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Hemingway cafe in Madrid saved from near-certain closure

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Madrid’s iconic Cafe Gijon, whose past clients include Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dali, has won a last-minute reprieve from near certain closure.

The cafe had warned it would have to draw the curtain on its 120-year history after Madrid’s cash-strapped City Hall granted the licence to its lucrative terrace to a higher bidder in July.

But the rival firm, Santa Engracia, which had bid 144,000 euros (($175,000), more than double the cafe’s offer of 70,000 euros, decided in early August to surrender the concession.

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“The Cafe Gijon is keeping its terrace,” said a City Hall spokesman, confirming a report in the daily ABC, which said Santa Engracia had given up its business plans in the face of Spain’s economic crisis.

ABC said the winning bidder had also been concerned about the uproar in cultural circles over the threat to Cafe Gijon, whose other regulars included Marcello Mastroianni, Truman Capote and Ava Gardner.

Shaded under the tall trees of the Spanish capital’s Paseo de Recoletos boulevard, the literary cafe’s outside tables had lured artists, writers and actors since 1888.

The cafe, which employs 42 staff, had said it would have to sell up if it lost the right to use the terrace, which generates 60-70 percent of its profits but is on land owned by the city.


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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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Cincinnati sheriff deputies replace American flag at the Justice Center with ‘thin-blue-line’ flag

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Cincinnati police were filmed replacing the American flag that hangs over the Justice Center in Ohio's third-largest city. They then replaced it with the thin-blue-line flag, that was created to advocate for law-enforcement during Black Lives Matter Protests.

During the Charlottesville, Virginia riots, right-wing and white supremacist activists carried the thin-blue-line flag along with the Confederate flag to speak out against Black Lives Matter.

While the flag may have been created in support of law enforcement, it has been adopted by white supremacists and taken on a darker meaning.

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