2019 at 8:18am PDT “Happy birthday. You have settled in my soul as the embodiment of living a well fought for life, an amazing mom and wife and human,” actress Selma Blair added. “I love you.”  “THANK YOU FOR MY BDAY WISHES. I’m …

Kim Kardashian West got super drunk and leaked her own baby news

(CNN)Turns out, Kim Kardashian West is the leak. Her son, Psalm, was born in May. My little man is the sweetest ever! He’s honestly the best baby. Sleeps through the night and by far my most calm. How did I get so lucky A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Aug 25, 2019 at 9:04pm PDT In the clip, Scott Disick asks if Kardashian told multiple people that she was expecting, and she responds, “I think so.” “No, ’cause, I mean, it was my fault,” she adds. “That’s why I don’t drink.” The reality star and beauty mogul wasn’t upset about it though, telling Disick, “I’m so excited.” “At first I was having such anxiety just because I’m …

Trump’s controversies show his presidency is really all about himself

(CNN)Donald Trump’s latest controversies make his presidency look more than ever like a vehicle for self-justification, self-preservation and self-enrichment. His presidency has often been an exercise in testing and even going beyond constitutional limits — conduct that House Judiciary Committee Democrats plan to highlight by voting this week on a resolution laying out procedures for an investigation now that they are actively considering impeachment. It is not just at home that Trump often seems most concerned with serving his own ends. The President also seems to be using foreign policy as a propaganda tool. His summits and pen pal relationship with Kim Jong Un did not end North Korea’s nuclear or missile programs. They did provide photo-ops that show him …