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SIX things we learned from the Tuscan Grand Prix – MSN UK09.15.20

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Lewis Hamilton moved another step closer to defending his world championship title after winning the Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon ahead of Valtteri Bottas.

The Mugello race track made its F1 debut on the weekend and it certainly didn't disappoint, with plenty of twists and turns throughout as Hamilton marched to his sixth victory of the season.

Here, Sportsmail takes a close look at the things we learned from the action-packed Tuscan Grand Prix...

NO STOPPING HAMILTON AS HE REIGNS SUPREME ONCE AGAIN

Lewis Hamilton's dominance continued over the weekend after holding firm to extend his lead in the drivers' standings to a massive 55 points.

Following opening weekend disappointment after Valtteri Bottas claimed first spot, the Brit hasn't looked back and it's now only a matter of time until he gets his hands on a record-equalling seventh world title.

Hamilton has struck gold in six out of the first nine races and it looks like he will coast to yet another world title unless something quite extraordinary happens.

Despite the mayhem at Mugello, Hamilton still managed to navigate his way to a 90th career victory,one short of Michael Schumacher's pinnacle that many thought would never be touched.

There is a break from the hectic schedule next weekend, but next up for Hamilton it's a trip to Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix and his supremacy looks set to continue.

INEOS WILL BE TAKING OVER A JUGGERNAUT

While Hamilton can't be stopped, the same can be said for Mercedes as a whole as they already close in on a remarkable seventh consecutive crown.

Mercedes, led by Toto Wolff, hold a staggering 152-point lead after just nine race meetings, with Hamilton leading the way ahead of Mercedes team-mate Bottas in second place.

It's fair to say that chemical giants Ineos and Britain's richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, will be getting hold of an absolute juggernaut if their takeover goes through. They would be acquiring a team that looks set to dominate for years to come.

As Sportsmail reportedon Saturday, Mercedes are close to signing a 700million deal that will see it sold to Ineos and Ratcliffe.

Ineos, who agreed a 100m sponsorship agreement with Mercedes at the start of the season, bought cycling's former Team Sky last year.

The company, which also own French football club Nice and are funding Ben Ainslie's America's Cup yachting challenge, have agreed to buy a 70 per cent share in the German team, according to former F1 team boss Eddie Jordan and another source close to the deal.

ALBON IS GOOD ENOUGH TO KEEP HIS RED BULL SEAT

After some near-misses, Alexander Albon finally got a taste of what it's like to finish on the podium after securing third place at the Tuscan Grand Prix behind Hamilton and Bottas.

The British-born Thai driver produced a daring move around the outside of Renault's Daniel Ricciardo to seal third place, and his most memorable race to date within Formula One.

It comes at just the right time for Albon, who has struggled this season in the Red Bull in comparison to his team-mate Max Verstappen.

Red Bull can be quick to act if they don't like what they're seeing with Verstappen's understudy, just like they did by demoting Pierre Gasly back to their junior team AlphaTauri last season, but Albon laid down a statement of intent.

And after his podium success, the 24-year-old thanked Red Bull for sticking by him during some tricky times.

After Albon crossed the line to take his first trophy in F1, team boss Christian Horner told him over the radio: 'Well done Alex, you did it the hard way today. A really well-deserved podium.'

Albon replied: 'Thanks everyone. Thanks for everything. Thanks for sticking with me.'

MUGELLO CERTAINLY DOESN'T DISAPPOINT

Mugello - which was introduced to the Formula One calendar because of the impact coronavirus has had on the season - had a debut to remember on Sunday, with plenty of the sport's biggest stars hailing the circuit.

It was a hugely eventful race,packed with crashes, overtakes and incidents - there were a total of three safety car interventions and two red flags.

And after Sunday's thrilling race, following up from the exhilarating Italian Grand Prix, it has left the drivers wanting more.

'I would really love to come back,' Hamilton said after strolling to yet another victory over his rivals.

Renault's Daniel Ricciardo declared that 'we will be happy to come back' - adding that 'it was certainly not a dull race.'

And on the eve of race weekend, Ferrrari's Charles Lecerc said 'it's unbelievable, unbelievable.'

ANOTHER SOUR NOTE FOR FERRARI AT THEIR 1,000TH GRAND PRIX

It has been a nightmare season for both Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel behind the Ferrari wheel - sitting eighth and 13th respectively in the drivers' championship while the Italian giants are sixth in the constructor standings.

And it perhaps sums up their season to date that despite finally getting points on the board at Mugello as they celebrated their 1,000th Grand Prix, there are still plenty of issues to resolve.

Ferrari recorded theirfirst double-points finish since the British Grand Prix five races ago but issues remained.

Both Leclerc and Vettel struggled for race pace around the Ferrari-owned circuit - the former climbed to third during lap one but progressively fell down the order to end up ninth, only to pick up a place due to a penalty for Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen.

Meanwhile, Vettel finished 10th at the Tuscan Grand Prix,having spent much of the race battling with Williams' George Russell.

And after the race, Leclerc lamented the performance of the Ferrari.'We were just slow,' the 22-year-old slammed.

'There's not much more to add to that. I did a good start, put myself, I think, in the best position possible behind the two Mercedes that were going away, so I had free air but just struggling so much with the car.

RICCIARDO'S TATTOO BET IN DOUBT

It was nearly Ricciardo's best moment behind the wheel for Renault, only for him to be pipped to third by Albon at Mugello.

Ricciardo was on course to deliver a first podium for Renault since their return to the sport four years ago but Albon swept by the Australian late on for his maiden podium finish.

And the Australian came so close tomaking team principal Cyril Abiteboul get a tattoo thanks to a bet the pair agreed on.

Before the season started, Ricciardo and Abiteboul shook on a bet that would see the team principle get a tattoo of the Australian's choice if he managed to score a first podium for Renault.

