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Bill Gates says social media platform Parler’s content has some ‘crazy stuff’

Post-election, many conservatives, and some extremists, have been heading to Parler, a conservative social media app

by Republican megadonor Rebekah Mercer, which bills itself as a free speech Twitter-spin off.


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But billionaire Bill Gates isn’t a fan of the platform, calling some of its content “crazy stuff.”

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If somebody goes to Parler, they are saying, “I like crazy stuff,” Gates said Tuesday at The New York Times DealBook Summit. “If you want Holocaust denial, hey, Parler is going to be great for you,” Gates said.

(In October, Facebook announced a ban on content denying or distorting the Holocaust, classifying it as hate speech. Parler, however, does not police any content on its platform, so popular but controversial topics that appear on the site include voter fraud, Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic remarks, according to the Anti-Defamation League.)

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Tomorrow X Together Leads Album Sales Chart, Kylie Minogue & NAV Debut in Top 10

Tomorrow X Together arrives at No. 1 on Billboard’s Album Sales chart, as the group’s Minisode1: Blue Hour EP bows atop the chart dated Nov. 21. The effort sold 18,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending Nov. 12, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data — the best sales week yet for the South Korean pop quintet. Blue Hour is the group’s fourth charting title on Album Sales, and first to reach the top 10.

Elsewhere in the top 10, Kylie Minogue lands her best sales week in a decade with the No. 2 debut of Disco, a pair of Christmas albums from Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton see big gains, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles jump back into the top 10 and NAV’s new mixtape Emergency Tsunami starts at No. 9.

Billboard’s Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based

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Jennifer Lopez Learned Her Kids Weren’t Fine With Parts of Their Lives – E! Online

As an actress, singer, businesswoman and all-around icon, Jennifer Lopez seems like she has it all. But juggling her career and motherhood isn’t always easy.

In WSJ. Magazine‘s November Innovator Issue, the 51-year-old superstar recalled an honest conversation she had with her 12-year-old twins, Max and Emme Muñiz, about their lives. The topic came up after Lopez, who was recently named the publication’s 2020 Pop Culture Innovator, was asked about what she’s learned in quarantine. 

“I actually loved being home and having dinner with the kids every night, which I hadn’t done in probably—ever,” she replied. “And the kids kind of expressed to me, like, the parts that they were fine with about our lives and the parts they weren’t fine with.”

Lopez called the conversation “a real eye-opener and a reassessment” of “what was working and what wasn’t working.”

“You thought you were doing OK, but you’re

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Apple Will Share ‘Peanuts’ Holiday Specials With Public TV

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Good grief! Charlie Brown’s famous “Peanuts” holiday specials, once available in broad fashion each year via ABC and CBS, are now caught up in some of the complexities of the streaming era.

Apple, which in October unveiled its new rights to classic properties like “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” as well as “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” for its streaming-video Apple TV service, said it would make the specials available on PBS and its PBS Kids outlet, adopting a “windowing” model for a classic kids property that has begun to take root in a new era for the TV business.

Apple in 2018 established ties to Charles Schulz’ time-honored “Peanuts” empire, which has its origins in a daily comic strip about characters like Lucy, Linus and Peppermint Patty. The pact intially called for Apple to develop original series,

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Suburban Milwaukee Police Officer Who Has Killed 3 People Since 2015 Set To Resign : NPR

Joseph Mensah, an officer with the Wauwatosa Police Department in Wisconsin, has fatally shot three people in the line of duty since 2015 and is resigning from the department Nov. 30.

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Joseph Mensah, an officer with the Wauwatosa Police Department in Wisconsin, has fatally shot three people in the line of duty since 2015 and is resigning from the department Nov. 30.

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Joseph Mensah, a Wauwatosa, Wis., police officer who has been suspended from the department since this summer, is being allowed to resign at the end of this month, city officials announced.

Mensah has been suspended from the suburban Milwaukee police department since July 15. He has shot and killed three people in the line of duty since 2015, according to multiple reports, including a Black teenager outside a shopping mall in February.

