Two members of the Osbourne family are back on TV in an “non-scripted” father-and-son series, Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour, where they go on travel adventures together.
The brand-new travel series takes rock legend Ozzy Osbourne and his son, Jack, to historic sites around the United States and the United Kingdom, including the Alamo, where in 1982 the Black Sabbath rocker famously relieved himself on the Alamo Cenotaph and received a lifetime ban from the city of San Antonio, Texas.
The ban was lifted in 1992 when Osbourne donated $10,000 to Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the group that maintains and manages the Alamo.
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At one point, the duo travels to Roswell, New Mexico on the hunt to spot some UFOs, which Jack is interested in, according to Ozzy.
“Jack’s into UFOs. I’m into it to a certain degree so we went to where the crash was supposed to have happened, and it’s in the middle of f**kin’ nowhere. I said, ‘Let’s just pull off the f**kin’ road’ and they said no; Jack had to go to the exact f**kin’ spot, as if there’s anything there, y’know?” Ozzy told Billboard.
During the course of the hour-long episodes, they visit other places like Mount Rushmore, Stonehenge, the Jamestown Settlement and Sun Studios.
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Reality TV star Jack Osbourne launched a production company, Osbourne Media, and co-produces with Jenny Daly’s T Group Productions, creating unscripted formats and observational documentaries.
Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour is produced for History by T-Group Productions with Osbourne Media.
The 10-episode series premiered on July 24 and airs every Sunday at 10 p.m. on History.
The Prince of Darkness and his son have not starred in a regularly scheduled TV series since MTV’s reality show The Osbournes, which also featured family members Sharon and Kelly Osbourne, which ran for four seasons and ended in 2005.
Ozzy Osbourne resumed a year-long farewell tour with Black Sabbath last month, which includes Sabbath and Slipknot headlining a combined festival — called Ozzfest Meet Knotfest — this September in San Bernardino, Calif.
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Newly elected Toronto city councillor Michael Ford admits the Ford name was instrumental in the 22-year-old’s byelection victory in Etobicoke North on Monday.
“Rob and Doug left a legacy there that I wanted to pick up and continue. I benefited from their hard work in the community and me continuing on that,” Ford said during an interview on Global’s The Morning Show on Wednesday.
The Ward 2 seat was left vacant after former mayor Rob Ford passed away in March following a battle with cancer.
“I’ve been brought up in a family who has been dedicated to public service and giving back to the community. It’s in my blood,” he said.
“I grew up around Rob and Doug and saw what they’ve done for the community. It’s in me.”
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Ford, who previously served as a Toronto District School Board trustee, said he spent the past two and a half months knocking on close to 10,000 doors in an effort to capture the byelection win despite 11 other candidates on the ballot.
“We went into the campaign taking nothing for granted. I had a phenomenal team around me and we knocked on almost every door in the ward,” he said.
Ford said he will bring uncle Rob’s customer service approach to politics along with him to city hall.
“When I went to their door, they said focus on customer service. When we call you, we want you at our door and that’s a commitment I made to them,” he said.
“I also heard about taxes. Keeping the taxes affordable and low for our residents and community investments.”
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They say you never forget your first. L.P. Dumoulin has been racing in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series since 2009 but it wasn’t until 2014 that he earned his first oval track victory, and it came in Saskatoon.
“At that point in the championship we were pretty much at mid-season,” Dumoulin remembered.
“That was telling me, ‘all right, you got a podium in Edmonton, a win in Saskatoon, you’re leading the points.’ To me it meant a lot, saying, ‘Hey, we can win this thing. We can win a championship.’”
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Dumoulin did indeed go on to win the series championship that season. But since then the wins have dried up for the 37-year-old Quebec native, and he’s hoping a return to the Bridge City in this week’s Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 will help kick-start another strong second half run.
“(We’ve had) a lot of challenges, curve balls here and there. But since Toronto, finishing fourth, and second in Edmonton, this week in Saskatoon we want to do very well and keep building on that momentum,” he said.
That means Dumoulin’s team is putting in long hours, with just three days to get his number 47 Dodge ready after a season-best second-place finish in Edmonton on July 23.
“Those guys are just doing a lot of overtime pushing it hard to make it happen. Again, a big challenge but I’ve got the best team to make it happen,” he said.
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But a talented field will be standing in his way, including overall points leader Andrew Ranger and the hottest driver on the circuit right now, Alex Tagliani, who has won the last two events and sits third overall despite starting just five of six races.
