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Justin Bieber Takes Fans on an Intimate Tour of His Tattoos – Billboard01.03.20

Justin Bieberlet fans get up close and personal with him when he flashed all his tattoos in an extended Instagram Story on Monday (Dec. 30).

A shirtless Bieber panned his phone around his body to showoff his more than50 tattoos, all the way from his pastel-colored Crocs to his chest, while splayed out poolside on a tropical vacation. His motivational "Better at 70" above-the-knee ink from 2017 was one of the first in the sequence, followed by hisleft arm's assortment of a joker, boombox, the words "Trust" and "Love,"rose, ancient clock, various caricatures, diamond, 8-ball, two hashtagsand two pistols pointed toward each other with the phrase "Make Em Pay" written underneath.

He later pointed the front-facing camera at his completely adornedchest, a fierce display notably depictinga bear and lion on each pec with a cross in the middleand the words "Sonof God" and an eagle stretched across his upper abdomen.

On the other arm, his collection consists of a cross with the world wearing a crown of thorns, a knight pulling a sword out of a stone (presumably King Arthur and Excalibur), ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez (which he tried to cover up in the past), fish, owl, roses, tiger, eagle, the cursiveacronym "LL" for "Low, Lift" (according to his 2015 interview with Men's Health),the word "Believe" (the title of his third studio album), eyeand compass.

Bieber made a quick pit stop back to his legstofocuson his religious tattoos, including praying hands and Jesus from the cross on his left calf. He didn't exhibit his latest ink from earlier this month: a giant neck tattoo of a bird with the word "Forever" written in cursive underneath.

And, of course, the 25-year-old pop star had a playlist to go along with the tattoo tour. He played "No Idea" by Don Toliver, "Con Altura" by RosalaandJ Balvin featuringEl Guincho,"Session 32" by Summer Walker,"Highest in the Room" by Travis Scott, "EARFQUAKE" byTyler, the Creatorand "Best Part" byDaniel CaesarfeaturingH.E.R.in the background of his continuous video clips.

Check out Bieber's full tour of tattoos below (videos not in order).

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The Lord Of The Rings: 10 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About The Trilogy To Rule Them All – Screen Rant01.03.20

Peter Jacksons big-screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings trilogy was a huge gamble for the studios, because they had to finance three mega-budget fantasy epics before even releasing the first one. If the first movie wasnt a hit which, thankfully, it was; a big one! the studio still wouldve had two movies in the can that were ready for release.

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Fortunately, Jacksons movies were too big to fail. With groundbreaking visual effects, brilliantly paced scripts, and a carefully selected cast of actors, The Lord of the Rings trilogy was destined to be successful. So, here are 10 behind-the-scenesfacts about The Lord Of The Ringstrilogy to rule them all.

Before the final design for Gollum was created, the character went through a few different looks. One of the earliest concepts had skeletal nostrils in place of Gollums nose. However, when the artists at Weta Digital rendered this look, Gollum came off as unsympathetic and inhuman, more like a zombie than a person. Another idea that was scrapped was giving Gollum a little potbelly.

Gollum was initially supposed to be 100% computer-generated, but when Andy Serkis was cast, Peter Jackson decided to use performance-capture technologies so that Serkis could actually play the character. This forced the Weta team to redesign the character yet again, having worked on it for three years.

Eight out of the nine actors who played members of the Fellowship got a tattoo with the word nine written in J.R.R. Tolkiens Elvish script Tengwar, to commemorate their time working on The Lord of the Rings trilogy together. They all headed down to a tattoo parlor in Wellington, where the movie was shooting, to get the tattoos done.

John Rhys-Davies was the one who refused to get a tattoo, and his stunt double stepped in to complete the nine. Sean Astin and Billy Boyd got their tattoos on their ankles in honor of the many hours they spent having the hobbit feet makeup applied.

When Peter Jackson was making the first Lord of the Rings movie, he wanted to open it with a prologue narrated by Cate Blanchett, but New Line Cinema executives were reluctant to let him do it, and pushed him to cut the prologue.

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Ironically, when it came to making the second movie, The Two Towers, New Line executives were pushing Jackson to open the movie with another voiceover monologue by Blanchett, and Jackson was hesitant to include it. Its common for directors of Hollywood blockbusters to clash with studio executives, but they rarely clash twice over the exact same issue.

Viggo Mortensen was never supposed to play Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Initially, during pre-production, Stuart Townsend was cast to play the role. However, after four days of shooting, Peter Jackson realized that Townsend was too young and the part required an actor who was older.

So, Mortensen was brought in to replace Townsend. Mortensen wasnt sure about taking the role, because hed never read J.R.R. Tolkiens books or met Jackson before. However, his 11-year-old son was a fan, so he was the main proponent of Mortensens eventual decision to take the role and join the production.

After Viggo Mortensen signed on to play Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he insisted on doing his own stunts, like Tom Cruise does in the Mission: Impossible movies. When Aragorn kicks a helmet and cries out in anguish, thats because the helmet was really heavy and Mortensen broke two of his toes when he swung his foot into it.