The wait unfortunately goes on but Ricciardo admitted it certainly wasn't on his mind during the closing stages of the race.

'To be honest I wasn't thinking about tattoo designs, but I was thinking about the trophy and some champagne,' he said. 'It was hot out there, so I was certainly thirsty for that.'

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17 bridal mehandi designs that will inspire you to customise yours on your big day – Vogue India09.15.20

Personalising every aspect of your trousseau can be tiring but if there's one avenue where this can be done without putting in too much effort, it would be your bridal mehandi. There's plenty of cultural nostalgia and folklore attached to a bride's henna and adding a few personal touches to your bridal mehandi is almost expected.

Get inspired by celebrity brides who have walked down the aisle in the past few years. Sonam Kapoor Ahuja infused her bridal mehandi with lotuses and elephantsmotifs meaningful to her and Anand Ahuja. Not only did her red bridal lehenga bear the floral pattern, but Anand Ahuja also sports a tattoohis equivalent of a wedding ring equivalent of the same flower. Priyanka Chopra's trousseau was riddled with personalised references to their relationship right from the couple's name being inscribed on the waistband of her lehenga to the with the white Ralph Lauren gown bearing their wedding date. A romantic at heart, Chopra sneaked in a reference to her musician husband-to-be with her mehandi design: her henna artist created a guitar on the top of her right hand. Overall, her design was kept traditional with motifs like peacocks, paisleys and flowers on it.

Follow Priyanka Chopras lead with a mehandi design that signifies your SOs profession. You can also sprinkle the handiwork with your love story. From your favourite flower to nicknames and wedding hashtags, there's plenty to play around with. Etching your favourite memories as a couple is also an optionthink elements borrowed from your first holiday together. For inspiration, check out the mehandi where the bride got animal patterns done. The thread can also extend to favourite hobbies and characters; you cannot miss the design where the bride got Aladdin and Jasmine portraits on her palms. If you'd rather take baby steps, incorporate small yet significant elements like the first piece of jewellery gifted to you.

Bride and groom motifs in traditional attire have been a long favourite, but how about going the extra mile with portraits that look like you? Got a favourite song or poem thats symbolic to you and your partner? Get a part of the verse from it hennaed on your palms. If youre doting pet parents, one of the cutest ways to customise your mehandi is by featuring a photo of your furry friend in the design. This is also a great way to include your pet if they cannot be part of the wedding ceremony. Ahead, check out designs to take inspiration from.

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After US Open, Djokovic working on the mental side of tennis – Gulf News09.15.20

A crestfallen Novak Djokovic leaves the US Open arena after being defaulted in the fourth round. He is looking to resurrect his fortunes in the clay courts with Italian Open and then French Open, the re-scheduled final grand slam of the year. Image Credit: AFP

New York: Eight days after his abrupt disqualification from the US Open for accidentally hitting a line judge with a ball, Novak Djokovic said that he saw the incident as an opportunity to improve the mental side of his game and that he hoped he could be a wiser player as a result.

Im working mentally and emotionally as hard as I am physically, trying to be the best version of myself on the court, off the court, Djokovic said Monday from Rome, where he will compete in the Italian Open this week. I understand that I have outbursts and its the personality and kind of player that I have always been.

He added: Obviously I went through ups and downs in my career, managing to control my emotions more or less. But youre alone out there, its a lot of intensity, a lot of pressure, and you have to deal with all of that.

Djokovic spoke with reporters at length on Monday for the first time since he was defaulted in the fourth round of the US Open. While behind in the first set against Pablo Carreno Busta, Djokovic hit a ball about 40 feet, from the court toward a back wall, where it hit a line judge in the throat. She collapsed, and Djokovic tried to comfort her. After a lengthy discussion with tournament officials, he was disqualified, upending the mens singles draw.

The rules are clear when it comes to that, Djokovic said. I accepted it, and I had to move on.

Until then, Djokovic had not lost a match all season and was heavily favored to win the U.S. Open, which would have been his 18th Grand Slam tournament title. Dominic Thiem, seeded second, beat Alexander Zverev for the title Sunday night in a thriller that ended with a tiebreaker in the fifth set.

Djokovic admitted that his disqualification, although somewhat unlucky, was not completely out of the blue given his propensity for expressing anger on the court, which has sometimes included being reckless with equipment.

At the 2016 French Open, he swiped his racket in anger and it slipped out of his hand, just missing a line judge. He could have been defaulted, but he went on to win the tournament - his only French Open victory.

Later that season, he quibbled with a reporter at the ATP Finals after hitting a ball into the stands without hitting anyone. The reporter said it could have been dangerous for spectators.

It could have been, yes, Djokovic said at the time, bristling at the reporters suggestion that the behavior might be part of a pattern. It could have snowed in O2 Arena, as well, but it didnt.

His defiance then appeared to be much different from his sentiment Monday, when he said he was really sorry to cause the shock and drama for the line judge who was hit.

She didnt deserve that in any way, he said. She obviously is volunteering as well and doing her work. She loves tennis, and shes been there, as I understood, for quite a few years.

He stopped short of guaranteeing a something similar would not happen in future tournaments, but said he would certainly remember it and learn from it.

I dont think Ill have any major issues coming back to the Tour and being able to perform well and hit the tennis ball - of course, during the point, he said.

At the coming French Open, Djokovic will aim to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win each Grand Slam tournament twice. He said he was glad to have new goals to focus on right away, though he still considers the 12-time French Open champion, Rafael Nadal, as the clear favourite.

Rafa obviously decided to stay on clay and practice, and surely that gives him more advantage, Djokovic said of Nadal, the 2019 US Open champion who skipped an attempt at a repeat because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Even if he didnt practice for that long on clay, he would still be the No. 1 favorite in Roland Garros or any other clay tournament because hes Rafa, Djokovic added. Playing on clay, hes the ultimate challenge.