They’re joined by Kevin Lacroix, currently in fifth place overall, one point ahead of Dumoulin. The 27-year-old is making his Wyant Group Raceway debut this year.
“People say it’s either the first- or second-nicest track we have on our calendar, so I’m looking forward to racing on it. There’s a lot of room, the track is pretty wide and people seem to love it,” Lacroix said.
Meanwhile 2015 rookie of the year Gary Klutt is looking forward to his second crack at the Saskatoon track.
“I really like this track. I had a lot of fun (last year). We had bad luck last year and broke with 25 (laps) to go passing for third. We were fast here and I’m excited to get back,” Klutt said.
The green flag flies on the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
BALTIMORE – Prosecutors dropped the remaining charges Wednesday against three Baltimore police officers awaiting trial in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing an end to the case without a conviction.
Grey was a black man whose neck was broken while he was handcuffed and shackled but left unrestrained in the back of a police van in April 2015. His death added fuel to the growing Black Lives Matter movement and caused turmoil in Baltimore, including large protests and the worst riots the city had seen in decades.
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The decision by prosecutors comes after a judge had already acquitted three of the six officers charged in the case, including the van driver who the state considered the most responsible and another officer who was the highest-ranking of the group.
A fourth officer had his case heard by a jury, who deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial.
A pretrial hearing had been scheduled Wednesday for Officer Garrett Miller, who had faced assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges, but instead Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow told the judge that prosecutors were dropping the charges against Miller and the rest of the officers.
Prosecutors and defence attorneys quickly left the courtroom without commenting, but both sides planned news conferences later Wednesday.
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After Gray’s death, the U.S. Justice Department launched a patterns and practice investigation into allegations of widespread abuse and unlawful arrests by the Baltimore Police Department. The results of the probe have not been released.
Prosecutors had said Gray was illegally arrested after he ran away from a bike patrol officer and the officers failed to buckle Gray into a seat belt or call a medic when he indicated he wanted to go to a hospital.
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State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby wasted little time in announcing charges after Gray’s death – one day after receiving the police department’s investigation while a tense city was still under curfew – and she did not shy from the spotlight. She posed for magazine photos, sat for TV interviews and even appeared onstage at a Prince concert in Gray’s honour.
Three of the officers who were charged were black and three were white.
A complicated fight that’s dragged on for two years in Fort Macleod came to an end Monday night, as Alberta Municipal Affairs released a report into the operations of the town of Fort Macleod.
The town was given 12 binding directives, including making sure every council and committee meeting is recorded, and any changes to existing bylaws follow proper procedures. There were also 63 recommendations, and that’s not it.
“We’re also going to do an assessment audit,” said Alberta Municpal Affairs Public Affairs Officer Jerry Ward. “That’ll begin in the middle of August and that’s basically to go over their books to make sure they’re doing all the property assessment correctly.”
If the directives aren’t completed, more can be added. The provincial report was ordered following months of turmoil that saw Fort Macleod Mayor Rene Gendre suspended, a lawsuit between the mayor and the town, and finally, a petition organized by local residents.
“The Mayor continued to attend committee meetings and showed disregard and disrespect for the governance actions that were exercised by the Fort Macleod council,” said Alberta Municipal Affairs Inspector Shari-Anne Doolaege.
Municipal Affairs cited a number of situations where improper protocol was used. And though the suspended mayor admits he’s made mistakes, not all of the report sits well.
“The inspectors can’t be all right all the time I think,” suspended mayor Gendre said. “I mean, they’re getting information from a number of different sources.”
According to municipal affairs, this is the 17th municipal inspection performed in the last nine years. This report is an indictment of the town’s leadership, but council just hopes they can start earning back the community’s faith.
“I only ask, hope that together that we can build trust and that they would see their council can be trusted and we can work together as a team,” said Fort Macleod Deputy Mayor Brent Feyter.
Gendre’s suspension was renewed two weeks ago, and will be up for another vote at Fort Macleod council no earlier than December 31, unless council decides to review it before then.
The full 167 page report can be accessed on the Fort Macleod town website.
BLANTYRE, Malawi – Malawi police on Tuesday arrested a man who said he was hired by families to have sex with more than 100 young women, including children, in what was described as ritual cleansing.
President Peter Mutharika ordered the arrest of Eric Aniva, who told local and international media he had been paid to have sex with young girls. Aniva also told the media he was HIV-positive.
