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9 Disastrous Family Dinners in Film

While Thanksgiving is usually a time of big meals and family togetherness, this year’s never-ending pandemic is, understandably, making the old traditions more than a little difficult to achieve. And while missing out on turkey and cranberries (or just taking a nap on your mother-in-law’s couch) is sure to make anyone sad, we’re here to remind you that the holiday isn’t always all that it’s cracked up to be.

From nightmare travel arrangements, to giant chickens, to a whole lot of cannibalism, here are nine terrible family dinners from film to make you feel a little bit better about skipping this year’s festivities.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

One of a very few Thanksgiving-themed motion pictures, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is also a timely reminder that sometimes the trip is more trouble than it’s worth. Yes, it all works out in the end—and who wouldn’t want to make friends with John

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Ortega media enrich his family, entrench his hold on Nicaragua | Nation

In 2018, an Ortega plan to increase social security contributions and lower pension payouts sparked demonstrations.

At first, Murillo told state and allied outlets not to cover the unrest. “The order was to ignore everything,” said Carlos Mikel Espinosa, then an editor at El 19 Digital, a state-controlled online news portal. Espinosa quit when the upheaval intensified and the government response grew violent.

Foreign governments, the United Nations, and human rights groups denounced Ortega and Sandinista allies for reported killings, beatings, detentions and torture of many protesters. Police raided newsrooms of opposition media, seizing equipment and supplies needed for publishing.

They arrested Miguel Mora, founder of 100% Noticias, a Managua television station, and shut its broadcasts. The government, Mora told Reuters, claimed the channel owed unpaid taxes, an assertion he denied. “It was a brutal attack to make us change our editorial line or to make us bankrupt,” said Mora,

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Special Report: Ortega media enrich his family, entrench his hold on Nicaragua

MANAGUA (Reuters) – In early 2010, Nicaragua’s Canal 8, an independent television network, had a new owner.

FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator holds a sign showing Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and former President Anastasio Somoza during a protest against police violence and the government of President Ortega in Managua, Nicaragua April 23, 2018. To match Special Report NICARAGUA-POLITICS/ORTEGA REUTERS/Stringer

Details of the deal – the identity of the buyer, the purchase price, an exact date for the transaction – remained secret. The seller died of cancer soon after.

But a familiar face soon took charge at Canal 8: the son of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. The leftist leader, who rose to prominence in the late Cold War with his Sandinista revolutionaries, had reclaimed the presidency three years before.

Canal 8 was long known for scrutinizing administrations both left and right. But new chief executive Juan Carlos

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Ortega media enrich first family, squeeze rivals across Nicaragua

Source: Reuters reporting.

The International Monetary Fund, in a 2017 report, estimated that Nicaragua received as much as $3.2 billion from Venezuela before the South American country’s economy imploded in recent years. Nicaragua’s own central bank has said the figure reached as much as $5 billion. But neither government has ever given a full accounting of the financing or how Ortega spent the money, which is equivalent to as much as a third of Nicaragua’s annual economic output.

Spokespeople at Venezuela’s information ministry and PDVSA didn’t respond to Reuters requests for comment. 

By 2008, Ortega’s family and close associates had begun building what today is a business empire with assets in energy, security and other sectors. Juan Carlos that year launched Difuso Comunicaciones SA, an advertising agency.

The agency quickly attracted clients eager to do business with those in power. People familiar with the ad agency’s operations say it serves

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New Jersey man stole $90,000 before killing his brother and family, lawsuit says

A New Jersey man charged with murdering four members of his family is accused of stealing $90,000 prior to their November 2018 deaths, according to a newly filed wrongful death lawsuit.

Paul Caneiro was indicted on multiple charges including four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his brother Keith Caneiro, 50; Keith’s wife, Jennifer Caneiro, 45; and their two children, Jesse, 11, and Sophia, 8.

The family was found dead at their Colts Neck home on Nov. 20, 2018, after a neighbor called police to report that the residence was on fire. Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said during a press conference at the time that the house was set ablaze after the family had been shot and stabbed.

The suit, filed Monday in Superior Court of Monmouth County, accuses Caneiro of taking money from Keith’s family in the months leading up to their murders. It was filed

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Ashlee Simpson Shares 1st Family Photo After Son Ziggy’s Birth

Family of five! Ashlee Simpson shared a photo of her expanding family in honor of her son Bronx’s 12th birthday.