Most of the stunt performers in the battle scenes used aluminum swords, which are lighter than the real ones, or rubber swords, which are safer, but Mortensen insisted on using an actual sword made of steel in all of his scenes. Veteran sword master Bob Anderson said that Mortensen was the best swordsman Ive ever trained.

Peter Jackson is a huge arachnophobe in real life, so he based the design of Shelob on all the types of spiders he grew up hating in New Zealand. The Shelob sequence in The Return of the King is filled with practical effects.

When Frodo is wrapped in Shelobs web in a comatose state, Elijah Wood is actually staring into space without blinking, because for whatever reason, hes able to do that. And when Shelob pierces Frodo, the white foam that dribbles out of his mouth came from a couple of Alka-Seltzers hidden in Woods mouth. The webbing was created using a flexible, latex-type material.

When Andy Serkis got a call from his agent about the role of Gollum, he was only being asked to do voiceover work for three weeks in New Zealand. The character was going to be created entirely using CGI, with the actor providing just his voice. However, when Serkis auditioned, Peter Jackson was so blown away that he decided to use performance-capture technology so that Serkis could play the character on-set.

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Serkis based his performance on the actions of heroin addicts, while the voice was inspired by cats coughing up hairballs. Before shooting, Serkis drank Gollum juice (a mix of honey, lemon, and ginger) to prepare his throat for the intense voice work.

Pippins song arose from co-writer Philippa Boyens stumbling upon Billy Boyds hidden talent for singing. In the middle of shooting, some of the cast and crew went for a night out at a karaoke bar. There, Boyens was surprised by how great Boyds singing voice was.

Boyens remembered that in the book, Denethor asked Pippin to sing him a song as Faramir was heading off to war, and so she knew there was an opportunity to show off Boyds singing talent within the story. She dug up the lyrics from the original text and let Boyd come up with his own tune to sing it to.

In The Fellowship of the Ring, after Gandalf arrives at Bilbos home, he bumps his head on a ceiling beam. This moment hilariously sells just how small Bilbos hobbit-hole is, and how tall Gandalf is in comparison. But as it turns out, Gandalf bumping his head wasnt in the original script.

Ian McKellen actually bumped his head on the ceiling beam by accident in the middle of a take and didnt let it ruin the scene. He kept acting through the blunder and finished the take. Peter Jackson decided to leave in the mistake, because McKellen did such a good job of incorporating it into his performance.

All three movies in The Lord of the Rings trilogy were filmed back-to-back. Before the trilogy went into production, the record for the worlds longest film shoot belonged to Francis Ford Coppolas Apocalypse Now, which was in production for a whopping 274 days across 16 months. And technically, Apocalypse Now still holds that record.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy tied with it with the exact same number of filming days. Shooting sequels back-to-back is a commonplace practice its been used for the second and third Back to the Future movies, the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and the second and third Matrix movies but rarely before the first movie has hit theaters.

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Rollercoasters and tattoo parlours: All the amazing features on 2020’s cruises – Metro.co.uk01.03.20

The year ahead brings some exciting cruise options (Picture: metro.co.uk)

Cruise ships have introduced some wild and wonderful attractions in the last few years, including dodgem cars, ten-storey slides, skydiving simulators and go-kart racing tracks.

But 2020 will reach new heights with the first rollercoaster at sea on Carnival Mardi Gras.

Another hotly anticipated ship will be Scarlet Lady, the first launch from Sir Richard Bransons new brand Virgin Voyages, featuring a tattoo parlour, drag queen breakfasts and champagne served at the shake of a smartphone.

But if you prefer the Antarctic to the Caribbean, luxury expedition ship Crystal Endeavor will have two helicopters, two submarines and an underwater scooter.

Heres whats on the horizon in 2020

Line: Carnival Cruise Line

Tonnage: 180,000

Passengers: 5,282

Debut: November

Special features: Buckle up for the first rollercoaster at sea an 800ft-long ride that will take you 187ft above the waves at speeds of up to 40mph.

Guests will control how fast the ride goes, from thrilling spins round the funnel down to a gentle sightseeing pace.

On the green front, 20-deck Mardi Gras will be the first cruise ship in North America powered by liquefied natural gas, which is much more environmentally friendly than diesel.

The ship, being built in Finland, will begin sailing from Port Canaveral after a European season was cancelled following delays at the shipyard.

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Line: Virgin Voyages

Tonnage: 110,000

Passengers: 2,770

Debut: February in Dover and Liverpool

Special features: The first cruise ship from Sir Richard Branson is bound to shake up the industry in the same way he did with airlines.

The adults-only Scarlet Lady will have RockStar suites, a tattoo parlour and a vinyl record shop, as well as more than 20 eating venues but no buffet.

All the restaurants, soft drinks, tips and WiFi are included in the fare.

Every voyage will call into a new resort, the Beach Club on Bimini island, where celebrated record producer Mark Ronson will occasionally guest-star as a DJ.

Line: Celebrity Cruises

Tonnage: 129,500

Passengers: 2,900

Debut: April in Southampton

Special features: After the launch of the pioneering Celebrity Edge in 2018, Celebrity Cruises is following up with a sister ship, Celebrity Apex, to be named in Southampton in April.