Nadal is among many players, including second-ranked Simona Halep, who will be returning to major competition after declining to travel to the United States during the health crisis.

Its obvious that to feel 100%, you need matches. But here I am, Nadal said Monday. I arrived with plenty of time to try to have the right practices.

At the Italian Open, Nadal will play his first match against Carreno Busta, who after facing Djokovic reached the US Open semifinal.

Its going to be a good test, Nadal said. Im excited about going back to competition, without big expectations.

Halep figures to be the top seed in the womens singles draw at the French Open because the defending champion, Ashleigh Barty, the WTA No. 1, does not plan to play.

Like Nadal, Halep said she had no regrets about choosing to skip the US Open.

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Faces in the Pandemic – TMC News – Texas Medical Center News09.14.20

Hundreds of Asian American faces gaze directly at passersby from a long, low hallway in Rice Universitys Fondren Gallery.

In this pop-up exhibit, the viewer becomes the viewed.

On one wall, 120 life-size selfies are arranged in a grid. Most of the faces have serious expressions; few are smiling. On the opposite wall, the same 120 faces appear wearing masks. Many of the masks are medical, but some are handmade from colorful textiles and a few display written messages, like Black Lives Matter.

Faces in the Pandemic, on display through Nov. 15, is the inaugural exhibition of Rice Universitys Houston Asian American Archive, funded by the Chao Center for Asian Studies.

The exhibit speaks to the deep-seated racism that many Asian Americans and people of color have experienced during the pandemic, said Ann Shi, associate curator at HAAA and curator of this exhibit. Faces, in this context, is about identity and how skin color has influenced our place in society.

In May, HAAA put out an open call for volunteers to participate in a community project designed to capture the perspectives of Asian Americans during the COVID-19 crisis. Ultimately, 120 volunteers responded, many of them artists and high-profile Asian Americans in Houston, including fashion designer Chloe Dao; chef Kiran Verma; violinist and Shepherd School of Music professor Cho-Liang Lin; and artistic director of Opera in the Heights Eiki Isomura. Their photos are among the 240 selfies that make up the community photo murals.

When we put out the open call, we asked the volunteers to gaze directly at the camera and have an intense and serious gaze, Shi said. These are all meant to kind of give a messagean uneasy feeling when viewers walk through.

The photo murals highlight shared humanity in the face of a common threat, but also emphasize individual struggles against racism, stereotypes and public misconception.

The second part of Faces in the Pandemic, which gather works from professional and outsider artists, responds more directly to the racial tensions that burst and resonated around the world after the May 25 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Many of the pieces in this section reference the history of racial oppression in the United States, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which restricted Chinese immigration into the country.

Sherry Tseng Hills acrylic on canvas piece, Forgive but Not Forget, offers a panoramic history of Asians in America from 1871 to 2020. The painting highlights several historic events, including the 1885 Rock Springs Massacre, in which Chinese miners working in Wyoming were killed and injured; Japanese internment camps; and the 1999 murder of Joseph Ileto, a Filipino American postal worker shot down by a white supremacist in Los Angeles.

I chose to highlight this repetitive history of scapegoating, hate-mongering, ignorance and hatred still being perpetuated to this day by the current administration, as a call to reject the hate, Hill wrote in an artists statement.

Vietnamese American artist Antonius-Tn Buis intricate laser- and hand-cut paper pieces, part of a folk art tradition dating back to the second century, feature textual messages aimed at subverting Asian stereotypes. The phrase NOT YOUR TOKEN appears in one circular red piece, NOT YOUR ASIAN SIDEKICK in another. NOT EXOTIC is cut into blue paper crafted in the shape of a vase. All are part of the artists ReModel Minority series.

Anthony Pabillano also uses hand-cut paper, but he builds layered portraits from multiple colors and shapes, one piece of paper stacked on top of the next. Progression of a Portrait suggests that every individual is made up of many shades and tones.

Victor Anchetas The Good Hour is a functioning clock that speaks to the final hour of a persons life. A skull appears in the center of the piece. At the bottom left, a Black man stands with bullet holes in his white shirt. At the bottom right, a mother holds her child. All three figures are wrapped in a black death cloak. At the bottom center, a victim of COVID-19 lies supine, wearing a face mask.

Other artists featured in the exhibit include Brandon Tho Harris, Chang Liu, Irene Kwan, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Wen-Hui Shen and Yinxi Jushi.

The Houston Asian American Archive is a research and community outreach project focused on the lives and experiences of the Asian and Asian American community in greater Houston.

Faces in the Pandemic illuminates a topic that is very timely and that will lead to lots of discussion, Shi said, especially as we get closer to the upcoming election.

Rice Universitys Fondren Library is in Phase 3 reopening for Rice students, faculty and staff, but members of the public can visit Faces in the Pandemic by making a reservation; no more than two guests at a time are allowed. To make a reservation, go to calendly.com/visithaaa/reservation. For library hours, visit library.rice.edu/.

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Dune 2020: Why Dave Bautista’s Beast Has Bleached Skin – Screen Rant09.14.20

Denis Villeneuve's Dune features a reinvented Glossu Rabban or "Beast", this time played by Dave Bautista and sporting pale bleached skin.

Dave Bautista will play a reinvented version of Glossu Rabban Harkonnen in Denis Villeneuve's Dune, and this time, Beast will be sporting pale, bleached skin. Anew vision of Frank Herbert's celebrated sci-fi novel will soon appear in the form of Villeneuve's Dune-the highly-anticipated adaptation that looks set to right many of the wrongs perpetrated by David Lynch'sDune movie. The first trailer for the film has promised a suitably epic take on the source material, giving viewers their first extended glimpse at the director's vision.