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Live From Skylight Run Reunites Concert Colleagues Carole Demas and Sarah Rice

BWW Previews: Live From Skylight Run Reunites Concert Colleagues Carole Demas and Sarah Rice

Broadway veterans Carole Demas, who originated the role of Sandy in
Grease, and Sarah Rice, who originated the role of Johanna in Sweeney
Todd, have teamed up once again to share their talents with LIVE FROM SKYLIGHT RUN audiences. Demas and Rice each played Luisa in the long-running original
production of THE FANTASTICKS and have remained friends ever since. Their Tribute to Jones & Schmidt won a coveted BISTRO Award last year.

This show will feature a wide range of songs, both in duets and solo
turns throughout the evening. Carole and Sarah have appeared together in
many New York City Concerts and clubs. Their tribute to the music of
Jones and Schmidt (Thank You For Your Love) won them a prestigious
Bistro Award in 2018. Their reviews both singularly and collectively
have been raves.

BWW Previews: Live From Skylight Run Reunites Concert Colleagues Carole Demas and Sarah Rice• “Superb, relevant and ageless entertainment” – Cabaret Scenes • “Their
endearing and vocal best”

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‘The Undoing’ Producer Stephen Garrett Options Holly Watt Novels ‘To The Lions’ and ‘The Dead Line’ for TV (EXCLUSIVE)

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Stephen Garrett, one of the producers behind new HBO hit “The Undoing” and the BBC-AMC series “The Night Manager,” has set his eyes on a new TV project.

Garrett and his Character 7 production banner have optioned the rights to adapt Holly Watt’s acclaimed thriller novels “To The Lions” and “The Dead Line” for television, Variety has learned exclusively.

The two novels follow the life and adventures of globetrotting investigative journalist Casey Benedict, with “To the Lions” taking her into the North African desert to investigate a series of mysterious and disturbing incidents in a Moroccan refugee camp and a trail leading back to the highest echelons of Western society. In follow-up “The Dead Line,” Casey seeks the source of a desperate message secreted in clothing sold on the British high street. Her search takes her across the world to a Bangladeshi refugee

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Body found after shooting in Birmingham’s Inglenook neighborhood

Birmingham police responded to a morning shooting in Inglenook on Wednesday and a shooting victim was dead at the scene.

East Precinct officers responded to the 400 block of 36th Avenue North around 10:12 a.m. Wednesday, where they found an unresponsive man lying on the ground on the side of an apartment building, said Birmingham police Sgt. Rod Mauldin. Birmingham Fire and Rescue and the Jefferson County coroner pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Police have limited information on the incident but said the victim suffered a gunshot wound. While the department received reports that the death was a suicide, no cause of death has been determined, Mauldin said, adding that further information about the cause of death would be released after confirmation from the coroner.

Jonathan Davis, who lives in the neighborhood, said he heard three gunshots and went out of his house to investigate. He found a

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Charlie Brown specials to air on TV, after all, in PBS deal

NEW YORK (AP) — The “Great Pumpkin” never showed on broadcast television this year, but after a deal with PBS, the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and Christmas specials will return to the air.



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Last month, Apple TV+ became the new home to the beloved Peanuts holiday specials. That sparked an outcry from viewers who were accustomed to annually tuning in on network TV. Apple offered each special to stream for free for a handful of days, but that didn’t stop online petitions from gathering hundreds of thousands of signatures.



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Police ID woman who was fatally run over while down in St. Paul street

A 35-year-old woman fell in the middle of a St. Paul street and was fatally run over by a teenage motorist as bystanders tried to help her, authorities said.

Witnesses saw the woman, identified Wednesday afternoon as Karina R. Chosa, of St. Paul, fall about 6 p.m. Tuesday just east of the intersection of W. George Street and Stryker Avenue. As they tried to help the woman, a motorist heading west on George Street approached, police said.

“When it appeared that the driver was not slowing down, the good Samaritans moved out of the roadway and away from the woman to avoid being struck,” said police spokesman Steve Linders. “That’s when the approaching vehicle struck the victim.”

Paramedics took Chosa from the West Side intersection to Regions Hospital, where she died. Linders said it was unclear why Chosa was in the road.

Chosa’s sister, Joanne Chosa, said Wednesday that “we

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