Aniva was charged with multiple cases of defilement, Malawi Police Inspector General Lexten Kachama told The Associated Press.
“Out of the many women he had sex with, most of them were under-aged children,” Kachama said.
In interviews, Aniva claimed to be a paid sex worker, known as a “hyena,” hired by families and village elders in southern Malawi to have sex with young girls once they reach puberty as a form of ritual cleansing.
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In a statement, Malawi’s president said it is unacceptable to commit such violations under the guise of culture.
Mutharika said that since the accused said he does not use protection in “his evil acts,” he should be investigated for exposing young girls to HIV and “further be charged accordingly.”
The president also ordered police to investigate all men and parents involved in what he called “this shocking malpractice.”
A Malawi human rights lawyer, Chrispine Sibande, commended the president for the gesture but said arresting Aniva is not enough.
“The practice is very rampant in some of parts of the country,” Sibande said, urging a broader effort to end it.
There’s no question smartphones are becoming an important part of our society, but at what age should your child join the smartphone club?
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Jesse Weinberger is an Ohio-based internet safety instructor and says that between a child’s lack of maturity and impulse control and all of the mature content available, kids aren’t typically ready for a smartphone until high school.
“When you give your child a smartphone, you are giving them the keys to the kingdom. You’re giving them the keys to reach anything that exists in the internet,” Weinberger said.
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Weinberger recommends when a child does have a smartphone, parents look into parental controls, limiting screen time and keeping phones out of bedrooms at night. She also stresses the need to lay out expectations with a contract.
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WASHINGTON – For the past decade, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan has quietly spent a growing number of his days living with his 90-year-old mother in a gated community in Williamsburg, Virginia. On Wednesday, a judge finalized John Hinckley Jr.’s transition to freedom, ordering that Hinckley can permanently leave the psychiatric hospital where he was confined after the assassination attempt.
The order, which cannot be appealed, has been in the works for years, despite opposition by prosecutors, who sought numerous restrictions on Hinckley’s freedom, most of which were agreed to by Judge Paul Friedman. Hinckley could leave St. Elizabeths Hospital as early as Aug. 5.
Hinckley, now 61, was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the March 30, 1981, shooting fueled by his obsession with the movie “Taxi Driver” and its teenage star, Jodie Foster. He used a pawn-shop revolver to fire six shots at Reagan, the president’s aides and his protective detail outside a Washington hotel, wounding the president and three others.
Doctors have said for many years that Hinckley’s mental illness was in remission, and Friedman concurred in his ruling. Hinckley was a “profoundly troubled 25-year-old young man” when he shot Reagan, the judge wrote, but has not exhibited symptoms of major depression or a psychotic disorder for more than 27 years.
“Mr. Hinckley, by all accounts, has shown no signs of psychotic symptoms, delusional thinking, or any violent tendencies,” Friedman wrote. “The court finds that Mr. Hinckley has received the maximum benefits possible in the inpatient setting (and) that inpatient treatment is no longer clinically warranted or beneficial.”
Hinckley was first allowed to leave St. Elizabeths in 2003 to visit his parents in Washington, and he began staying with them at their Williamsburg home overlooking a golf course in 2006. For the past two-plus years, he has been allowed to spend 17 days a month with his mother.
Many of the restrictions attached to Hinckley’s temporary release will remain in place. He must attend individual and group therapy sessions and is barred from talking to the media. He can drive alone, but only within a 30-mile radius of Williamsburg, and the Secret Service will periodically follow him.
He also must return to Washington once a month so doctors can check on his mental state.
He will have to reside with his mother for a year. After that, he can live on his own, with roommates or in a group home in the Williamsburg area. If his mother is unable to monitor him in another setting, his brother or sister, both of whom live in the Dallas area, have agreed to stay with him until other arrangements are made. Hinckley’s father died in 2008.
The government could not persuade the judge to order Hinckley to wear an electronic ankle bracelet and install a tracking device on his car.
Hinckley’s longtime attorney, Barry Levine, said he and his client were gratified by the order, and that Hinckley has thrived under his new liberties.
“Mr. Hinckley recognizes that what he did was horrific. But it’s crucial to understand that what he did was not an act of evil,” Levine said in a statement. “It was an act caused by mental illness, an illness from which he no longer suffers.”
Reagan’s press secretary, James Brady, suffered debilitating injuries in the attack and died in 2014. Also wounded were police Officer Thomas Delahanty and Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy.
Hinckley will be barred from trying to contact Foster, Delahanty, McCarthy or any of his victim’s families.