“Happy Birthday Bronx!” the singer, 36, captioned a Friday, November 20, Instagram post. “You are the coolest, kindest, deep, soulful kid (almost teen) and I am so lucky to be your mom! We love you so much! Happy twelfth.”

Ashlee Simpson Shares First Family Photo 3 Weeks After Son Ziggy Birth
Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson attend the Spotify Best New Artist 2020 Party at The Lot Studios in Los Angeles on January 23, 2020. AFF-USA/Shutterstock

In the social media upload, the Ashlee + Evan alum smiled at her eldest son while holding Ziggy, 3 weeks, in her arms. The Texas native’s husband, Evan Ross, sat beside her, and their 5-year-old daughter, Jagger, laughed on her other side.

Ross, 32, shared the same family photo on his own account, writing, “Happy birthday KING BRONX.”

Simpson gave birth to Bronx in 2008

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The Big Build helps a bereaved family make new memories

DIY SOS: The Big Build

8pm, BBC One

Nick Knowles brings his DIY team of volunteers to Scunthorpe this week to help single mum Caroline renovate her garage and conservatory, the site of two family tragedies: the heart attack of her husband Paul in 2016 and the fatal head injury of her seven-year-old daughter Natasha in 2007. The team gets to work demolishing the structures and putting in a fresh new layout, including landscaping from designer Arit Anderson, in the hope that Caroline and her two remaining children can now make new memories. Ammar Kalia

Saving Britain’s Pubs With Tom Kerridge

8pm, BBC Two

Chef Tom Kerridge continues his mission to help this particularly British industry, now under immense threat from the pandemic. Rewinding to early 2020, Kerridge is at the volunteer-run Black Bull in Stirlingshire, encouraging management to finally add paid staff to its roster. AK

Ugly House To

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TV tonight: DIY SOS: The Big Build helps a bereaved family make new memories | Television & radio

DIY SOS: The Big Build
8pm, BBC One

Nick Knowles brings his DIY team of volunteers to Scunthorpe this week to help single mum Caroline renovate her garage and conservatory, the site of two family tragedies: the heart attack of her husband Paul in 2016 and the fatal head injury of her seven-year-old daughter Natasha in 2007. The team gets to work demolishing the structures and putting in a fresh new layout, including landscaping from designer Arit Anderson, in the hope that Caroline and her two remaining children can now make new memories. Ammar Kalia

Saving Britain’s Pubs With Tom Kerridge
8pm, BBC Two

Chef Tom Kerridge continues his mission to help this particularly British industry, now under immense threat from the pandemic. Rewinding to early 2020, Kerridge is at the volunteer-run Black Bull in Stirlingshire, encouraging management to finally add paid staff to its roster. AK

Ugly House To

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Netflix’s ‘Jingle Jangle’ adds Black girl magic to the Christmas family film pantheon

Family Christmas films have been staples in popular culture, full of whimsy, holiday cheer and hijinks, from 1946’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” to 1947’s “Miracle on 34th Street,” the cartoon heydays of the 1960s and ’70s (“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “A Year Without a Santa Claus,” among others) and well into the 1990s and the 2000s with “Home Alone,” “The Santa Clause” and even “Elf.” But while many people across all backgrounds have been delighted by these films, David E. Talbert’s “Jingle Jangle,” now out on Netflix, delivers a magical winter wonderland with something different: Black faces at the center. That alone is something worth celebrating.

Christmas films that have focused on Black Americans — like “The Preacher’s Wife,” “This Christmas,” “Almost Christmas” and “The Best Man Holiday” — have typically all been adult-centered, and children were seen briefly for moments of comedic relief.

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Discovery Bay family told by white neighbor they’re ‘acting like Black people’

A Black family who lives in Discovery Bay says a white neighbor wielding a stun gun confronted them, telling them to “stop acting Black” in their “white neighborhood,” according to ABC7 News.

Gerritt Jones and his family, who have lived in the same East Bay neighborhood for 12 years, told ABC7 that they’ve never had any issues with the woman, identified as Adana Dean, who lives across the street from them.

“Unfortunately, that’s the reality of being black in America,” Gerritt told ABC7.

The Jones family provided the news outlet with surveillance and cell phone video. (Watch the video here.)


In the videos, Dean says, “You’re a Black person in a white neighborhood and you’re acting like one why don’t you act like a white person in a white neighborhood?”

She goes on to say that she was raised in Oklahoma City, “where there were tons of Black people.”

When

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