Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves ‘Sesame Street’ After Nearly 50 Years

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Raw video: UFC’s Jared Gordon involved in street fight with gang members that nearly cost him three fingers

This past February, Jared Gordon saw his five-fight win streak snapped by Carlos Diego Ferreira at UFC Fight Night 126 after coming up on the wrong end of a first round technical knockout loss. And while people are quick to flame a fighter for revealing he or she didn’t go into a fight at 100-percent, Gordon tells the tale of just how bad his left hand was busted up after a series of rather unfortunate and bizarre events that you have to see to believe … literally. Speaking to Bloody Elbow, Jared recalls a wild, unexpected street fight he got into with two alleged gang members on the streets of Queens, N.Y., while waiting his turn at a barber shop two months prior to his fight. According to

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A Nearly Nude Take on James-Bond Style

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Meghan Markle Nearly Tumbles in Floral Dress at Prince Harry’s Cousin’s Wedding

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Years After a High School Senior Was Nearly Beaten to Death, Hypnosis Helped Her ID the Suspect

For years, all Brittani Marcell knew was pain.

In September 2008, when she was a 17-year-old high school senior in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Marcell was nearly beaten to death in her home, according to the Albuquerque Journal. The attack was so vicious it left her blind in one eye and deaf in one ear.

She underwent more than a dozen surgeries in order to recover and had to re-learn how to walk and talk, the Journal reported earlier this year.

Though Marcell’s mother inadvertently walked in during part of the attack, calling 911, the assailant fled, according to the paper. Marcell had no memory of what happened to her, and authorities had few fruitful avenues to pursue.

And then, in 2016, a change. First Marcell recalled a man with whom she was acquainted while working at the mall. Then, according to the Journal, a name came to her: Justin Hansen.

Her revelations reportedly led to DNA testing that showed a drop of Hansen’s blood was at the scene of Marcell’s assault. Prosecutors said a witness reportedly further confirmed having seen Marcell speak with Hansen at the mall where she worked. He was indicted in July.

Local TV station KOB reported that in April — nearly a decade after Marcell was struck again and again by a shovel — Hansen pleaded no contest to two charges in the assault: first-degree attempted murder and aggravated burglary.

His change came days before he was set to stand trial and not long after an appeals court declined to weigh in on whether his indictment violated the statute of limitations, the Journal reported.

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Hansen faces up to 18 years in prison at his July sentencing, according to prosecutors.

Still, he maintains his innocence.

The case’s progression is traced on Friday night’s episode of ABC’s 20/20, which is exclusively previewed above, in a clip that explains how Marcell first decided to undergo hypnotherapy to aid law enforcement.

The episode features interviews with Marcell and her mother as well as investigators in the case and Hansen himself.

ABC says that Hansen, who does not have a previous criminal history, argues additional testing on the weapons at the scene in 2008 — now impossible due to a 2015 error resulting in their destruction — would have exonerated him.

But Marcell is certain of his guilt, and her family agrees.

“We knew in our hearts he did this when this came about and Brittani remembered his name, but he took responsibility today and that goes a long way, to say that ‘I did this,’ ” her sister Alicia Marcell told the Journal in April. “I think that’s where we start to have some closure and healing.”

20/20 airs Friday (10 p.m. ET) on ABC.


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Shailene Woodley Nearly Quit Acting Before Big Little Lies

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James Corden Reveals How He Nearly Interrupted the Royal Wedding

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Kevin Smith: I nearly died from a heart attack

Movie director Kevin Smith, known for hits such as Clerks and Dogma, has revealed he suffered a “massive heart attack” which nearly killed him.
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Gap Flashes Back Nearly 50 Years, and Decades In Between, for Collection

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Gap Inc. will launch Archive Reissue — Logo Remix, a collection for men and women that includes T-shirts, sweatshirts and rugby shirts, designed with logos from across the decades of the brand, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019. Logo Remix will be available at gap.com on Jan. 27 and select Gap stores globally beginning Jan. 29.
A limited-edition Logo Remix capsule featuring 30 one-of-a-kind items, made by deconstructing and reworking vintage Gap logo sweatshirts and T-shirts from the brand’s archives, was assembled by hand at Gap’s New York design studio.
A Logo Remix film is populated by a cast of  global talent that’s creating culture on their own terms through music, acting, comedy and activism. “They’re the world’s leading culture remixers,” said Craig Brommers, Gap’s chief marketing officer. “Gap is always one to celebrate and bring culture to the mainstream.”
The group, which includes Awkwafina, Bria Vinaite, Connor Franta, Maya Jama, Metro Boomin, Miles Heizer, Naomi Watanabe, Sabrina Claudio and SZA, will appear in a 30-second version of the film that will air on Sunday during the Grammy Awards.
If the music for the film sounds familiar, it’s Eighties anthem “Hold Me Now,” by the Thompson Twins, remixed by Boomin, who updated the original with his signature 808 beat, making it relevant to today’s hip-hop culture.

