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‘Game of Thrones’ creator George R.R. Martin vows ‘grisly death’ for top online donors

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George R.R. Martin, author of the books that were made into the cult TV saga Game of Thrones, has promised a “grisly death” to two donors who give $20,000 to a wolf sanctuary.

In a video and statement on the crowdfunding site Prizeo.com, the author calls for donations to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, a refuge near the southwestern U.S. city of Santa Fe.

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“I’ve always been fond of wolves,” he said, noting that “U.S. wolf populations hit critical lows during the twentieth century.”

The money raised — the overall goal is set at $500,000 — will also support The Food Depot charity, which provided more than 500,000 meals to people in need last year.

The U.S. novelist calls for donations starting at just $10.

But at the highest level, $20,000, a man and a woman will each be given the chance of having a character — “lordling, knight, peasant, whore, lady, maester, septon, anything” — named after them in Martin’s upcoming Song of Ice and Fire novel, according to Prizeo.

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“You will certainly meet a grisly death,” the site warned.

As of Friday evening at 9:00 pm (0100 GMT Saturday) more than $280,000 had been raised — including two donations of $20,000 each claiming the character-naming prizes.

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Other rewards offered for smaller-scale donations included t-shirts, books and a drawing to visit the writer and the wolves.

Since its debut in 2011, the HBO drama based on Martin’s best-selling novels about a struggle for power between feuding clans in seven mythical kingdoms has won a devoted global fan base — President Barack Obama reportedly among them — to establish itself as the star of the U.S. cable channel’s stable.

The series has wowed critics with its densely-layered plot, lavish production values and a readiness to kill off, invariably in gruesome fashion, protagonists who had hitherto seemed integral to the show.

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Dick Cheney raising money for Trump’s re-election — with White House staffers Ivanka and Jared: report

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney is raising money for President Donald Trump's re-election at a fundraiser in a ritzy western resort town.

"Former vice president Richard B. Cheney and his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), are to appear at a lunch fundraiser Monday in support of President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee, according to an invitation to the event," The Washington Post reported Saturday. "The luncheon fundraiser in Jackson, Wyo., will feature White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, along with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney as 'special guests,' according to the invitation, which was obtained by The Washington Post."

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‘Go back to Harlem!’: Florida woman has n-word laced meltdown after bumping black woman’s shopping cart

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On Saturday, the Atlanta Black Star reported an incident in Florida, in which a white woman screamed racial slurs at a black woman at a Publix supermarket in Miami after their shopping carts jostled each other.

After the woman allegedly banged into Nicki Johnson's cart, she refused to apologize, saying, "I didn't hit you with my cart, and f**k you,  you f**king n****r."

Johnson whipped out her cell phone camera, and began recording the incident, saying "You, why don't you call me a n****r again?"

"You thinking I'm sorry?" snapped the woman. "Let me tell you something, I don't have to call you anything. Get away from me, I will call security and there are surveillance videos. Get away from me!"

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‘I’m a nurse, what are you?’: Tennessee lawmaker humiliates anti-choice activists in brutal public grilling

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Anti-choice activists in Tennessee were unprepared for the grilling they got from a Democratic Party lawmaker when making the case for a bill that would outlaw abortion before many women knew they were pregnant.

One of the speakers in favor of the fetal heartbeat bill was Baptist Pastor Randy Davis, who was questioned by state Sen. Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis).

"How many women executive pastors do you have in your convention?" Robinson asked Davis. "Or senior pastors."

"None," Davis replied.

"So is it the same ideology that restricts access to women being able to lead a congregation that leads you all to support women not being able to make a medical decision about their body?" Robinson asked.

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