Alongside footage of lead Timothe Chalamet as Paul Atreides, the Dune trailer included first-looks at some of the story's central characters. Audiences got their first glimpse of the legendary sandworms that populate the baron desert plains of the planet Arrakis, while a brief shot revealedStellan Skarsgrd'sBaron Vladimir Harkonnen the central villain of the movie and nemesis of House Atreides. The Baron's blood-thirsty nephew and Harkonnen enforcerGlossu Rabban, aka "Beast," also shows up in the trailer, providing a quick lookat Dave Bautista's version of the character. And this time, it looks like Villeneuve has gone in a very different direction.

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UnlikePaul Smith's Beast in 1984'sDune,Bautista's version appears to beincredibly pale, with almost bleached-looking skin. Though the Dune trailer only includes aquick shot of Beast, the character will clearly have a very different lookthis time around one which he appears to share with Skarsgrd's Baron. While there's no explanation in the Dune trailer for the villains' pale complexion, Villineuve has solid reasoning for the change. The director has clearly thought a lot about the world of Duneand how its various characters function within it. In the case of both Beast andBaron Vladimir Harkonnen, their pale appearances have to do with their home planet, where the sun itself is mostly hidden.

Speaking to EW, Villeneuve revealed that he based Glossu Rabban's appearance on the Harkonnen home planet's ecosystem, explaining that the world of Geidi Primeis"one where the sun is obscured most of the time by heavy clouds of pollution." Expanding on this point, the director said:"Their skin is not used to sun, so they have to protect themselves from sunlight when they go on Arrakis." The explanation for why both Beast and the Baron appear to have bleached skin is essentially a severe Melanin deficiency. Despite the fact theHouse Harkonnen ruled the planet Arrakis prior to the House Atreides taking over, neither the Baron nor Beast have spent much time on the desert planet itself at least in Villeneueve's take on theworld and story of Dune.

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French museum sorry after woman forced to cover neckline – The Jakarta Post – Jakarta Post09.14.20

The Quai d'Orsay art museum in Paris has apologized to a woman after agents refused to let her in until she covered up a low-cut dress.

The incident prompted an outpouring of indignation on social media.

In a Twitter post on Wednesday, the woman, identified as "To" with the handle @jeavnne, recounted how two female agents confronted her to say she would be denied entry unless she put on her jacket, despite the summer heat.

"I asked them clearly, 'Why is the fact that I have a low neckline a problem?'... They didn't answer, they just insisted that rules are rules," she wrote in a letter, next to a picture of her in the dress.

She also noted the irony of being shamed over her breasts at a museum that features a plethora of nude sculptures and paintings, including masterpieces by Edouard Manet and Gustave Courbet.

After accepting to put on her jacket and being allowed inside, she saw that plenty of women were wearing halter tops and other clothing that could be considered just as revealing, "but they were all skinny, with very small breasts."

"I wonder if I would have been allowed in if I were wearing the outfits some of these women were wearing," she wrote.

Read also: Chinese university slammed for telling female students to spurn 'overly revealing' dress

The account soon went viral and drew scorn from thousands of commenters.

"We deeply regret this and present our sincere excuses to the person involved, whom we are trying to contact," the Quai d'Orsay said in a statement on Twitter.

It was the latest incident in recent weeks suggesting that France does not always live up to its reputation as a bastion of personal liberty, in particular when it concerns a woman's body.

Last month, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin rebuked officers in the Mediterranean beach town of Sainte-Marie-la-Mer after they asked a group of topless sunbathers to cover up following complaints from a family.

And the Casino supermarket chain apologized last month after media reports recounted how a young woman trying to buy diapers in Six-Fours-les-Plages, near Marseille, was refused entry by a security guard who said her top showed too much skin.

"This attitude is unacceptable and we do not share these values," Casino said on Twitter, adding that it condemned "all types of discrimination."

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Things To Do At Home This Week – The New York Times09.14.20

Here is a sampling of the weeks events and how to tune in (all times are Eastern). Note that events are subject to change after publication.

Consider the outsize impact of Richard Wagner during a digital evening presented by Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn and the Wagner Society of New York. In his new book, Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music, Alex Ross, the music critic for The New Yorker, looks at how the 19th-century German composers oeuvre influenced Paul Czanne, Luis Buuel, feminists, gay-rights pioneers and, notoriously, Hitler. Mr. Ross chats with A.O. Scott, a critic at large for The New York Times.

When 7 p.m.Where powerhousearena.com

Hold a virtual magnifying glass over three large-scale abstract canvases by Mark Bradford, a Los Angeles-based artist. He created his vibrant but haunting Quarantine Paintings mounted by Hauser & Wirth while abiding by Los Angeless stay-at-home order. Im adjusting to life on Mars, Mr. Bradford told The Times in a recent interview.

When AnytimeWhere hauserwirth.com

To say the United States is in the middle of a complicated moment is an understatement: The global pandemic rages on, the nation struggles with racial justice, and a consequential presidential election looms. The New York Times book critic Parul Sehgal hosts a conversation titled The Politics of Fiction to grapple with this moment and the place fiction has within it. Can it help us make sense of events and better understand what lies ahead? Do fiction writers have any responsibilities toward current events? Joining Ms. Sehgal is the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ayad Akhtar, and the novelists Marlon James and Rachel Kushner.

When 4:30 p.m.Where timesevents.nytimes.com

Learn all about eggplants with the sisters Danielle Cook, a cooking instructor and nutritionist, and Adrienne Cook, a food writer. A little-known fact about the plant: Its dark purple skin contains high amounts of nasunin, a powerful antioxidant. In this recorded segment produced by the United States Botanic Garden, the sisters provide cooking and gardening tips for the produce as well as ways to keep it growing in your garden even as the temperature starts to drop.

