Back in the late aughts, Miami threatened to take over hip-hop. They had an unlikely leader, a New Orleans-born transplant – of Palestinian origin – named DJ Khaled, a radio DJ who seemed to do little more than shout as loud as he could. But Khaled united a disparate group of southern Florida artists, including Rick Ross, Ace Hood, Plies, and Trick Daddy, not to mention Tallahassee singer T-Pain, Fat Joe (who bought a house in the Miami area) and Lil Wayne, who’d arrived from New Orleans. Bombastic radio hits like We Takin’ Over and I’m So Hood fuelled many emerging careers and coalesced a flashy movement that went well beyond Florida or even the south. The biggest names from all over the country – from Kanye to Kendrick – wanted in. Khaled is still doing his thing. His just-released eighth album, with the all-time-great title I Changed a Lot, debuted at No 12. Meanwhile, Miami’s biggest star, Rick Ross, is scheduled to put out his latest … [Read more...] about Miami heat: has the southern rap giant lost its hip-hop spark?
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The death toll for wildfires raging across Australia's most populous state has risen to four as authorities warned Thursday of worsening weather conditions to come. A body was found late Wednesday in a scorched forest near the town of Kempsey in northeast New South Wales, police said. He is suspected to be a 58-year-old man who lived in a nearby shed and had not been seen since Friday when ferocious wildfires across New South Wales killed three other people and destroyed at least 150 homes. Police have also claimed a teenage boy started a bushfire in central Queensland that incinerated 36 structures including 14 homes. The 16 year old has not been charged with arson, but his case will be dealt with under the state’s Youth Justice Act. The Cobraball fire, west of Yeppoon, is still burning days after being started. About 60 fires were burning around New South Wales on Thursday morning, with 27 uncontained while being battled by more than … [Read more...] about Death toll rises to four in Australian bushfires as 16-year-old accused of deliberately starting blaze
Dr Bruce Hensel, 71 (left in 2012, right in 2017), has been arrested in California after he allegedly requested sexually suggestive photos from a nine-year-old girl An award-winning TV medical correspondent has been arrested for allegedly requesting 'sexually suggestive' images from a nine-year-old girl. Dr Bruce Hensel, who worked for KNBC for almost three decades, was arrested in Santa Monica, California, around 10am Wednesday. Police say they began investigating the 71-year-old after he swapped 'inappropriate' messages and pictures with the girl, who is the daughter of an acquaintance. Detectives allege that Hensel then requested 'sexually suggestive' photos of the girl on or about August 4 this year. Investigators served a search warrant on his home in Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, on October 16. Neighbours told CBS that they saw officers taking away computers during the raid. A woman who spoke to CBS without giving her name said that, despite the raid, Hensel … [Read more...] about Emmy-winning former NBC medical correspondent Dr Bruce Hensel, 71, is arrested for asking his friend’s 9-year-old daughter for ‘sexually suggestive’ photographs
The letter on Wednesday (Clearer green energy targets are needed, 28 August) was quite right in recognising the UK’s lofty ambitions to become one of the cleanest and most innovative energy systems in the world on our path to becoming a net-zero emissions economy by 2050. But I take issue with the suggestion that our ambitions are not matched by our actions. We’re investing £274m to develop cheap, high-performance and durable batteries. We’re removing regulatory barriers to allow more storage facilities across the UK. We’re supporting small-scale localised energy generation through our smart export guarantee – continuing our world-leading support for the solar industry. As members of the EU, we were obliged to implement the VAT increase for solar technology and storage. Once we leave, it may be possible to review this. All of this is supported by upgrades to the country’s energy infrastructure through our smart meter rollout and smart systems … [Read more...] about Climate, green energy and the Amazon fires
He's the kind-hearted pilot whose good manners and even temperament ultimately failed to win over The Bachelorette, Hannah Brown. But having been unveiled as her successor, The Bachelor Peter Weber is soothing his broken heart by throwing himself into filming the show's new season. And on Saturday the commercial pilot unleashed his Top Gun side in a brown leather bomber jacket as he showed off his flying skills to the beauties competing for his heart on their first group date. The Bachelor EXCLUSIVE: Peter Weber unleashes his Top Gun side as pilot dons leather bomber jacket to film new season in California on Saturday Move over Tom Cruise: Looking like a modern Maverick in the classic combo of denim jeans and white T-shirt, the clean-cut Californian grinned as he lived it up at an airport Inspiration? Peter, right, looked to have taken note of Tom Cruise's role in the 1986 movie Looking like a modern Maverick in Tom Cruise's classic combo of denim jeans and white … [Read more...] about The Bachelor EXCLUSIVE: Peter Weber unleashes his Top Gun side as pilot dons leather bomber jacket to film new season