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Miss Manners: She called our wedding plans tacky and made us change them

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My fiancee (now wife) and I wanted to have a potluck wedding reception, where instead of bringing gifts, the guests would bring a dish and share the recipe. The wedding was being hosted at my mother-in-law’s house — my wife’s decision, as she wanted to be married under a particular tree. My MIL refused to let us do the potluck idea, saying it was tacky. This has been bothering me, because it feels like she took something from us that we will never be able to have. Would the potluck reception have been a faux pas as she believes, or is it acceptable? GENTLE READER: Being a guest and being a caterer are worthy, but different, pursuits. Related Articles Miss Manners: What can I say to a customer’s unwanted comment? Miss Manners:

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Neymar branded ‘trash’ by Marseille’s Alvaro Gonzales after PSG win Trophee des Champions

Neymar has been embroiled in running feud with Marseille’s Alvaro Gonzalez (Picture: Getty)Neymar and Alvaro Gonazalez continued their ongoing feud with an ugly exchange on social media after PSG beat Marseille in last night’s Trophee des Champions final. The pair first clashed back in September when the Brazilian superstar was sent-off for slapping the Spanish defender in the back of the head. Making his return after a month out of action as a second-half substitute, Neymar helped secure the first silverware of new manager Mauricio Pochettino’s reign with the decisive goal in a 2-1 win. After the game, Neymar tagged his rival, whom he accused of racism following the initial incident, in a post celebrating PSG’s victory. Gonzalez, who avoided additional punishment from the...

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Armie Hammer leaves star-studded TV series Gaslit as he calls DM allegations ‘bulls***’

Hammer quietly left the cast of Gaslit (Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for BFI)Armie Hammer reportedly left the star-studded cast of Gaslit, weeks before a social media scandal involving alleged disturbing DMs attributed to the actor. The 34-year-old has confirmed he has left the Jennifer Lopez movie Shotgun Wedding, while calling the allegations made against him ‘bulls***’. And, according to Deadline, Hammer ‘quietly’ dropped out of the upcoming UCP series Gaslit, which is set to star Julia Roberts, Sean Penn and Joel Edgerton, several weeks ago. Hammer was attached to Gaslit in February 2020, ad was set to play White House counsel John Dean in the series described as a modern take on the Watergate scandal that focuses on the untold stories of some of the forgotten chara

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2 carjackings reported in Hyde Park

Two carjackings were reported Jan. 13 in Hyde Park on the South Side. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times fileIn each incident two to four men approached a woman sitting in her vehicle, Chicago police said in a community alert. Police are warning residents of a pair of carjackings reported Wednesday in Hyde Park on the South Side. In each incident, a group of men approached a woman sitting in her vehicle, showed a handgun and demanded she get out, before driving away, Chicago police said in a community alert. The first carjacking happened about 3:15 a.m. in the 1600 block of East 50th Place and the second about 6:50 p.m. in the 1400 block of East 55th Street. The men are believed to be between 16 and 22-years-old, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Area One detectives at...

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Dear Abby: My husband is retired, and he still can’t handle my fix-it list

DEAR ABBY: My husband of 49 years is fighting me left and right about finding someone to help around our house. Jeanne Phillips He is stubborn. He has tunnel vision and a one-track mind, and he doesn’t want anyone to assist him in anything. If I hire someone, he always has a negative comment about that person’s workmanship. He’s retired after working 44 years and thinks life will wait for him to complete any task, even if it takes another 49 years. I need help with his “I can handle it” attitude while everything stays on hold until he can get to it. NEEDS IT YESTERDAY IN MICHIGAN Related Articles Dear Abby: I’m a young wife with a big anger problem Dear Abby: He gets high, our teens get high, and I’m furious Dear Abby:

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Mikel Arteta speaks out on Arsenal outcast Shkodran Mustafi’s future amid Barcelona links

Arteta spoke out on Mustafi’s future (Picture: Getty Images)Shkodran Mustafi has been left out in the cold this season but Mikel Arteta has no immediate plans to sell him in the January transfer window. The Germany international’s contract expires in the summer and he can walk away on a free transfer at the end of the season. He has struggled to hold a place in the side down since a hamstring injury ruled him out of last season’s FA Cup final and has featured just three times from the bench in the Premier League this term. Despite his lack of game time, Mustafi has remarkably been linked with a shock move to Barcelona this month – and his agent confirmed he’d held talks with the Catalan giants at the end of December. However, Arteta is not planning on offloading the centre-...