When After 12 p.m.Where USBG.gov/Cooking

Go behind the scenes of Heartbeat Opera, a Manhattan-based company that completely reimagines well-known works. As part of its weeklong Secret Sauce series, the American classical singer Julia Bullock explains how Heartbeats productions of Kafka-Fragments, Fidelio and Lucia di Lammermoor came together, and chats about the future of opera. Tickets are $30 per device.

When 2 p.m.Where heartbeatopera.org/secret-sauce

Join Rabbi Daniel Brenner for the first of a series of High Holy Day celebrations streamed live from New York Citys Brooklyn Bowl. Jordan McLean, a composer and co-founder of the Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band Antibalas, co-hosts the High Holidays 2020 series. The event is free.

When 7:30 p.m.Where fans.com

Practice the different parts of a Sevillana dance, a Spanish folk style, courtesy of Pasin y Arte, an all-female flamenco dance company based in Philadelphia, and the citys annual Fringe Festival. Follow the lessons from Elba Hevia y Vaca, PyAs artistic director, uploaded weekly to the companys website, where you can also submit footage of your moves. It could end up featured at a virtual gathering for participants at the beginning of October.

When Through Oct. 4Where fringearts.com/event/sevillana-get-togethers-2020

Catch Italian films all month with Filmatique, a streaming platform that offers a free monthlong trial. The first film available in the curated series is Caesar Must Die, a riff on Shakespeares Julius Caesar that tells the journey into a high-security prison in Rome.

When AnytimeWhere filmatique.com

Find out why virtual reality seems so real with an online visit to the nonprofit Virtual Science Center, based in Silicon Valley. Click through optical and auditory illusions (remember yanny or laurel?); try some of the guided activities, such as making a stereoscope to show how your eyes and brain work together; or watch conversations with people who use V.R. on the job, including Todd Chang, an emergency physician at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. He relies on virtual simulation to train medical staff.

When AnytimeWhere virtualsciencecenter.org

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The Latest and Greatest: Innovative tech, products inspire industry sales – The Spokesman-Review09.14.20

By Kate A. Miner EVERCANNABIS Correspondent

There have been significant changes to the cannabis industry in the first half of 2020. The market is growing rapidly, and customers are becoming more educated, trying new products and incorporating cannabis into their daily lives.

For instance, America lit up more than just fireworks on the Fourth of July this year. Legal cannabis sales totaled $400 million for the week, up 60% over the weekly national average, and sales in current legal states are projected to grow at an annual rate of 14% over the next six years, reaching nearly $30 billion by 2025. Additionally, public support for cannabis legalization is at an all-time high with more than two thirds of the country in support of federal legalization.

With such growth comes plenty of business potential, and everyone wants in. New cannabis products continue to emerge. Lets take a look at some of the hottest and most innovative products for cannabis consumers and industry professionals.

Gofire Alternative Health Suite

Gofires dose-measuring vaporizer and app help medical marijuana patients track which products provide the best results for an individuals personal health needs. Community reviewers and a caregiver portal also enhance the experience.

AVD Eazy-Press Cartridge

One of the most state-of-the-art cartridges available, the AVD Eazy Press Glass Cartridge is ideal for fast, high quality filling and capping. With no arbor press needed and a tamper-proof, low-torque locking system, get ready to revolutionize how you think about cartridges.

DaVinci MIQCRO

The DaVinci MIQCRO has taken the loose-leaf vaporizer to the next level. The most compact premium vaporizer around, the DaVinci MIQCRO features a zirconium cooling airflow system and precision temperature control in the palm of your hand.

Kandypens Oura Portable Dab Rig

Equipped with four pre-set temperatures, multiple atomizer options, a 3000mAh battery and a handmade glass attachment, the Oura delivers thick vapor with a rapid heat-up time. Featuring a zinc alloy shell and hefty base that provides additional durability, this dynamic e-rig is available in seven stylish colors.

Hemp & Booch Super Premium Kombucha

Cannabis Global, Inc. has launched a hemp-infused kombucha under its Hemp You Can Feel brand. Hemp & Booch boasts that it uses honey bees to extract unprocessed hemp naturally, rather than in a laboratory. Available in Concord Grape & Vanilla Bean, Pineapple Mint, and Tart Cherry & Lavender flavors.

>Ripple QuickSticks

Remember Pixy Stix? Those paper tubes filled with powdered candy that you would pour into your mouth as a kid? Ripple QuickSticks will certainly scratch that nostalgic itch: Colorados Stillwater Brands recently introduced single-serve packets of flavored powder infused with THC and CBD that dissolves directly on the tongue. Flavors include Mint Chocolate, Blueberry Pom, and Gingerberry.

Arcanum Sarco Skin Kinesiology Tape

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Lions have lived in Anchorage as business attractions and pets over the years. Here’s how that worked out. – Anchorage Daily News09.14.20

Part of a continuing weekly series on local history by local historian David Reamer. Have a question about Anchorage history or an idea for a future article? Go to the form at the bottom of this story.

There have been at least four privately owned lions in Anchorage history, and since there have been at least four, it is impossible to absolutely state there have not been more. Once a certain far north population has proven capable of importing four lions, it is within the realm of possibility that some other mad Alaskan hid a lion inside a basement, Quonset hut, or some other hidey-hole. In related history, there have also been multiple lion-related lawsuits in Anchorage.

The first privately owned lion in Anchorage was a lioness named Gil. For a couple of years in the late 1950s, Army Staff Sergeant Glenn Diel and his wife kept Gil chained in their backyard off Lake Otis Parkway and just south of Tudor Road. Gil was a well-known feature of the area; the Diels even took her on walks. When one woman approached too closely, the playful Gil pounced, ripped her coat and broke the skin on her shoulder. The woman required no medical attention and told the Anchorage Daily Times, It was my fault.

