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Actor Hugh Jackman chased by woman with an electric razor

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Australian actor Hugh Jackman has vowed to “do anything” to protect his family, after US police arrested an alleged stalker who chased him into a New York gym with an electric razor.

The star was outside the gym on Saturday morning when the 47-year-old woman approached him, a New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesman said. Media reports said she was screaming “I love you.”

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The 44-year-old actor told officers that the woman approached him and “displayed an electric razor,” said NPYD spokesman James Duffy, adding: “She has approached him before at other locations.”

“This happened in front of the gym. She was trying to start a conversation with him and trying to get physically close to him. But he fled into the gym and she followed, and that’s when (gym) security people stopped her.

“There were no injuries. She was escorted out by the gym security. She fled the scene, leaving the razor behind. We recovered the razor, and we found her a couple of hours later walking about on the street,” he told AFP.

The woman, identified as Katherine Thurston, has been charged with stalking, he added.

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A spokesman for Jackman, Alan Nierob, told AFP: “Mr Jackman will do anything, under the law, to protect his family, and appreciates all of the assistance from the DA’s office on this matter.”

Jackman, who made his name on the stage but is best known for his role as Wolverine in the “X-Men” movie series, was nominated for a best actor Oscar this year for his role in musical adaptation “Les Miserables.”

The Australian star is married with two children.

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Science now supports the deadly serious warnings the Victorians gave about sleep

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“Sleeplessness is one of the torments of our age and generation.” You might presume that this is a quote from a contemporary commentator, and no wonder: the World Health Organisation has diagnosed a global epidemic of sleeplessness, and it is difficult to escape accounts, both popular and scientific, of the dangers to health of our 24/7 lifestyle in the modern digital age. But it was actually the neurologist Sir William Broadbent who wrote these words, in 1900.

So our concerns are evidently far from new. The Victorian era experienced not only the extraordinary upheavals of the industrial revolution, but also the arrival of gas and then electric lighting, turning night into day. The creation of an international telegraph network similarly revolutionised systems of communication, establishing global connectivity and, for groups such as businessmen, financiers and politicians, a flow of telegrams at all hours.

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The new Rambo movie is essentially a MAGA fever dream of bigotry

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"Rambo: Last Blood," the latest in the long-running franchise about a traumatized war veteran (Sylvester Stallone) turned on-demand badass, is less an escapist action movie and more a dramatized manifestation of the most notorious sentences from Donald Trump's presidential campaign announcement speech: "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." Even for a series that has always been shaped by a right wing worldview, the only reason for this latest sequel to exist — besides generating profits from die-hard Stallone fans — is to validate MAGA-world bigotries about Mexicans.This article first appeared in Salon.

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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to provide free tuition for students with household incomes under $75,000

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The tuition assistance program is expected to cover tuition and fees for about half of UTRGV students in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Beginning in the next academic year, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will provide free tuition and cover mandatory fees for qualifying students with household incomes under $75,000, the university announced Monday.

The UTRGV Tuition Advantage program is expected to alleviate tuition costs for more than half of the university's 21,459 undergraduate students, UTRGV President Guy Bailey said in the release. Funding will be available to incoming, returning and transfer in-state undergraduate students.

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