March 2017

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Texas House Democrat signals bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018

(CNN)Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, signaled that he’s planning to challenge Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday, setting up a longshot bid against the former Republican presidential candidate seeking re-election in 2018. “I think that national profile highlights the fact that he’s been running for president for four years while he should have been serving the

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Academy bans cellphones for PwC accountants after Oscars fiasco

After the biggest flub in Oscars history saw La La Land wrongly named best picture, accounting firm in charge of balloting faces new backstage protocols PwC accountants will not be allowed to have their cellphones backstage during future Oscar telecasts. Film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs sent an email to academy members Wednesday detailing the

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Ronaldo or bust: social media give statue of footballer a black eye

Online commenters were ruthless in enjoying a moment when the Real Madrid star looked, well, less than perfect It was supposed to be an honour befitting of an example of excellence, the four-time footballer of the year who led Portugal to victory in last years European Championship. Instead, the bronze bust commemorating Cristiano Ronaldos new

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Cannes film festival accused of airbrushing star Claudia Cardinale

Festivals 70th anniversary poster features a young Cardinale, whose waist has been narrowed and thighs made slimmer The official poster for this years Cannes film festival has been criticised after Italian actor Claudia Cardinale appeared to have been airbrushed to make her look thinner. French media poured scorn on the festival for seemingly tampering with

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Arthur Blythe, acclaimed jazz musician, dies aged 76

Blythe was at the vanguard of jazz in the 1970s, when his Lenox Avenue Breakdown album from 1979 described as a masterpiece Arthur Blythe, the jazz musician and composer who was a key part of the genres experimentation in the 70s alongside the likes of Don Cherry, has died at the age of 76. A

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Cash cuts 'threaten school standards', say MPs - BBC News

‘Whitehall plans’ The highly critical report says the Department for Education must not be “deaf to the experiences of head teachers” who have been complaining of cuts to staff and services. “Grand plans drawn up in Whitehall are dangerous if they are implemented without regard to real-world consequences, and we will expect to see measures