If the intervening 60-plus years make this sound charming, rest assured the neighbors were not amused. There had been arguments and petitions, but a breaking point came on June 30, 1957. Four-year-old Gail Meyers walked into the Diels backyard, hoping to pet the 18-month-old giant cat. Gil knocked Gail down and left claw marks on the childs back.

The Meyers sued the Diels for $5,059: $59 in actual damages plus $5,000 for pain and suffering. At the same time, a group of around 60 neighbors filed for a court injunction to remove Gil from the neighborhood. In October 1957, Judge J.L. McCarrey awarded the Meyers only their actual damages of $59, around $550 in 2020 dollars. As for the injunction request, Judge McCarry ruled that the Diels could keep Gil at their home so long as the lioness was caged within an eight-foot high enclosure topped with wire netting.

It is unknown whether the Diels ever constructed that cage. Gil died only a few months later, in early 1958, from a longstanding liver ailment. She was buried in the backyard of Spenard pet shop owner Fred Bustrin.

From 1954 through 1967, there was a childrens amusement park called Kiddieland on Fireweed Lane, right off Seward Highway. Those locals with long memories might recall the rideable miniature train. In October 1967, a fire destroyed most of the complex, including the Ferris wheel, bumper cars and carousel.

Before the fire, the attractions also included a lioness, Cleo. On Aug. 19, 1967, 12-year-old Elizabeth Lee reached through the bars of Cleos cage. The lioness clamped onto Lees arm and refused to let go, even when struck in the head with a pipe. A nearby Alaska State Trooper shot Cleo in the head, killing her on the spot. Lees family subsequently sued and were awarded $15,000, about $112,000 in 2020, from the amusement park operators.

The most famous lions in Anchorage history are also its most recently surviving. The Brown brothers, George and Leon, first arrived in Anchorage in the early 1950s. George and his wife, Peg, opened the Lucky Wishbone, the venerable restaurant still standing on East Fifth Avenue. Leon opened Anchorages first drive-in restaurant, the Mountain View A&W. And for more than 20 years, locals visited the stand for its hamburgers, fries and two lions.

The lioness Princess was brought north in the late 1950s by a man hoping to make a fortune with her as an attraction for hire. After that gambit failed, he used Princess to pay off a debt to Leon Brown.

The second, younger lion was a male named Timbo, aka Tim. In 1964, a Texan drove north with Timbo for company. It was a different time. The Texan soon discovered that his Anchorage friends and relatives were unwilling to accept a large cat houseguest. So, he sold the 2-month-old cub to Brown.

That year, Brown ordered a custom, 40-foot-long, 8-foot-wide trailer, which was placed between the A&W and his neighboring electrical supply business on Mountain View Drive. Bring the kiddies to see Timbo and Princess two real live lions while you shop, said the advertisements.

There were occasional complaints of animal cruelty. As one lady put it, the lions only purpose is to appease a lunch-hour crowd in front of a Mountain View hamburger stand. However, the Alaska Humane Society investigated and found that Brown treated his lions admirably. Browns lions were, in the investigators words, taken care of far better than the zoo could do it. A federal veterinarian visited twice a year so Brown could maintain a license to keep the lions.

Former Wisconsin farmer Art Foster managed the lions day-to-day care for most of their time in Alaska. His only previous animal experience was a lot of ornery livestock. But he grew to love the lions. Princess, who had struggled to acclimate to Alaska, especially prospered under Fosters care. She was the calm one, while Timbo was more excitable. Said Foster of Timbo, We had a working agreement that I wouldnt bite him if he wouldnt bite me and that seemed to work out.

Foster had an occasionally wicked sense of humor. While Timbo was more of a homebody, Princess loved rides. At least once a week, Foster loaded Princess into a specially rigged station wagon, which had the expected effect on passersby. On one of these excursions, he offered a lift to two hitchhikers. One opened a door, saw the lion, and, per Foster, jumped over a snowbank and went across the swamp like an outboard motor. Another time, Foster gave Timbo an old pair of pants to chew on. A young boy spotted the big cat tearing at the pants and exclaimed to his mother, He got one, he got one.

It took a few months for Princess to accept Timbos presence, and over a decade before she accepted him as a mate. Pregnant at the advanced-for-lions age of 23, she died in 1978 from a combination of pregnancy, age and stomach issues. Timbo died of cancer in 1982 at the age of 18.

The literal lions of Mountain View offer something of a cultural dividing line. For older residents, the lions were one of many symbols of a wilder city. In their time, everyone knew about the lions. Newer residents are far more likely to be shocked, even concerned about the presence of lions in their neighborhoods.

Browns Have Prospered Off What Was Offered. Anchorage Times, March 11, 1979, B2.

Elizabeth Lee v. State of Alaska and Frank Johnson. 490 P.2d 1206, Alaska Supreme Court, 1971.

Fire Damages Amusement Park off Fireweed. Anchorage Daily Times, October 11, 1967, 2.

Gil the Lion Bites Woman. Anchorage Daily Times, November 15, 1957, 1.

Gil the Lioness is Dead. Anchorage Daily Times, May 21, 1958, 1.

Gillette, Helen. Home Country. Anchorage Times, October 1, 1978, E4.

McCollum, Pat. Great Lander Merchant of the Week: A&W Drive Inn. Anchorage Daily News, May 22, 1974, 5.

Shinohara, Rosemary. The Lions Sleep with the Birds Tonight. Anchorage Daily News, January 20, 1974, A-6.

Tell it to Bud. Anchorage Times, November 23, 1981, B2.

