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See films in person at Antioch’s El Campanil Theatre

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El Campanil Theatre will relaunch its Classic Film Series on Saturday afternoons beginning Nov. 7. The series was halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but now that Contra Costa County has entered the “red” zone of COVID-19 regulations, movie theaters will be allowed to reopen with limited capacity.

“We only wanted to do this if we could make absolutely certain we could keep patrons and staff safe,” theater manager Joel Roster said. “That has been our only aim since this pandemic exploded. Luckily, with the sheer size of our venue, we can seat a maximum of 100 patrons comfortably and safely.”

The venue, built in 1928 primarily as a vaudeville and performing arts touring house, boasts 640 seats, which have been meticulously replanned by Roster and Executive Director Rick Carraher to space out 100 people with more than 6 feet of personal distance between parties.

“It has been a

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  • October 10, 2020
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My Best Friend’s Bouquet: Where It’s Filmed & Meet the Cast


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Hallmark is premiering a new fall movie on Saturday, October 10, 2020 called My Best Friend’s Bouquet. The movie stars Chaley Rose and Nathan Witte. Read on to learn all about the cast in the Hallmark film and where it was filmed. This article may have very minor spoilers in terms of photos and behind-the-scenes pictures.

If you’d like to discuss this movie after you see it or stay updated on Hallmark news, join us in the Hallmark Movies Facebook group. 

My Best Friend’s Bouquet first premieres on October 10 at 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central. To find out what channel Hallmark is on for you, click here to go to TV Guide’s listings. Then change the “Provider” (right under TV Listings) to your local provider. You’ll be able to scroll down to see what channel Hallmark is on for you.

After the premiere, the movie will

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  • October 10, 2020
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Woman files ADA lawsuits in Maine as ‘tester’ of compliance

A disabled Florida woman paid a virtual visit to Maine and left a trail of lawsuits in her wake. Six to be exact.

Deborah Laufer is described in the federal lawsuits as a “tester” for the purpose of asserting her civil rights and ensuring that places of public accommodation comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Her six lawsuits in Maine are among hundreds she has filed in more than a dozen states.

Her lawsuits contend lodging establishments and their online booking services failed to identify accessible rooms, provide an option for booking an accessible room, and provide sufficient information about accessible features.

She contended they discriminated against her by failing to ensure that she could enjoy the same experience as those without disabilities.

Laufer didn’t actually stay at any of the properties, at least not in Maine. She visited the websites or third-party online booking sites for properties including

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  • October 10, 2020
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Duke overcomes turnovers, beats Syracuse 38-24

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Duke coach David Cutcliffe did what he expected to do after that elusive first win — he danced with his team in a locker room full of joy.

Chase Brice threw for two touchdowns, Mataeo Durant rushed for 163 yards and two more scores, and Deon Jackson rushed for a career-high 169 yards as Duke held off Syracuse 38-24 on Saturday.

Duke (1-4, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) won despite three lost fumbles and an interception, but Syracuse (1-3, 1-3) only turned the mistakes into seven points. The Blue Devils entered the game with 15 turnovers, the most in the nation, while Syracuse was second nationally in turnovers gained with 10.

“I think we all have been waiting for that moment,” Cucliffe said afterward. “I can’t tell you the joy in my heart. There was a lot of emotion in that locker room. It’s a difficult time.

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  • October 10, 2020
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Everyone on Twitter Hates This ‘Female Empowerment’ Hotel

Obviously, the way to show you care about women is through tampon art. No, it’s cocktail drink names. No, no, I got it—it’s by hiring a man for a central leadership position.

This is all true of a Hotel Zena, a renovated downtown D.C. hotel that markets itself as a place “dedicated to female empowerment.”

Suffice to say—people on Twitter are not having it. They’ve accused the hotel of performative empowerment. In addition to hiring a man for the prominent executive chef role, the hotel uses language that excludes non-binary and genderfluid people, as Jes Skolnik, senior editor of Bandcamp Daily pointed out in a tweet.