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Subscription-Based VOD Nearly Doubles in France

Bolstered by Netflix, subscription-based VOD in France hit €173 million ($ 205 million) during the first nine months of 2017, nearly double that of the same period in 2016, while video-on-demand sales overall skyrocketed to €350 million ($ 415 million), a nearly 37% year-on-year increase, according to a new report. The report by GfK Consumer Choices and […]

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Bikini Babe! Watch WAGS’ Nicole Williams Get Nearly Naked in Sexy New Ad for Her Nia Lynn Swim Line

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‘Nearly 500 cases of identity fraud a day’

Identity fraud is soaring to “epidemic levels” with almost 500 cases a day reported, it has been warned.
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The BBC’s highest paid star has lost nearly half a million listeners in the second quarter of the year.
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‘Okja’ Nearly Ended Very Differently

Director Bong Joon-ho originally imagined a more optimistic finale.
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This Is Us Promotes Nearly All of Its Incredible Child Stars for Season 2

This Is Us, Mandy MooreThis Is Us is locking in all of its breakout child stars as series regulars for the highly-anticipated second season. Well, almost all of them.
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Hayley Williams And Rocker Husband Chad Gilbert Split After Nearly 10 Years Together

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Bella Hadid Goes Nearly Naked On The Cannes Red Carpet

Bella Hadid sure knows how work the sheer look. 

All eyes were on the 20-year-old model at amfAR’s 24th Cinema Against AIDS Gala in Cap d’Antibes Thursday during the Cannes Film Festival. She stunned in a completely sheer, embellished custom couture gown by Ralph & Russo (that she reportedly helped design). 

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We dress confident, empowered women,” designer Michael Russo told People magazine. 

The dress took “days” to make, according to an Instagram post by Ralph & Russo. Thirty seamstresses used 13 different materials to embroider the gown. And the final product was seriously something. 

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This heavily-modified 2005 Ford GT just shattered the standing mile world record, hitting 293.6 mph from a dead stop.

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The Magicians Enlists a Nearly Unrecognizable Candis Cayne as the Fairy Queen

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Nearly 41 Years Later, Cold Case Murder of Righteous Brothers Singer’s Ex-Wife Finally Solved

The 1976 murder of Karen Klaas, the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers‘ singer Bill Medley, has finally been solved according to multiple reports — though the public will have to wait until Monday to find out just who did it.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigators announced Friday that they’ve scheduled a press conference for Jan. 30 where they will finally reveal who killed the Hermosa Beach mother of two, The Daily Breeze reported.

Authorities said the case was solved through the use of “familial DNA” which helped identify the killer, the Associated Press reported. It’s a controversial technique that allows investigators to search law enforcement databases to identify likely relatives of suspects.

It is unclear whether any arrest has been made in the case, the AP reported.

Monday marks the 41st anniversary of the crime that would lead to Klaas’ death.

She was attacked on Jan. 30, 1976 as she returned home from dropping off her 4-year-old child at day care, CBS Los Angeles reported. The attacker strangled, beat, and raped her, authorities said. Neighbors found her in her home when they could not contact her. She died several days later. Klaas was 32.

Two witnesses described a shaggy-haired, bearded man in a trench coat and blue jeans leaving Klaas’ house — but the suspect was never found. Divorced from Medley and remarried, her husband was ruled out as a suspect, CBS L.A. reported.

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Monday’s press conference is expected to be attended by members of Klaas’ family.

Medley and Klaas (then Karen O’Grady) married in 1964, and divorced in 1970. They have one son together, Darrin, born in 1965.