Like its predecessor, Apex will have infinite balconies electric windows that wind halfway down to give sea views and fresh air while making the living space bigger.

Another key feature is the tangerine-coloured Magic Carpet restaurant that moves up and down between decks on the outside of the ship. The Eden three-storey venue at the stern of Celebrity Apex is just one of the 29 places to eat on board.

Line: Crystal Cruises

Tonnage: 20,000

Passengers: 200

Debut: August

Special features: Fitted with two helicopters, two submarines and an underwater scooter, Crystal Endeavor will be the first expedition ship from the luxury Crystal Cruises brand.

The German-built ship with all-suite, butler-serviced rooms, will take guests to the Arctic, Northeast Passage and Antarctica, as well as warmer places such as Indonesia, the Great Barrier Reef and the Canary Islands but the first voyage will be in Japan.

As well as six restaurants, the ship will have a variety of elegant public lounges.

Line: MSC Cruises

Tonnage: 177,000

Passengers: 4,888

Debut: November

Special features: The sixth ship to be launched by MSC Cruises in three-and-a-half years, Virtuosa will be a twin to Grandiosa, which became the biggest ship in the fleet in 2019. Like its sister, Virtuosa has a spectacular 305ft-long LED dome over its shopping and dining promenade.

Entertainment includes two new Cirque du Soleil At Sea productions in a specially equipped theatre.

As well as five speciality restaurants, the ship will have an English pub and French bistrot plus the signature crystal-encrusted staircases.

Guests can use Formula 1 simulators, play on full-sized bowling alleys and shoot zombies in a virtual cinema. One striking feature on deck is a hot tub that arches round in a semi-circle to fit more people in.

Line: P&O Cruises

Tonnage: 184,000

Passengers: 5,200

Debut: Southampton in May, christening in July

Special features: This widely anticipated new ship will be the largest ever for the British-based line.

A four-screen cinema, fun food options and pop-up performances will all feature on Iona, which will be launched in May and christened in July with a week-long festival starring the likes of Clean Bandit, Jo Whiley, Sara Cox, Trevor Nelson and Alex James.

The ship, powered by more environmentally friendly liquefied natural gas, will also feature a three-deck atrium and SkyDome, a space for relaxing in all weathers which will also host entertainment such as aerial performers and a wealth of live acts.

Line: Princess Cruises

Tonnage: 139,000

Passengers: 3,660

Debut: Christening in Southampton in June

Special features: Enchanted Princess will be the cruise lines first ship to be named in Britain since Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, smashed the bottle on Royal Princess in 2013.

Like many of its sister ships, Enchanted Princess will offer the Ocean Medallion, a wearable device the size of a 10p coin, which opens your cabin door as you approach, lets you track friends and family around the ship and also allows you to order drinks, food and things like suntan lotion to any location on the ship.

After the naming ceremony, Enchanted Princess will head to the Med for the summer.

Line: Regent Seven Seas

Tonnage: 55,000

Passengers: 750

Debut: February

Special features: The ship that could be even more opulent than the one dubbed the most luxurious ever built will take to the seas early in 2020.

Seven Seas Splendor, a sister ship to Seven Seas Explorer, launched in 2016, features a $10,000-a-night top suite that boasts its own spa retreat with sauna, steam room and massage area. The rooms pampered guests even have access to a private dining room.

The rest of the 750 passengers dont miss out, either, as they have the choice of seven restaurants. No expense is spared, with almost 500 crystal chandeliers and more than an acre of marble used around the ship.

Supermodel and actress Christie Brinkley will christen Seven Seas Splendor in Miami on February 21.

Line: Ritz-Carlton

Tonnage: 26,500

Passengers: 298

Debut: June

Special features: The first of at least three ultra-luxury yachts from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Group will launch in June.

The 298-passenger ship will be all-suite with private terraces, floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings some rooms will be two-storey loft suites.

Guests will be able to dine at the speciality restaurant Aqua, enjoy the spa and go on immersive excursions.

Every suite has a personal concierge and the yacht will have one of the highest crew-to-guest ratios at sea.

The ship will sail voyages of between seven and ten nights to the Med, northern Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Canada and north-eastern US.

Line: Royal Caribbean

Tonnage: 169,000

Passengers: 4,200

Debut: November

Special features: Whether you want to drive bumper cars, soar from a flying trapeze or battle your friends at glow-in-the-dark laser tag, the SeaPlex arena on Odyssey of the Seas is the space for you.

Elsewhere theres a skydiving simulator, a surf machine, a 40ft rock wall and a trampoline experience with a VR headset.

There is also the North Star a glass pod that lifts passengers 300ft above sea level.

Sun lovers will enjoy a two-level pool deck while foodies will lap up the selection of restaurants, including teppanyaki, Italian and Far Eastern food.

Odyssey will be based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, sailing to the Caribbean before heading to Europe in 2021.

Line: Sea Cloud Cruises

Tonnage: 4,000

Passengers: 136

Debut: August

Special features: For those that enjoy the authentic side of cruising, Sea Cloud Cruises is adding a third tall ship to its fleet. It claims to be the only cruise line in the world where the sailing is still done traditionally by hand.