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WWE NXT: Rascalz become MSK as Nash Carter and Wes Lee debut in Dusty Cup

The Artists Formerly Known As The Rascalz (Photo: WWE)Former IMPACT Wrestling stars The Rascalz debuted as MSK on WWE NXT this week. The duo of Nash Carter and Wes Lee – who were known as Zachary Wentz and Dezmond Xavier before their move – made their first appearance for Triple H’s black and gold brand on Wednesday night as part of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. They appeared as surprised entrants into the match (even if many fans had already figured it out) and defeated the pairing of Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott and Jake Atlas with a lifted flipping neckbreaker. In the next round, they’ll battle the winner of Killian Dain and Drake Maverick vs. Curt Stallion and August Grey as MSK look to advance and make their mark on the tournament and division as a whole. Elsewhere in the op

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Drunk plane passenger made Nazi salute in front of Holocaust victims

Louis Mann, 28, launched into a rant of religious and racist abuse on the plane (Picture: Liverpool Echo)A passenger who launched into a tirade of religious and racist abuse on a plane and gave a Nazi salute has avoided jail. Louis Mann, 28, had travelled from Warsaw in Poland to John Lennon Airport in Liverpool when he spouted the horrific rant in front of Holocaust victims. One person, who filmed the incident, said he was left ‘shaken’, ‘shocked’ and ‘disgusted’. Liverpool Crown Court was told how Mann was a medical student studying in Poland, had mental health difficulties and had been groomed by far-right extremists. Prosecutor Zillah Williams said: ‘The defendant was a passenger on a Wizz Air flight from Poland, Warsaw, to Liverpool on October 19, 2019. ‘The flight arri

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Severe weather warning as blizzards to bring 30cm of snow

A woman braves a blizzard in Consett, County Durham, as the snow continues to fall this morning (Picture: North News)Heavy snow and freezing rain is set to batter the UK this week with Brits warned for power cuts and travel delays. Up to 30cm of snow could fall in Scotland, while parts of northern England could see around 20cm. The Met Office has issued an amber snow warning for these areas, with forecasters warning that some roads may be affected by deep snow. This could leave vehicles stranded, while there is a ‘good chance’ that some rural communities could become cut off. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Amber and yellow alerts for snow and ice are...

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4 shot, 1 fatally, Wednesday in Chicago

Four people were shot, one fatally, Jan. 13, 2020, in Chicago. | Sun-Times fileA 25-year-old man was fatally shot in the 11900 block of South State Street. Four people were shot, one of them fatally, Wednesday in Chicago including a 25-year-old man who was killed in a shooting in West Pullman on the Far South Side, police said. The man was on the sidewalk about 1:10 p.m. in the 11900 block of South State Street, when he heard shots and felt pain, Chicago police said. He was struck in the chest, back and face area. He was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t released details on his death. In non-fatal shootings, two 14-year-old boys were shot in Humboldt Park on the Northwest Side. The boys...

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10 things in tech you need to know today

Summary List PlacementGood morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings. Facebook tracked a rise in violent rhetoric. Signals Facebook flagged ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration included digital flyers promoting future protest, some of them featuring calls to arms or the insignia of militias or hate groups. Intel's CEO is stepping down. VMWare CEO Pat Gelsinger will take up his role. Signal downloads are skyrocketing. After WhatsApp said it would begin sharing more data with Facebook, the alternative messaging app shot to the top of app stores. GPS data showed the US Capito...

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Ryan Adams ‘cleared of sexting underage fan’ following FBI investigation

Ryan Adams was the subject of an investigation (Picture: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)Ryan Adams was reportedly cleared of sending sexual messages to an underage fan following an FBI investigation. In February 2019, a New York Times report accused the musician of being ‘manipulative, obsessive and controlling’, with seven women coming forward with allegations. Among these women were his ex-wife and This Is Us star Mandy Moore, singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, and a now 20-year-old fan who alleged that she exchanged sexual messages with Adams when she was underage. It was reported after the allegations broke that the FBI’s Crimes Against Children Squad had opened an investigation and were attempting to reach out to the fan, known only as Ava, to obtain some of the 3,000 messages she a

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Survivor: Palau star Angie Jakusz dies aged 40 after battle with rare colon cancer

Angie Jakusz has died aged 40 (Picture: Getty)Survivor: Palau star Angie Jakusz has died aged 40 after a battle with cancer. The former reality contestant, who appeared in the 10th season of the CBS show, was diagnosed with a rare form of colon cancer in November 2017. Angie died on January 8, with People reporting that a graveside service was held for her in Louisiana on Wednesday. She is survived by her husband on nine years, Steven Calandra, parents, brother, niece and nephew. Angie appeared on Survivor: Palau in 2005 when she was 25-years-old. The show saw contestants stranded in a remote location with only the bare essentials with a $1million (£733,000) prize fund at stake.   At the time of her appearance on the series, Angie was working as a bartender. Angie (fa...

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