How Harry Potter enchanted the world – BBC News

June 27, 2017

… consumption, especially for children, into something close to addiction. You want proof? The UK release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 1999 was timed at 3.45pm to prevent children in England and Wales from skipping school to get their copy. The later books got HUGE but it didn’t stop kids devouring them. Grown-ups got hooked too, with the books being released in adult-friendly covers. The book releases themselves became headline news: when the fourth book Goblet of Fire …


Hong Kong handover: The protest symbols China’s scared of

June 26, 2017

… seeing anything that displeases him, drowning out the many Hong Kong protest songs might be a more difficult task. “Boundless oceans, vast skies,” a barnstorming ballad released in 1993 by the Hong Kong rock band Beyond has long been the unofficial anthem of the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement due to its lyrics about freedom and hope written by front man Wong Ka-kui, who died in a freak accident shortly after its release. While “Do you hear the people sing?” — a …


Iraqi detainees in Michigan fear deportation

June 16, 2017

… members are fighting for the Iraqi families at risk of losing their loved ones. “Not only is it immoral to send people to a country where they are likely to be violently persecuted, it expressly violates United States and international law and treaties,” said Kary Moss, executive director for the ACLU of Michigan in a news release. “We are hoping that the courts will recognize the extreme danger that deportation to Iraq would pose for these individuals. Our immigration policy …


UK police seek clues from pink knives used in London Bridge attack

June 11, 2017

(CNN)Three pink ceramic kitchen knives found on or near the assailants who killed seven people in the London Bridge terror attacks have investigators seeking the public’s help for clues. “Where have they come from? Where might the attackers have bought them from?” he asked through a news release that included photos of one of the knives used by the terrorists. …


Donald Trump hasn’t tweeted in a very long time

June 10, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump is a big fan of Twitter. He sees it as a direct pipeline to supporters, an end run on the so-called “fake news” media. Which makes any extended period of time without a tweet from the President worth nothing. And we are in the midst of such a drought right now. This last 37 hours is not at all like those past Trump Twitter deserts. The last day and a half has seen not only the release of former FBI Director James Comey’s written testimony Wednesday …


Second Lady Pence Pushes Bee Conservation, An Effort One Critic Labels ‘Hypocritical’

June 8, 2017

Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdueunveiled the new hive home to a growing population of some 20,000 bees at an event Tuesday and urged Americans to do their own part to help reverse an ongoing worldwide decline in the bee population, according to a White House release. Friends of the Earth, called the White House request extremely hypocritical in light of the administrations proposed cuts to funding for environmental protection. In a statement accompanying the White House …


Lawsuit Accuses Glass Artist Dale Chihuly Of Plagiarizing Work

June 4, 2017

The suit, filed by the lawyers of Michael Moi in King County Superior Court and the U.S. District Court for Western Washington, claims the prolific decorator of botanical gardens has been involved in a myriad of clandestine painting sessions with Moi, but has never compensated him or given him credit for his efforts, despite the artists promises otherwise. In a press release sent to HuffPost, Chihulys camp strongly refutes Mois claims, dubbing the lawsuit baseless. Moi also alleges …


People Are Not Happy About This Body-Shaming Snow White Movie

May 31, 2017

… journey to find her lost father and learns not only to accept herself, but to celebrate who she is, inside and out. And to let the beauty within … shine brighter than anyone else in the land. Red Shoes and the 7 Dwarfs was previously scheduled for a summer 2017 release. Earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Moretz was set to add her voice to the movie and that South Korean sales company Finecut would be introducing the film to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival. …


To The Girl Who Has Never Fallen In Love, You Dont Need A Relationship To Be Complete

… you have not met someone to kiss you and repeat this article in their voice. You are magic, you are hard-work, you are self-care, you are humor, you are not a package or the package deal. You are a person; a very wonderful person who is single, has not fallen in love yet, and who does not have to apologize for that. You do not have to feel sorry about having not fallen in love yet. release yourself from the pressure to fall in love right now or to find love sometime soon. Live your life, do the …

May 25, 2017

Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

(CNN)Jerusalem: US President Donald Trump arrives in Israel Monday in search of what he has called “the ultimate deal”. But like so many US presidents who have believed it their duty to bring peace to the region, Trump will face a series of challenges, which have grown increasingly insurmountable. Seven years on since Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last held talks, the same issues remain — disagreements over borders, security, Jerusalem, a right of return …

May 22, 2017

NAACP dismisses its president in ‘systemwide refresh’

Washington (CNN)The NAACP is shaking up its leadership, voting to dismiss its president, Cornell William Brooks, in what it called a “system-wide refresh.” “The NAACP intends to aggressively and nimbly respond to the current climate of political unrest, as well as the assaults upon human and civil rights that threaten our very democracy, as only it can,” the NAACP said in a release Friday. “To do so demands that the board of the NAACP ensure that organization has …

May 20, 2017

Now it’s up to the special counsel

Washington (CNN)A bad day for the White House could turn out to be a good day for justice and democratic accountability and institutions. Robert Mueller’s appointment Wednesday as special counsel to probe Russian election meddling and any collusion by Trump campaign aides elevates the investigation clear of partisanship and the threat of White House interference. It therefore may offer the best chance for a politically bulletproof accounting of the guilt or innocence of members of the …

May 18, 2017