The new 450ft three-masted sailing ship, carrying up to 136 guests, will join its two sister vessels, one dating back to 1931.

The small luxury ship will have balcony suites, a spa, fine and casual dining, and be able to visit smaller, lesser-known ports. For the first time on a sailing ship, there will be a lift connecting the different decks. Sea Cloud Spirit will also have a choice of fine dining in the restaurant and or casual food on the lido deck.

Line: Silversea Cruises

Tonnage: 40,700

Passengers: 596

Debut: August

Special features: Silver Moon is a sister to the luxurious Silver Muse, launched in 2017 and a third ship, Silver Dawn, is already on order for 2021.

A new feature will be Silverseas new culinary programme, S.A.L.T. (Sea and Land Taste), that aims to showcase food cultures from around the world. Guests will be able to enjoy fine cuisine in eight restaurants, from hot rocks at The Grill to Japanese fare in Kaiseki, before dining in the S.A.L.T. Kitchen, with a constantly changing menu reflecting the destinations.

Silver Moon will spend her inaugural season in the Mediterranean before moving to Central and South America.

Line: Saga Cruises

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Your News Leader wishes happy retirement to Donna Hardt after more than 40 years – KFYR-TV12.31.19

BISMARCK, N.D. - As 2019 closes the book on the last decade, all of us at Your News Leader are saying goodbye to an important chapter in our station's history. Donna Hardt, news photographer of more than 40 years, is retiring today. We took a moment to look back on her impact on the community.

"You see some faces come and go, but Donna's was one that was always a constant," said Lee Ellison, KFYR-TV photographer.

"Donna is one of the greatest people I know," said Max Grossfeld, KFYR-TV producer and reporter.

In part, that's what makes Donna Hardt so special to the news cycle in North Dakota. Former news director Dick Heidt describes her as "like a bull dog. She finds a way to get everything done."

After signing on to chase down stories with a camera twice her size in the late 1970s, she never tired of meeting more North Dakotans.

"Literally, I could probably say, not exaggerating, probably thousands of stories," Donna said, trying to put a number on the amount of stories she's covered. But, from the very beginning, she made a splash wherever she went.

"I saw this little blonde," Ellison recalls of the first time he met Donna, "we were doing live shots at a trial or something. I walk over to the corner, and there's Donna Hardt. It's like, who are you? What are you doing in TV? Because you're 5'3" and you weigh 80 pounds. This gear is a lot more weight than you combined," he laughed.

Monica Hannan, anchor, recalls how Donna's tenacity always delivered a story by deadline. "Donna will do anything for a story," she said. "So, she's out doing a story on a tattoo shop. No customers. So, we wait, and wait, and wait, and finally she decides, I'm not waiting any more. So, she points the camera at her ankle and films her own tattooing."

Along the way, some of North Dakota's leaders couldn't help but take notice of her, like when she turned down then-Governor John Hoeven's insistence to get her medical attention.

"I was doing a drought tour and you were out covering us," Sen. Hoeven recalled. "We were out in a field and you stepped in a hole and badly sprained your ankle. I was trying to get you to come back on the Governor's plane with us. You were too much of a trooper. You wouldn't do it. You finished out your work. It just shows you're a true professional. You were always out covering us on whatever we did and just did a super job."

Donna was behind the camera for some of the biggest stories in the region, including a massive pot bust in South Dakota in 1980, the infamous Gordon Kahl shootout in Medina, the 2011 floods and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Starting out as a single mom of two, she covered it all without losing sight of what's important.

"If you were a reporter on staff and you wanted to get an interview done, Donna set that feeling for you when you walked into an interview. Because all the people in the community know Donna from years of experience as a photographer and close friends she has," Dwayne Walker, former KFYR-TV photographer and childhood friend, explained.

Donna really knew what it meant to press record on someone's life.

"It's an honor to come into your home or your business," she said.

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U.S. Steps Up Deportations To Iraq, Despite Worsening Violence There – KPCW12.28.19

The apartment in Baghdad where Jimmy Aldaoud lived and died, just two months after being deported from the U.S. has been cleaned and emptied. But on the windowsill in the bedroom, there's a remnant of the fear he felt about being sent to a country where he'd never been: two plastic toy pistols with orange foam tips and bright pink suction-cup darts.

"He would sleep with these in his hands," says Samir Kada, another deportee from the U.S. who lives next door and looked out for him. "He said, 'If anybody comes, I'm going to pull it on them. I swear to God.' "

Aldaoud, 41, died Aug. 6, two weeks after making a video saying he was scared and sick, and begging to go back to the United States. His family and friends say he had diabetes and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

In the apartment, next to the toy guns, there's an unused syringe for the insulin Aldaoud would forget to refrigerate and leave out in the heat.

Aldaoud's death caused an outcry in his Michigan community of Chaldean Christians, a minority that, along with other minorities, has faced discrimination and sometimes persecution and even targeted killings in Iraq. Human rights groups and members of Congress have called for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to delay deportations.