Virtue, Cary. Neighbors Bid Farewell to Old Friend. Anchorage Times, September 2, 1982, A1, A4.

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Professor admits to lying about being a Black woman, scholars discuss how racism helped enable her deception – The San Diego Union-Tribune09.14.20

A professor of African and Latin American studies at George Washington University recently resigned after revealing that shed spent years posing as a light-skinned Black woman when shes actually White. Jessica Krug engaged in a strikingly similar deception as Rachel Dolezal, the White woman whod previously been found to be posing as a light-skinned Black woman who also worked as a college professor and chapter president of an NAACP chapter in Spokane, Wash.

In Krugs own account, she acknowledges what she calls her own cowardice, anti-Blackness and violence in forcing herself into spaces that were not for her, and in forming relationships with others based on her lies. There have also been conversations on social media stating that she only came forward because people whod suspected her deception were about to tell the truth, whether she was willing to admit it or not.

What Krug did was minstrelsy, said Michelle Moyd, an associate professor of history at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., and associate director of the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society. She is part of a long tradition of minstrelsy in this country, and as such, she is a thief.

Moyd is joined in conversation by Naila Keleta-Mae, an artist and associate professor with expertise in race, gender and performance at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. They discuss the ways that the history of the one-drop rule and colorism work in favor of White supremacy in these cases, and their opinion on the usefulness of gatekeeping Blackness. (This email interview has been edited for length and clarity. )

Q: Earlier this month, Jessica Krug, a professor of African and Latin American studies, revealed in an essay that shed spent years lying about being a Black woman, and that she is, in fact, a White woman. This, of course, reminded me of Rachel Dolezal. What was your reaction to the news about Jessica Krug?

Keleta-Mae: It made me think about performance and the many ways in which White supremacy can be thought of metaphorically as a theater, where White people can use stories, clothing, make-up, lighting and sets to create whatever fantasies they have about the aspects of Black peoples lives that fascinate them, without ever asking the Black people in the audience what we think of their show. Sometimes the performances are elaborately maintained over years, as in the cases of Krug and Dolezal, and sometimes the performances are sporadic, as in the case of Canadas current prime minister, Justin Trudeau, who wore blackface on more than one occasion.

Moyd: My initial reaction to the news about Jessica Krug was rage. Here was a White woman adopting multiple Black and Brown personas over a long span, performing different identities in different phases of a long-term fraud. She took up space in the academic profession, which has a well-documented dearth of actual Black and Brown people in its ranks. Scholars who interacted with her over the years reported that she habitually berated those she deemed not radical enough. In translation, not Black enough, or not Afro-Puerto Rican enough. The jaw-dropping audacity of a White woman judging actual Black and Brown peoples politics and scholarship produces a special kind of anger. Krug fabricated a difficult, tragic past that drew on some of the worst stereotypes and caricatures of Black and Brown people, and she weaponized that fake past to diminish peoples actual experiences, politics and scholarship. This sustained gaslit performance is inexcusable, and in many ways, unfathomable.

Upon further reflection, reading and conversation, my rage gave way to something more like dismay at the sheer gall of enmeshing a number of well-regarded Africanist scholars in her progression from a respected graduate program, to a tenure-track job at an elite institution, to tenure at that same institution. Her fraudulent career meant a lot of labor by mentors and colleagues who took her at face value. She played a role in shaping the academic careers of many undergraduate and graduate students. The field that she works in, African history, has been dominated by White scholars since its inception as a formal academic sub-discipline in the 1960s. In the United States, African studies has recently undertaken somewhat of a long-overdue reckoning, self-critiquing its racist foundations and structures. Krugs exposure in this moment is a timely, if exaggerated, example of precisely how these racist structures have kept people of African descent out of jobs like the one she occupied at GWU. It also reminds us of the despicable ways that White women have imagined themselves to have rights to enter and inhabit Black spaces, experiences, expression, but they can never know what it is like to exist as a Black person in this country. They can only know a caricatured, purloined version. What Krug did was minstrelsy. She is part of a long tradition of minstrelsy in this country, and as such, she is a thief. And here I would call attention to the public work of Dr. Yarimar Bonilla (Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY) and Dr. Yomaira Figueroa-Vsquez (Michigan State) who have done a lot over the past week to contextualize and explain the offense of Krugs minstrelsy within the Afro-Puerto Rican activist circles she claimed.

Q: One of the first things that came to mind for me was this tendency Ive seen from people who do not appear to be Black, claiming that they are Black based on very distant and partial Black ancestry. Can you talk a bit about the one-drop rule? What it is, and how its historically been used?

Keleta-Mae: The one-drop rule worked in service of the kind of anti-Black racism that White supremacy in the United States required in the 20th century, when it was legal in some states. The one-drop rule dictates that if someone has one drop of blood in them that can be traced to Black ancestry, then regardless of their skin color, that person is Black and also inferior to a White person because the one-drop rule is based on the lie that White people are superior to Black people. In practice, the one-drop rule did things like allow White slave owners to disinherit their offspring who had Black ancestry, and it facilitated the horrors of the Jim Crow era. No longer legal, the legacies of the one-drop rule continue to unfold in the ways that people view and value Black people well beyond the United States.

Moyd: The one-drop rule refers to the notion that if a person has any hint of African ancestry, they are, by definition, Black. One-drop rule logics underwrote exclusionary practices in U.S. history. Different variants of one-drop rule legislation and practices appeared in the first decades of the 20th century. One example was the 1924 Racial Integrity Actcq passed in Virginia, though there are also earlier examples. These laws were used to categorize people according to race, and to prevent people from different races from having interracial sex or marrying.

