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‘Stop Trump’s golf course’ petition takes off in Scotland

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A petition to stop the Trump Organization building another golf course in Scotland has gathered over 30,000 signatures.

The company wants to create a second 18-hole course near Aberdeen, where now US President Donald Trump opened his first golf links in 2012 following a protracted battle with environmentalists, local residents and politicians.

Campaign organisation 38 Degrees gathered the signatures and also commissioned a Survation opinion poll which suggests 68 percent of people in Scotland do not want another Trump course.

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Stewart Kirkpatrick, head of Scotland for 38 Degrees, said: “After the first course failed to deliver the promised investment and jobs bonanza, Scots now feel the new plan just won’t bring economic benefits to the area.”

Locals said he broke promises on creating jobs and rode roughshod over concerns about construction, likening the six-foot (1.8 metre) wall he built through their community to the barrier he is planning for the Mexican border.

But Sarah Malone, executive vice president of Trump International Golf Links Scotland, said the existing course “has brought significant economic benefits to the tourism industry and put Aberdeenshire on the world map”, adding that the plan for a second course “continues to attract great support”.

“The detractors who make these ignorant and false statements should be ashamed,” she said.

“At a time when the north east of Scotland is so focused on the diversification of its economy, the Trump investment and future plans have never been more critical.”

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Robert Gray, Aberdeenshire Council’s head of planning and building standards, said the deadline for objections has passed so the petition will not be formally considered in the planning process.

But he added: “The planning service is however aware of the petition and if there is anything new within it which ought to be considered as part of the application, this will be done.”

The Trump Organization also owns another golf course in Scotland, in Turnberry, around 50 miles (80km) south of Glasgow.

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Trump is a vampire who feeds off his own followers — and no one deserved to be drained more than Jeff Sessions

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Former senator and disgraced former Attorney General Jeff Sessions has finally come, at age 73, to what is almost certainly the end of the road for his villainous political career. On Tuesday night, the right-wing Republican who served as a U.S. senator from 1997 to 2017 lost in his comeback attempt, defeated in the Republican primary for his old seat by Tommy Tuberville, a man whose cartoonish name better suited his previous career as head football coach at Auburn. The runoff election between the two wasn't even close, with the Riverboat Gambler (a silly and self-serious nickname for Tuberville, especially when "The Tubz" was right there for the taking) taking more than 60% of the vote.

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‘Top Gun’ helmet and ‘Alien’ spaceship in Hollywood props auction

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Maverick's fighter jet helmet, Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber, Rocky's boxing gloves and an 11-foot "Alien" spaceship tipped to fetch half a million dollars will go up for auction in Los Angeles next month.

The sale of hundreds of legendary Hollywood movie props will be live-streamed on August 26-27, including items wielded by Indiana Jones and Clint Eastwood's Western outlaw Josey Wales.

A giant model of "Nostromo," the interstellar tug-ship on which Ridley Scott's classic "Alien" takes place, tops the pre-sale estimates at $300,000-500,000.

Constructed mainly of wood and steel, it was personally filmed for the movie's exterior shots by Scott, who had it "repainted dark gray and weathered extensively to imply decades of deep-space travel," said event organizers Prop Store.

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Aides scramble to satisfy Trump’s need for adulation from big crowds during a pandemic: report

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In the wake of President Trump's less-than-stellar campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, campaign aides scrambled to reschedule another one in order to redeem themselves, setting their sights in the state of New Hampshire for their next event.

But the event was abruptly called off, thanks to an incoming tropical storm that never materialized. But according to inside sources speaking to POLITICO, the cancelation was more due to concerns about attendance -- a concern that underscores a challenge for the Trump campaign: how to satiate Trump's need for big crowds in the midst of a pandemic.

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