In 2017, the Trump administration ordered stepped-up deportations of Iraqis convicted of felonies who were in the U.S. legally but had not become citizens. U.S. and international law prevent deportation back to countries where deportees would be under threat. But ICE has continued to deport Iraqis to a country now wracked by anti-government protests and renewed violence.

Many of the deportees hadn't seen Iraq since they were children, and some had never seen it at all. Most served time for felonies in U.S. prisons years ago, and those convictions have prevented them from becoming citizens.

Aldaoud was born in Greece to Iraqi refugee parents who came to the U.S. legally in 1979, when he was a baby. He spoke no Arabic and had never been to Iraq when ICE picked him up in Michigan as part of a sweep in 2017. He'd served time for convictions in a series of criminal charges over the course of two decades.

After almost two years in immigration detention, the 41-year-old Christian man was sent to Najaf, a Shiite holy city in southern Iraq.

"His family called me. They told me, 'Please go pick up Jimmy.' I mean, you know, he ain't got no papers. He ain't got no clothes nothing, nothing not even a penny," says Kada, another member of Michigan's Chaldean Christian community, deported in 2018. "Anyways, he came, and he went into a depression."

Kada and others who knew Aldaoud say he was afraid to leave the apartment.

"He talked to himself all day 'God, please take me back home; please, God, I don't know nothing over here. I'm scared. I'm Christian. I'm this, I'm that.' He was walking over here naked, like, with no clothes. I told him, 'We can't do that over here.' Like, he was going crazy."

Kada, 39, says ICE deported Aldaoud with a month's worth of insulin and no other medication. Asked by NPR, ICE would say only that it deported him with an adequate supply of medication.

Aldaoud called Kada in early August, crying, saying he was on the floor and he couldn't breathe. An ambulance took Aldaoud to the hospital, which discharged him a few hours later. When an Iraqi friend checked on him later that same day, he found Aldaoud lifeless on the floor. The morgue listed Aldaoud's cause of death as heart failure.

"I don't have anything to prove who I am"

Most of the deportees have no valid Iraqi identification documents. They are sent from the U.S. with no passport, only a one-way travel document known as a laissez passer, issued by the Iraqi Embassy in Washington, D.C. With no way to prove who they are, they are subject to arrest at Iraqi checkpoints, can't rent apartments or even receive money via wire transfers.

"We can't speak Arabic," says Kada. "We can't read and write. We can't do nothing. We can't go anywhere."

Nashat Butris was deported in July with no money and no clothes. He says he stayed with Jimmy Aldaoud for a few days when he arrived. Now he has a bunk in a sparsely furnished room at a shelter run by a church in Baghdad. He has no relatives in Iraq and speaks only broken Arabic.

"It's just shocking. Everything is shocking to me," he says.

Butris' deportation resulted from a conviction for cocaine possession years ago. The laissez passer issued by the Iraqi Embassy includes a photo of him wearing an orange prison jumpsuit.

"This government here, they're not believing in this travel document," he says. "I have no IDs and I'm not allowed to leave this compound because I don't have anything to prove who I am."

Kada, who owned businesses in Michigan, is luckier than most. He has money enough to pay for the Iraqi ID he says cost him $6,000, and which allows him greater freedom of movement than other deportees. But most, like Butris and Aldaoud, have little or nothing.

"We don't want another Jimmy Aldaoud"

Over the past year, the Iraqi Embassy has issued travel documents for about 140 Iraqis due to be deported, according to a foreign ministry official in Baghdad who asked not to be identified in order to speak with NPR candidly. So far, about 60 of those 140 have been deported.

After Aldaoud's death, the embassy stopped issuing travel documents for those scheduled for deportation but known to have significant health problems.

"We don't want another Jimmy Aldaoud," said the foreign ministry source.

Some of the deportees agree to be sent to Iraq simply to avoid what ICE tells them could be years in immigration detention.

"Honestly, the pressure that the United States government put on me and what I had to endure, this was the only way to get physical freedom," explains Benjamin Rayes, 47, a machine tool autoworker in Michigan who was deported to Iraq in early December.

Rayes served four years in a U.S. prison for insurance fraud. After his release from a halfway house two years ago, ICE arrested him and placed him in immigration detention before putting him on a plane to Baghdad.

His life so far in Iraq is tightly constrained. The father of two girls, ages 7 and 10, Rayes says he was interrogated for hours when he landed in Baghdad without an Iraqi ID. His Chaldean Christian family is originally from the north of Iraq, but all of his relatives have emigrated. For now, he's staying with friends of friends in the south of Iraq. Without ID, he can't travel even within the country to apply for the documents he needs.

Adding to the challenges facing deportees is the worsening violence since anti-government protests began raging in Baghdad and the southern provinces in October. Iranian-backed militias that are believed responsible for killing and abducting protesters blame "U.S. agents" for fomenting the protests.

Already in danger of arrest and detention, Iraqis affiliated with the U.S. risk being accused of being U.S. spies. For many deportees, tattoos, American accents and lack of Arabic language skills make them easy targets.