But to return to the first part of this questions framing, its important to note that people legitimately self-identify as Black based on very distant and partial Black ancestry through a variety of means, including familial and kinship ties, genealogies, cultivation of spaces of belonging beyond bloodlines, and much more. It is not really for outsiders to judge whether or not people who do not appear to be Black are Black or not. This is another pernicious aspect of Krugs disrespect for, and abuse of, Black people. She exploited a difficult, often sensitive issue within Black communities for her personal gain.

Q: And how does the one-drop rule appear to be used in these cases (i.e. Krug, Dolezal), where it seems to still be serving and benefiting whiteness?

Keleta-Mae: Well, the one-drop rule is designed to benefit whiteness because the rule itself reproduces the absurd idea that Black people are inferior to White people. One of the key things that White supremacy allows is for White people to experience their fantasies of White superiority as everyones everyday life. The cases of Krug and Dolezal suggest that both White women understood their Whiteness to be so superior to Blackness, that they could decide if, when, and to whom they wanted to be Black, and then they deceived the audience by presenting their elaborate performances as the truth. Krug and Dolezal also remind me that White supremacy encourages people to view Black women, in particular, as disposable.

Moyd: The legacies of one-drop rule logics in the United States enabled Krugs (and Dolezals) ability to make false claims to Blackness based on performance of a caricature that gave them opportunities they would not otherwise have had. The one-drop rule created the space for them to perform these caricatures. Its important to remember the context within which the one-drop rule was created: White people constructed it as a way of preserving and bolstering White supremacy. Krugs decision to walk into that space was a purposeful use of a feature of White supremacy for her benefit. For Black people, the one-drop rule meant exclusion. For Krug, it opened access and laid the groundwork for her to commit a form of theft.

Q: Can you also talk briefly about colorism? What it is, and how it seems to work in favor of, and in service to, this kind of deception?

Keleta-Mae: Colorism has had far-reaching economic, social, political and cultural implications and it is a by-product of White supremacist beliefs, insofar as it assigns different values to people based on the shade of their skin most often identifying lightness as superior and darkness as inferior. Generally speaking, Black people with light skin have more access to opportunities than Black people with dark skin, and so it stands to reason that Krug and Dolezal would have benefited, throughout their careers, from the advantages afforded to them by their light skin tone.

Moyd: Colorism is an outcome of our racist society, in which dark skin is demonized and white or light skin is celebrated as an ideal. This means that Black people with lighter hues benefit from being closer, visually, to White people, and this visual proximity often manifests in better socio-economic opportunities and possibilities as well. On the other hand, Black people who have darker skin experience the worst forms of everyday racism. Their specific, understandable frustrations with the constant privileging of lighter-skinned Black folks in our society must be named. As a beneficiary of light-skin privilege myself, I am naming it here. Krug derived the elements of the deception she perpetrated from the colorism that orders our society. She was given the benefit of the doubt in spaces where she did not belong. Black people with darker skin rarely receive such grace. This is certainly true in U.S. academia, where Krug ran her game for so many years.

Krug also specialized in inserting herself into complex identities North African and Afro-Latina that allowed her, within U.S. racial frames, to assert that she was a light-skinned Black woman. It is important to note the particularities of how race operates in the U.S. if we want to understand how Krug maneuvered within a space where the one-drop rule and colorism created certain possibilities for her. And again, these possibilities are more constrained for darker-skinned Black women, who often have to contend with the intersection of anti-Blackness and misogyny in specific ways that others dont.

Q: A number of the subsequent conversations Ive seen online have called for an increase in gatekeeping Blackness; in other words, rejecting the use of the one-drop rule and the way it accepts nearly anyone as Black, and instead maintaining that one must have Black parents and/or unambiguously present and navigate the world around them as a Black person. What would be the usefulness of gatekeeping Blackness in this way?

Keleta-Mae: One of the things that White supremacy does is that it encourages us to scrutinize Black peoples responses to anti-Black racism to assess their viability. Im thinking here of ongoing conversations in the public square about the usefulness and appropriateness of Black peoples participation in labor actions, protests, marches, activist art and more. What can get lost in all of that is the pressing need to assess and end the White supremacist practices that, for example, led to the one-drop rule and that continue to encourage White people to believe that it is acceptable to perform aspects of Black life for their own pleasure whenever, however, and if ever they want to.

Moyd: I understand why some are calling for gatekeeping Blackness as a means of protection against people like Krug and others who seek to benefit from Blackness without assuming its fullness, which in this country, sadly, includes the risk of death, abuse, confinement, gaslighting, disenfranchisement, denial of housing and education, and constant disrespect. The usefulness of such gatekeeping, in theory, would be what gatekeeping is always useful for: creating standards and criteria that determine whether or not someone belongs.

But it is a shame that betrayals by people like Krug or Dolezal may cause Black people to contemplate establishing such boundaries. One of the strengths of Black communities in the U.S. has been their ability to pull together in ordinary times as well as in times of need and danger, based on trust and recognition of shared pasts, and aspirations for just futures.

People like Krug mock these histories by mining them for versions that are devoid of substance, and which are therefore incapable of providing a basis for fostering trust or legitimacy in the communities with whom she claimed affinity. On those grounds alone, she has caused harm.

Many people who identify as Black have experienced moments when their Blackness was questioned. Or they have questioned whether or not they belonged in certain Black spaces. Or they have questioned their credibility as Black people. These insecurities are also a symptom of living in a racist society, and they take up energy that could be used for other, better things. Black people have every right to be circumspect about who they let into their circles. There is ample evidence in this countrys history to demonstrate why. But Krugs shameful appropriation of a Black identity that wasnt hers does not have to lead to heightened distrust based on colorism. Trust can still be built with careful attention to shared histories and futures, and with honest, ethical attention to how mechanisms like colorism do harm to our communities. With or without Krug, we can refuse to knowingly perpetuate the pillars of racism.

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