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BBC reporter claims to have found Scientologists’ ‘alien space cathedral’

A BBC reporter and longtime rival of the controversial Church of Scientology said he has found and traveled to an “alien space cathedral” it built in rural New Mexico, according to the British newspaper The Daily Mail. John Sweeney said he went to the site, allegedly known as Trementina Base,…

Tribune media company to emerge from bankruptcy

Tribune Company, a US media conglomerate whose assets include The Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times newspapers, announced that it will successfully emerge from its bankruptcy restructuring Monday. “Tribune will emerge from the bankruptcy process as a multi-media company with a great mix of profitable assets, strong brands in major…

German weekly publishes Bush Sr.’s obit by mistake

The Germany weekly Der Spiegel published an obituary for George H. W. Bush by mistake, reported the AP/CBS New York. The former president was hospitalized on Nov. 23. He was temporarily put in an intensive care unit but is now in a regular unit. The weekly tweeted, “All newsrooms prepare…

Goodbye ‘chillaxing,’ hello ‘omnishambles’: the phrases that fell in and out of fashion this year

How our language is changing It is often claimed, usually by people justifying offences against grammar, that language evolves. It doesn’t. Evolution implies gradual change over a long period. It also contains the notion of fitness prevailing. In reality, language mutates. Each year sees standard usage deformed while new idioms,…

Charlie Sheen opens bar in Mexico

US actor Charlie Sheen, who has a long history of hard partying and scandal, has a new night spot in Mexico — his own, a local official said Saturday. The perennially troubled Hollywood star hosted a gala opening night dinner Friday at his new bar, The Goose, in the Mexican…

‘African Grammys’ delayed after Chris Brown misses flight

The Kora Awards, dubbed “Africa’s Grammys”, have been postponed until Monday because Chris Brown, the US rapper headlining the event, missed his flight, organisers said. Brown “will not arrive until Sunday at 5:00 am (0500 GMT),” the event’s communication director Konnie Toure told AFP on Saturday. The award extravaganza, which…

‘Amazing Spider-Man’ killed off by Marvel Comics as fans express outrage at Peter Parker’s demise

Spider-Man’s amazing web dries up this week when Marvel Comics publishes the final issue of its long-running “Amazing Spider-Man” series, killing off alias Peter Parker. Mr. Parker first became a hero to a nation of comic fans in 1962, discovering his super powers after being bitten by a radioactive…  …

Matt Damon laments U.S. politics: ‘We’re genuinely f*cked’ on long-term issues

Hollywood star Matt Damon recently told Playboy he has little hope that Washington can address long-term environmental issues like using hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas. “We’re at a point where politicians don’t really get any benefit from engaging with long-term issues,” he told the pornographic magazine, according to Politico.…

‘Invisible Exhibition’ opens eyes to blindness

The darkness is total. Mundane gestures suddenly become complicated. How do you find the door to your room, cook a meal or cross the road? The “Invisible Exhibition” in the Polish capital Warsaw offers an opportunity to understand what it is like to be sightless, as blind guides steer visitors…

Actor Charles Durning dies at 89

Prolific American actor who was Oscar nominated for roles in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and To Be Or Not to Be The American actor Charles Durning, who has died aged 89, first grabbed audience attention as the crooked Lieutenant Snyder in The Sting (1973). He makes an explosive…

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