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Meghan Markle: Dozens of female MPs sign open letter to Duchess of Sussex condemning press coverage



The parliamentarians, from across the political spectrum, said they supported her in “taking a stand against the often distasteful and misleading nature of the stories printed in a number of our national newspapers concerning you, your character and your family.”

Stories and headlines had sometimes “sought to cast aspersions about your character, without any good reason as far as we can see,” the letter added.

“Even more concerning still, we are calling out what can only be described as outdated, colonial undertones to some of these stories,” the MPs continued, adding that this could not “be allowed to go unchallenged.”

They added that they shared “an understanding of the abuse and intimidation” used against women in public-facing positions.

The signatories include the Labour MPs Jess Phillips, Stella Creasy and Holly Lynch, Conservative MPs Tracey Crouch and Antoinette Sandbach, Layla Moran of the Liberal Democrats and Joan Ryan of Change UK. In total, they account for more than one-third of the 208 women in the House of Commons.

Lynch posted the letter on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, writing that women MPs from all parties had put aside their differences “to stand in solidarity with the Duchess of Sussex.”

The MPs rounded off their letter by calling on the press to respect an individual’s right to privacy and to stop “seeking to tear down a woman down for no apparent reason.”

Their comments come after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke of the strain press coverage was causing them in an ITV documentary earlier this month.

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Meghan said that she had really tried to adopt a “stiff upper lip” attitude, but confessed that it was “internally … probably really damaging”.

Both Harry and Meghan have recently brought legal proceedings against British newspapers.

At the start of October, Harry started legal action against the owners of The Sun and The Mirror for alleged phone hacking dating back to the early 2000s. Meanwhile, Meghan is suing The Mail of Sunday for publishing a private letter she had sent to her father.
Hillary Clinton recently criticized the “inexplicable” treatment of Meghan by British media. In an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine published on October 13, Clinton said she believed Meghan’s mixed race heritage was “certainly part of it,” adding: “If the explanation is that she’s biracial, then shame on everybody.”

The couple are currently on a six-week break from royal duties.

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Bite of Bandon coming March 7 | Entertainment



BANDON — The Bite of Bandon will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Bandon Community Center/The Barn.

The Bite of Bandon is the Bandon Community Youth Center’s largest fundraiser, with proceeds going to help sustain and grow the youth programs. This 21-and-over event has both silent and live auctions, a raffle as well as 17-20 restaurants providing “bites” for attendees to try. Participants will be given tokens to vote for “Best Display”, “Best Savory Bite,” and “Best Sweet Bite.”

Participating restaurants and purveyors include: A Little Bite International Cuisine, Alloro Wine Bar & Restaurant, Broken Anchor, Edgewaters Restaurant, Farm & Sea on the Waterfront, Jen’s Joint, Lloyd’s Tavern and Smokehouse, Lord Bennett’s, Raven Saltwater Grille, Ray’s Food Place Deli, The Fam Productions Catering, The Fleet Deli, The Rolling Pin Bake and Brew and The Beverage Barn. 

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How malls look to entertainment centers for survival: Report



As e-commerce rises and brick-and-mortar stores close, malls are turning to entertainment centers to keep themselves afloat, according to a new report.

On a smaller scale, that has meant hosting special events, exercise classes and pop-up shops in empty stores, Curbed reported on Tuesday.

On a larger scale, some malls are hoping to make entertainment centers their main attraction as opposed to retail, according to the real estate website.


“Mall developers are trying to use entertainment and restaurants as the new anchor tenants,” Randy White, CEO of consulting firm White Hutchinson Leisure & Learning Group told Curbed. “Today, it’s about real-life socialization. Potential shoppers can have all the digital entertainment experiences at home.”

One of the biggest examples of malls focusing on entertainment first and retail second is the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, N.J., Curbed reported.

The 3 million-square-foot mega-mall includes an indoor ski slope, an ice skating rink and a Nickelodeon theme park. It will also have outlet-style retailers and higher-end brands when it opens fully later this year, according to Curbed.


In Las Vegas, shopping center Area 15 will have — among other shops and entertainment centers — an immersive, interactive “experience” by Meow Wolf, an arts and entertainment group based in Santa Fe, N.M.

The group, which started as an arts collective, previously transformed a Santa Fe bowling alley into an arts installation called House of Eternal Return with “neon plants, secret rooms, spider-like statues and non-linear storytelling”  in 2016, Curbed reported.

On a smaller scale, malls have looked to attractions such as Legoland Discovery Center, Crayola Experience and Andretti Go Karting to bring in traffic — though that hasn’t always translated to more sales, according to Curbed.

Malls are looking more towards entertainment — rather than retail — to bring in more traffic, Curbed reported Tuesday.


The website reported that malls are also considering esports and virtual reality entertainment companies to fill the gaps.

According to Curbed, Allied Esports Entertainment has made deals with both Brookfield and Simon to open facilities for gamers with consoles, broadcast and streaming capabilities, according to a report from BisNow.

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However, there is a danger in malls relying too heavily on entertainment centers for traffic — much like how food halls have become almost too prevalent, Curbed reported.

“Six years ago, we had 30 or 40 food halls across the country,” Naveen Jaggi, president of retail advisory services for JLL told Curbed. “We predict that by 2024, there will be roughly 450. There’s certainly a risk at that point of being overbuilt, leading to cannibalization.”


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Los Angeles City Council bans use of wild, exotic animals for entertainment



LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to ban the use of exotic animals for entertainment purposes, effectively putting an end to traditional circuses and similar ventures within the city.

“The issue of wild, exotic animals being abused came to my doorstep four years ago, when a baby giraffe and elephant were being marched up the Hollywood Hills for a house party,” said Councilman David Ryu. “It is time that the city of Los Angeles makes absolutely clear that this abuse of animals is shameful, and we will not stand for it.”

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The ban, which was passed on a 14-0 vote, also prohibits people from riding wild and exotic animals or using them in other entertainment purposes, whether a fee is charged or not.

The ban does not apply to typically domesticated animals such as horses.

Wildlife conservationists who obtain applicable permits and the Los Angeles Zoo, which exhibit animals for educational purposes but do not require them to perform tricks, are exempt from the ban.

It’s the strongest city ordinance in the nation that protects wild and exotic animals, according to Ryu.

According to the councilman, exotic animals such as elephants, giraffes and lions have been brought to lavish house parties in the Hollywood Hills for years.

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