Reaction to his release was mixed.
The late president’s son, Michael Reagan, tweeted that others should forgive Hinckley the way his father did. But Reagan’s daughter, Patti Davis, wrote on Facebook that “forgiving someone in your heart doesn’t (mean) that you let them loose in Virginia to pursue whatever dark agendas they may still hold dear.”
The foundation that honours Reagan’s legacy said Hinckley should remain in custody, noting his responsibility for Brady’s death, which was later ruled a homicide. Prosecutors declined to charge Hinckley with murder, in part because they would be barred from arguing he was sane at the time of the shootings.
“We believe John Hinckley is still a threat to others and we strongly oppose his release,” the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute said in a statement.
McCarthy, now the police chief of the Chicago suburb of Orland Park, says he is a bit perturbed he didn’t get a notification of the judge’s decision and hopes it’s the right one.
Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, declined to offer an opinion on Hinckley’s release but used the occasion to call for background checks for all gun sales, which Reagan supported. He noted in a statement that it would be “just as easy” for a would-be assassin to buy a gun today as it was for Hinckley.
Some of his mother’s neighbours in Williamsburg have long been wary of Hinckley.
Tom Campbell, who lives in the same gated community, has seen him strolling on a nearby walking trail.
“From a mental illness perspective, I just have some reluctance about having him roam free like this,” said Campbell, 77, a retired manager at NASA. “How can he be allowed to roam the streets as if nothing happened?”
His wife, Mary Margaret Campbell, added: “I don’t think a lot of these mental illness issues go away. One never knows what a mentally ill person will do.”
In an April 2015 story , The Associated Press delved into Hinckley’s attempts to integrate himself into the gated Kingsmill community and greater Williamsburg area. The story noted that he wore a visor or cap over his greying hair when he drove around the city in a Toyota Avalon, going to movies and eating at fast-food restaurants. It also found that he plays guitar, paints and cares for feral cats.
Hinckley, for his part, has been frustrated at times by people’s reaction to him. According to court records, many of his attempts to do volunteer work have been rebuffed, although he has volunteered at a church and a local mental hospital. He also has applied for jobs at Starbucks and Subway, without success, saying he was dismayed by having the Secret Service tail him as he sought employment.
“It made me feel awkward and uncomfortable,” he said.
But he said he also enjoyed meeting people outside St. Elizabeths, noting of his group therapy sessions: “It’s really refreshing to be in a group with people who aren’t completely out of their minds.”
Prosecutors cited what they called a history of deceptive behaviour in arguing against more freedom for Hinckley. In July 2011, prosecutors said, Hinckley was supposed to go see a movie and instead went to a bookstore, where Secret Service agents saw him looking at shelves that contained books about Reagan and the assassination attempt, though he didn’t pick any of them up.
Some of the conditions of Hinckley’s leave could be eliminated or reduced within 12 to 18 months, but he still could be taken back to the hospital if he violates the remaining conditions.
Reagan died in 2004 at age 93.
Cliff and Louise Johnson locked an engraved padlock on a small piece of fence by Henderson Lake in October to mark their 30th wedding anniversary.
“I said, I’ve got one thing I’ve got to do sweetheart, we parked and we walked along,” said Cliff Johnson. “We put our lock on the fence and we locked our love forever.”
It has been 10 months since the couple locked their love on the fence and just last month, on a bike ride, Cliff noticed that their lock, along with 60 other locks had been removed from the fence.
The fence is located on a quiet path along Henderson Lake, and for over five years, lovers’, young and old, have come to the fence to hang a symbol lock.
A spokesperson for the City of Lethbridge said they received complaints about the locks being unsightly and removed more than 60 of them from the fence that borders the Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden.
“When our lock went missing we said we can track these down somehow,” Louise Johnson said.
Recognizing the significance of the locks, the city did not throw them out; instead they gave them to Cliff and Louise. The Johnsons have now made it their mission to reunite the locks with their lovers.
“They’re not going to be thrown out,” said Louise. “Someone is going to have them.”
Like love itself, the Johnson’s efforts have taken time, with 62 locks still unclaimed. The couple is hopeful that soon there will be a new home for the locks of love in Lethbridge. The city has been working to try to find a proper spot where lovers can hang the symbolic locks.
Cliff and Louise are hopeful that they will reunite the locks with their rightful owners. If you think you may have a lock that was cut, and you would like it to be returned, you can visit the Locks of Love Lethbridge Facebook page.