Despite intense pressure on Iraq to accept more deportees, Iraq refused until last year to issue travel documents for Iraqi citizens who refuse deportation. That policy changed with a new Iraqi government last year, according to another foreign ministry official, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

"They tell me I'm not welcome"

Almost two years after he was deported, Naser al-Shimary lives in fear in southern Iraq. He was beaten last year by a group of strangers, and his neighbors were too frightened to help him. Now he sleeps with a kitchen knife next to him for protection. At night, he padlocks himself into the house.

"People refer to me as 'the American,' " he says.

Like Samir Kada and other deportees, Shimary has visible tattoos, uncommon in Iraq. He says mosques refuse to let him in.

"They tell me I'm not welcome because tattoos signify bad character," he says.

He loves his pet dog, but that's caused trouble for him too. People in his neighborhood tell him dogs are religiously unclean and he fears she will be poisoned. "She is all the friends and family I have here," he says.

Shimary, who used to play chess with Jimmy Aldaoud back in the U.S. while they were both in ICE detention, is a U.S.-certified mechanic. But he has struggled to find work in the south and is afraid to take a job in Baghdad or farther north, areas he thinks would be even more dangerous.

Back in the U.S., he had an auto body shop. His partner and son, who recently turned 5, are still there. The two visited him in Baghdad last year, but Shimary believes it's too dangerous in Iraq for them to return. He's hoping to find a way to resettle in another country with his family. For now, he relies on video calls to his son including one to wish him happy birthday.

"He was like, 'Papa, I saved you a piece of cake. If you want it, you gotta come here and get it,' " he says. Shimary says he laughed, "because I can't show weakness," but says it hurt.

He knows he won't be going back.

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Portsmouth husband pranks wife with tattoo of her on his thigh – Metro.co.uk12.27.19

James McGraw pranked his wife Kelly by getting a picture of her snoring tattooed on his thigh (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

A dad is preparing himself for his wifes revenge after he tattooed a horrific photo of her snoring onto his thigh.

James McGraw and wife Kelly have been playing practical jokes on each other for more than 24 years.

However, mortified Kelly claims he has now crossed the line with his latest inking.

The latest round of tit-for-tat began when Kelly left James with a questionable haircut just before he set off on a lads holiday.

He then spoke to his tattoo artist friend Gary Stevens who spent eight hours branding him with his wifes face.

James even claimed to have left his wallet at home and made his poor wife head over to the studio with 300 to pay for the artwork.

He said he was particularly proud of his latest stunt, adding: Every time I look at my wife now I just laugh.

Weve been playing pranks on each other for 24 years. This time, I pulled out all the stops theres no beating this.

I was in her bad books for a little bit but she knows it was a joke. The fact I cant stop laughing whenever I see her is making it worse.

She still cant believe I had it done. Im one-up at the moment. Im winning, but Im quite scared to be fair.

I dont know what shes planning next.

James took the picture the tattoo was based on years earlier and decided to exact his revenge after he was mocked for his hairdo on a charity trip.

He said: When I came back from this trip, I was getting a tattoo done and I knew I had to get that picture of her to pay her back.

I called her and said Kel, Ive left my bankcard at home. Can you bring it to the tattoo shop?

As she walked in with the kids she was gobsmacked. She didnt know what to do with her face.

It seems James latest jape has gone down in family history.

He revealed: We have five kids and were joking with them all the time too.

When my little boy saw the tattoo he high-fived me. Were all jokers in the house. The kids were just laughing.

Kelly admitted she is used to James practical jokes but stressed he had crossed the line.

She commented: I was horrified. I couldnt believe it. I hated the photo so much.

Ill think of something to get him back, but its going to have to be really, really bad to top that.

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A Minocqua couple toss the idea of a traditional wedding – WJFW-TV12.26.19

EAGLE RIVER - For many, Christmas morning includes traditions like finding cookies bitten by Santa Claus and opening presents under a tree. But that's not always the case for every child.RHINELANDER - This Christmas marked the 37th annual Community Christmas Dinner at the Nativity of our Lord Church in Rhinelander.

The dinner is put on by the Lions Club each year to offer people a place call home for Christmas and to offer them a free meal.

Volunteer Dick Garrow said predicting the amount of meals to prepare each year can be tough.

"We never know if we're going to have 15, 20, 30 carryouts, we set a record last year of 175 and this year we set a record of I think right now is 214," said Garrow.

President of the Rhinelander Lions Club Mike Romportl said it feels great give back to his community.

Tuesday morning Bulldog Off-Road Recovery Service responded to the call with a six-man crew and a diver in an attempt to recover the vehicle.

Recovery Diver Nick Strupp said the dive was a very difficult venture.

"There is no visibility, you can't see anything," said Strupp. "I had about four inches of visibility with my light, you're working in complete darkness and everything is by touch and feel, it's a very hazardous situation."

Rhinelander local Helen Marino recently learned she could be breaking the law.

"I don't think I know anybody who has their dog licensed, I've never even heard anyone mention it before," said Marino.

Marino is not alone, as only 160 dogs and 18 cats are licensed in Rhinelander. That count is likely inaccurate.