Skolnik described Zena as a TERF—trans-exclusionary radical feminist—hotel when referencing this line from the viral Eater article that prompted online critique:

“All of the 60 art pieces on-site were painted, photographed, sculpted, or stitched by ‘feminists of both genders around the globe fighting for

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  • October 10, 2020
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Lakers didn’t like calls, but NBA says they were right ones

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA said Saturday that two calls that sent Jimmy Butler to the line in the final minute of Game 5 of the NBA Finals held up in the league’s customary review of close games.

The calls the Lakers’ took issue with came with 46.7 seconds left and 16.8 seconds remaining, the first one charged to Markieff Morris and the other charged to Anthony Davis. Butler made all four free throws on those plays, and the Heat won 111-108 to extend the series to Game 6 on Sunday.

“I felt two bad calls at the end put Butler to the line, you know, and that’s unfortunate in a game of this magnitude,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said after the game. “Anthony Davis has a perfect verticality, should be a play on. And the time before that, Markieff Morris has his hands on the ball,

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  • October 10, 2020
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The Day – In New London, houses of worship have long history of activism

New London — In the spring of 2018, amid a national conversation splitting communities into pro- and anti-immigration camps, residents carrying “New London stands with immigrants” signs packed the City Council chambers here. Ultimately, the council adopted a resolution supporting the city’s undocumented immigrant community.

In this city that prides itself on acceptance of a diverse population, the idea to codify such support for undocumented immigrants grew out of action taken by the New London County Clergy Association.

“Faith is actionable,” the Rev. Ranjit K. Mathews, rector of St. James Episcopal Church, said in a recent interview about his church’s social activism in the city. He also is active in the clergy association. “The Holy Family were refugees,” he said.

Immigration advocacy is just one of a host of social justice issues in which the city’s many faith communities play a pivotal role. These communities represent the diversity of the

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  • October 10, 2020
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News Updates: Pelosi Rejects White House’s $1.8 Billion Covid Relief Package

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.


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Here’s what you need to know about the impact of Covid-19, Hurricane Delta, and more ahead of the coming trading week.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday rejected the White House’s latest $1.8 trillion coronavirus relief package, saying in a letter to colleagues that a key concern was “the absence of any response on a strategic plan to crush the virus.” Pelosi said she remained hopeful that a deal could be reached, but called the White House offer “one step forward, two steps back.” Even if the Trump administration and Democrats reach a deal, many Senate Republicans oppose another major round of aid, The Wall Street Journal reported, making passing a new deal quickly difficult.

Still, stocks may not need the impetus of a stimulus bill right now. While stimulus headlines were cited for many of the stock

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  • October 10, 2020
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36th annual hunger walk slated Oct. 18 | News

NORMAN – The Cleveland County CROP Hunger Walk will host its 36th annual charity walk to stop hunger with both virtual and in-person options to participate on Sunday, Oct. 18. In-person walkers, who are asked to social distance and wear masks, will gather at assigned times between 1:30 and 4 p.m. at Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws.

CROP – Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty – is a charity walk that raises money and awareness to fight hunger locally and globally. Proceeds support the international development, refugee assistance and disaster relief efforts of Church World Service and the local hunger-fighting work of Food and Shelter Inc. in Norman.

“As vulnerable people in our community and around the world face even greater challenges this year because of COVID-19, we are inviting citizens of Cleveland County to help us raise $20,000 or more to respond,” said CROP Walk Co-Chair Brenda Wheelock. “Our theme

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  • October 10, 2020
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Strictly’s Jacqui Smith says old pal Ed Balls has been on the phone with advice

Jacqui Smith says she’s not going to Balls up her Strictly Come Dancing chance thanks to advice from her pal Ed.

She says her former Labour colleague Ed Balls, 53, has been on hand to share tips from his time on the BBC series.

He left his mark on the 2016 competition with his unforgettable routine to song Gangham Style – and Jacqui’s hoping she’ll do the same.

“I’m not sure I’ll be going for high technical skill but Ed Balls called me when it was announced that I was going to be on the show and gave me some brilliant advice,” told former MP Jaqcui – who was the country’s first female Home Secretary.

“No-one can compete with Ed’s ‘Gangnam Style’ but he said to me, actually embrace it and really go for it and try hard and I promise you that is what I’m going to do.”

At

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  • October 10, 2020