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Brentwood Associates Invests Nearly $50M in Saxx Underwear

Brentwood Associates has invested nearly $ 50 million in Saxx, the Vancouver-based men’s underwear line.
According to Tim Bartels, Saxx’s chief executive officer, the company, with help from investment banking firm Lazard Middle Market, started looking for investors about nine months ago.
“For us it was about finding the right partner. It wasn’t about the equity raised,” said Bartels. “It was about finding someone who has had a track record of partnering with brands and helping them accelerate their growth and they [Brentwood] were the best fit given their track record.”
Saxx is the ninth investment by Brentwood Associates’ latest fund, Brentwood Associates Private Equity V, L.P., which has also invested in Allen Edmonds, Ariat International, Filson, J.McLaughlin, Soft Surroundings and Sundance Catalog.
“Saxx fits perfectly with our strategy of investing in growing lifestyle brands that foster consistently high customer loyalty, while delivering strong profitable growth,” said Eric Reiter, partner at Brentwood. “We will continue to support the company in such areas as product innovation, targeted print and digital marketing, and operational excellence across its global distribution and fulfillment platform.”
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How I Sold a Toyota Land Cruiser for Nearly $200,000 and Lost Money

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BLACKOUT: Dish Subscribers In 36 States Lose Access To Nearly 130 Stations

(Reuters) – Dish Network Corp said subscribers have lost access to more than 100 local stations due to a distribution dispute with Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc, affecting viewers of a string of ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC channels.

Dish said 129 stations in 36 states and the District of Columbia were pulled from its service on Tuesday, in the latest of a string of distribution disputes between media conglomerates and pay TV companies such as Dish.

Dish and Sinclair had agreed on fees to carry its TV stations but the broadcaster was holding out to try to negotiate a carriage agreement for a cable channel it does not yet own, Dish, the second-largest U.S. satellite TV company, said in a statement.

“Sinclair rejected our extension offer and has chosen to use innocent consumers as pawns to gain leverage for the economic benefit of Sinclair, while causing substantial harm and disruption to the lives of consumers,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish’s senior vice president of programming.

Sinclair could not immediately be reached for comment outside regular U.S. business hours.

 

 

Dish had filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission on Aug. 15 regarding Sinclair’s intention to black out channels.

Dish asked for a stay action the next day after the two companies agreed to a short-term contract extension to renegotiate a new retransmission agreement.

Like other pay-TV operators, Dish has been losing subscribers as viewers shift to online video offerings by rivals such as Netflix Inc.

In another distribution dispute in December, CBS Corp and Dish reached a multiyear deal hours after CBS pulled CBS, CBS Sports and Showtime from top Dish markets, blacking out NFL football games and TV shows such as “The Big Bang Theory.”

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A Nearly Unrecognizable Game of Thrones Actress, and More Best Dressed From BAFTA TV Awards

Across the pond in London last night, Brits celebrated their TV stars with the BAFTA TV Awards, and the fashion, as you’d hope, was simply smashing (Briticism required). The best-dressed mix included actresses we’ve have grown to love, plus new names with style so sharp (not to mention a Game of Thrones actor or two), it might be time to start tuning in internationally. Take a look:

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Sophie McShera, Downton Abbey‘s Daisy, still surprises when she’s in anything but a kitchen apron (and there have been so many seasons for us to get used to the phenomeon!). Last night, she picked an elegantly simple combo of floor-sweeping skirt and cropped top.

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The other surprise glamour girl was Maisie Williams, who looked sweet and super feminine in a periwinkle lace pick by Self Portrait. Her Game of Thrones arc might have her out of the boyish togs, but it’s still doubtful that anything this divine is coming up for Arya.

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British beauty Ophelia Lovibond has made her mark in U.S. television, appearing stateside in Elementary, and one could argue our style sense has rubbed off on her. Rather than go the prim English rose route, she picked a crop-top gown with a scaly-but-glam snake print.

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The best angle of Brit TV presenter Donna Air’s peachy gown was from the side, where the shape of the sculpted hip panels was on full display. That construction wasn’t just for looks, either—the custom House of Fraser piece had LED lights on the sides and bodice that lit up.

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The night’s award for chicest American in London certainly went to Dianna Agron, who did all-black with sheer sleeves that reached to her wrists. Her top is from Simone Rocha and the skirt is Comme des Garçons.

For further proof that it’s insane to see favorite TV characters IRL, please reference all of these Game of Thrones women.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Sandwich Is Nearly 80,000 Calories And Cooked On A Tank

Arnold Schwarzenegger is making a sandwich — and you know the “Terminator” star isn’t going to settle for ham and swiss.

The former California governor and action movie hero teamed up with the gang from Epic Meal Time to produce the “Steak & Egger Sandwich,” a 78,583-calorie monstrosity fit for Conan the Barbarian. It features bacon and eggs cooked on the metal surface of Schwarzenegger’s tank. (Yes, he has his own M47 Patton tank… because, why wouldn’t he?)

The video promotes a contest on Omaze for After-School All-Stars, a charity backed by Schwarzenegger that provides after-school activities for kids. For just $ 10, contestants can win a trip to hang with Schwarzenegger and Epic Meal Time’s Harley Morenstein, make an epic meal together and go for a ride in that tank.
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