Rhinelander City Clerk Val Foley said it can be difficult to get people to follow the law.

Pro-LifeWisconsin director Dan Miller said his organization is outraged, adding, "any money given to Planned Parenthood is too much."

The Packers Foundation said in a statement that money was given to benefit a specific program and was not a blanket donation.

That program is dedicated to helping Latino families in southeastern Wisconsin with language and health education they normally would not receive.

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Tabby Wakes Turns the Corner – Cultured Magazine12.26.19

Tabby Wakes likes to troll people. When we meet at one of Lower Manhattans busiest intersections in September, the 23-year-old rapper and entrepreneur is wearing a Demi Lovato, DJ Khaled and Kehlani tour tee. I think its hilarious, she says, in awe of the merch while admitting she hadnt actually attended the concert. Plans had changed and instead of checking out the music studio she owns and operates in Ridgewood, we decided to meet at her other office downtown, which turned out to be a CBD pop-up shop on Canal Street (she and her friends work there). Theres a new Vietnamese cafe she knows about and on our walk over, Tabby points out plots of pavement where she recalls popular street vendors getting shut down by the police. Its a moment from our conversation that stands out, not just as anecdotal evidence of Tabbys experience as a lifelong New Yorker, but as a window into the earnestness behind her trolling ways.

Congratulations is like a play on society, Tabby says of the opening track on Over Night, her EP out this year via A-Trak-founded label Fools Gold. People will be like, Congratulations, and youre like, I mean, I guessshe shrugs. In person, Tabby exudes the cool nonchalance she expresses on the song, from her skater lingo to the casual mention that when shes not making music or working on a rebrand of her recording studio, shes hosting parties at the notorious strip club Sapphire on 60th Street. Spending time in New York City, particularly Manhattan, can be unrelenting, and sometimes, youre too busy hustling to reflect on the progress youve made. Tabby was in middle school when her family moved from Crown Heights to Midtown, and into a very different, fast-paced physical and cultural experience. I moved back to Brooklyn [recently] and it was just so slow, it made me chill way harder, and I was like, damn, I need to not feel that comfortable, she says, touching on her mission to work as hard as she can for as long as she can.

Tabby is a proud 90s baby, citing Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes as essential to her musical foundation. In college at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Tabby formed a rap group called Holy Tower with two friends and started recording. The collective fizzled out, but, in 2018, she signed to Fools Gold and got to work on putting together what would become the melodic, hip-hop/pop hybrid oeuvre that she showcases on Over Night. With the support of her community, she also launched Blahkwork Studios, aiming to create an accessible environment for other local young artists to build a foundation for themselves. Lets say youre an engineer and you dont have clients, right? Im trying to make a stepping stoneyou start working out of this space and get more and more clients, and then you can start your own studio, she shares.

Some of Tabbys songs further reveal her playful side. On Snakes, a candy-sweet bop she imagined for kids, and Lady Gaga, which she says she geeked out making, Tabbys buoyant energy flows through glistening, auto-tuned vocals and hypnotic, twerk- inducing chanting (Ive gotten some videos [sent] to my phone, she adds). More sobering are the stories she tells with her music. I feel like when I made it, I didnt even understand what it meant, she admits about Angel, an ominous-sounding track whose prophetic, intimate lyrics later came true in a personal relationship. Her artistic process is varied, as intuitive and silly as it is earnest and measured. She recorded much of Over Night in Miami, where she locked in with the producer Brenmar, thanks to label head A-Trak. Elsewhere on Over Night, production from New Yorks beloved underground hip-hop producer Tony Seltzer cruises below Tabbys twinkling hooks.

Tabby has a tattoo on one arm that reads over night. She explains that the ink and matching EP title are also her poking fun: Literally nothing happens overnight, no matter what you think even if youre talking about viral hits, its like, that did not happen in a day. For Tabby, this chapter is just the beginning. Though she acknowledges that its a turning point, shes feeling chill about her debut EP being out in the world, always looking ahead to whats next. Im looking forward to putting together my next project. I kind of want to go to Tokyo or something, just to feel inspiration, she says, sharing little on those plans other than a gut check. When I instinctively congratulate her on the year shes had before we part ways, we both laugh as she saysI knew youd do that.

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Every Tattoo On Conor McGregor and The Stories Behind Them – Essentially Sports12.24.19

They call him the face of the Mixed Martial Arts and rightfully so. Conor McGregor is without a doubt the biggest star in MMA history. He is a once in a lifetime attraction and every time he steps into the octagon its a spectacle to the highest level. From how he carries himself during the press conference, his mind games, to his performance inside the cage, everything plays a crucial factor in justifying his Notorious Nickname.

One of the most stylish personalities in the sport of MMA, Conor McGregor is always dressed for the occasion. And another key aspect of his style game is his unique tattoo. Let it be the silverback gorilla on his chest or the tiger on his stomach, there is some hidden meaning behind those tattoos.

Here are all the tattoos the Notorious One has on his body and their meanings.

People make tattoos on their bodies for many different reasons. Usually, the tattoos resemble something very meaningful to the individuals. However, not for Conor McGregor.

You hear people say like they have a goldfish on their ass cheek and it means its a symbol of hope. Something like that. I just like the way it looks on my body.says McGregor.

However, Conor also believes that there might be some subconscious reasons for him to select that art to ink on his body.

I dont spend months picking it, I just see it, get it and just enjoy the experience of being inked on my body for the rest of my life. I dont know what it is.says the Irish.

The biggest tattoo of Conors body would be the Gorrila on his chest. Its a tattoo of a crowned Gorilla eating a heart. When Conan O Brien asked Conor about this tattoo on his TV show, McGregor said that he wanted to pay a tribute to his gym Straight Blast Gym(SBG) whose logo is also a Gorilla. Conor stated:

My gyms logo is a Gorilla. Its not that particular gorilla. But its a gorilla. S o I wanted to get something along with that line. I feel like I am the king Gorilla so I took the crown and I had him eat a heart. It felt right.

Conors fans find this Gorilla tattoo iconic. However, UFC president, Dana White is not very fond of this tattoo as he has asked Conor not to ink his body until he retires. In fact, he has asked the same to several other superstars such as Ronda Rousey. Though Rousey listened to Whites advise the Double Champ did what he wanted.

Ronda was going to get a sleeve. I said no you fucking not. Tattoos all the way up to your f***ing neck. I am like no you are not. Tattoo yourself up when you retire and she listened to me. I told Conor to stop doing it. He said- you are fucking old thats why you dont like them.' said White in an interview.

Conor McGregor has a bunch of tattoos on his left forearm. On his inner forearm, he has a tattoo of a dagger to a rose. On his left forearm, Conor has a tattoo of a Pocket watch showing 3:35 pm and roses around it. Besides this art, he got an Irish Gentleman.

In an interview with GQ Sports, Dana White reacted to Conors Irish Gentleman tattoo in this manner: I dont know how you walk into a tattoo shop and say I will take that one.

Related: Conor McGregor Controversies

Conor McGregor also has SLOW IS SMOOTH, SMOOTH IS FAST inscribed on his left elbow just above the roses. Well, it does resemble his fighting style inside the octagon.

The list of tattoos on McGregors body does not stop there as he has a tiger on his abdominal, which is one of the toughest parts of the body to get a tattoo. In an interview, Conor talked about the reason for getting the Tiger tattoo and stated:

The Tiger has been jumping out at me sometimes. It feels like it almost means something. I think Tiger is a courageous animal. So I like the Tiger and I decided to go and get it.

Apart from the Tiger, Conor has his Nickname Notorious and his sir name McGregor written on his stomach.

Related: Colby Covington Chaotic Controversies

On the neck of the Notorious one, there is a winged crucifix. It was believed that he was Catholic since hes Irish. However, Conor faced criticism from his Irish fans. He later reacted to that in a way only he could: f*** politics and f*** religion.

Connecting the crucifix on his neck McGregor has a Helix of thorns. McGregor has never talked about the reason behind it on camera, but it certainly looks good.

Its needless to say at this point that Conor McGregor loves his tattoos. But how did it all started? What was his first one? Surprisingly, it was the one he got when he was drunk on vacation and even he did not know what it means.

Conor has a tattoo of Arabic writing on his heel which means Cancer. Conor got that ink since it was a cool thing to do back then. So he was just following the trends as he said in an interview.

This was when I was drunk It could mean anything. Arabic writing was the thing for a while, it was the cool thing to do. I got it in Ayia Napa (Cyprus). I was young and on holiday. It cost me 20.stated McGregor.

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Limp Bizkit, Weezer, Blink-182 To Headline Inkcarceration 2020 – TicketNews12.24.19

Tattoo and music enthusiasts will join forces next summer for Ohios annual Inkcarceration with headlining performances from rock icons.

The annual music and tattoo festival will hold its 2020 event at the haunted Ohio State Reformatory from July 10 to 12 in Mansfield. The former prison, which is best-known as the prison in The Shawshank Redemption, will host headlining artists Limp Bizkit, Weezer, and Blink-182. Other rock acts like Mastodon, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Underoath, Hollywood Undead, and Falling in Reverse will take the stage, as well as New Politics, We Came as Romans, and The Devil Wears Prada, among others.

Aside from the music, over 60 tattoo artists will be in attendance, providing ink throughout the event. Artists from shops like Rich Gallery, Lucky Gypsy Tattoo, Imperial Tattoos, and Cincinnati Tattoo will create and tattoo designs, and they will be judged by Robert LaSardo, Jennifer Arroyo, and Kyla DeLaCerda.

Festival organizers noted in a statement that they are extremely humbled by the support the fans put behind this festival in 2019 and wanted to bring them something even bigger in 2020. Last year, the fest featured performers like Shinedown, Godsmack, and Five Finger Death Punch.

For year three, we put together an extremely eclectic lineup that brings together all forms of rock, organizers said. This festival is becoming known as the most unique event in the country, so we wanted to construct a lineup as unique as the venue itself! And, of course, its still the only rock festival held at a famous haunted prison!

Three-day passes and general admission tickets are now available. See the full lineup below.

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