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L.A. County Sheriff’s Department switches from silver to gold belt buckles at a cost of $300,000
By Maya Lau

Sheriff’s officials are spending $300,000 on items they say would make deputies look more professional in their jobs and could help make them safer.

But the taxpayer dollars won’t go toward tools such as higher-quality ballistic vests, backup guns or body cameras, all of which are optional items that deputies have to pay for on their own.

Instead, Sheriff Jim McDonnell is spending the money on a minor cosmetic makeover of deputies’ uniforms: changing the color of their belt buckles and other metal pieces of gear from silver to gold. 

The agency is facing a chronic staff shortage and a recurring budget deficit.

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When media starring POC are constantly under-valued and ignored, it’s business as usual.

But the mere thought of a film with an all-white cast losing to a moving staring black people means that it’s a sham?

If your first thought whenever POC are successful is about how undeserved that success or acclaim is - you’re racist and are working to defend and uphold system of racism.

Seriously though, look at how success for POC is automatically coded and interpreted as something being STOLEN from white people.

White entitlement is real, pervasive and covert. 

La la land received 14 Academy Award nominations & broke records for the amount of Golden Globes received by one film. It has already received so much acclaim considering it is has an overwhelmingly white cast in a movie WITH JAZZ as the backdrop - yet that isn’t enough because whiteness cannot possibly allow it to be outshine by Moonlight.

How are things going with your next HBO comedy, your mockumentary on doping in cycling, “The Tour De Pharmacy”?

They’re going wonderfully. I’m actually at the office editing today. We’re really excited. I think we’re looking at this summer. I don’t think HBO has decided officially yet, so I’m not making any announcements, but I’m hoping that is what happens. It’s coming along. It’s really funny. We’ve got a crazy cast, once again.

There are five primary cyclists. There’s Orlando Bloom, there’s Daveed Diggs, there’s John Cena, there’s Freddie Highmore and there’s me. Three of those five are very good at cycling. I’m not going to say who the two are that aren’t as good, but they might be the last two.

Was there a lot of training for it? Or at least a spin class to break the ice?

No. I mean, Orlando is actually someone who cycles in his spare time. James Marsden is also in it, he plays the part of a reporter, and he also has done a lot of like semi-professional cycling. The two of them really set the bar. Then Daveed and Cena are just natural athletes. We just hit the ground spinning. I want to say “We all did SoulCycle,” or something, but no, there was no such training.

- ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ returns, will Gina be in the precinct house? Andy Samberg speaks

What a cast. I’m so excited for this.

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Michelle Gomez and Pearl Mackie interview with LA Times: July 22, 2017

Crushed and crushing. xD

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All of the Katie interviews I could find, zoomed in on her face with bleeping when necessary.

Hope y’all enjoy ✌️

“Public things really freak me out. I don’t know if I’m ready, I’ll be honest with myself. I still get flustered when I have too many interviews in one day. It’s a challenge that comes with it so I might as well try to step myself out of my comfort zone.”

“What I’ve been concerned about, trying to fight,” he said slowly, “is getting caught up in one kind of part, labeled as one particular kind of actor. I think of the roles I’ve played lately, the one in ‘Running on Empty’ shows the direction I want to head in: on the leading edge out of the teen years.”

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There’s a connection there… I think that’s maybe why the 'Running’ script appealed to me from the start,” Phoenix said. “The concerns of these parents are something I could see my own parents dealing with, having dealt with.” - Interview for LA Times, 1988.

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Harry Styles of One Direction seeks $8.5 million for his Hollywood Hills West crib
Harry Styles of One Direction has listed his contemporary-style home in Hollywood Hills West for $8.495 million.
By Neal J. Leitereg

Harry Styles is headed in a new direction. The singer-songwriter of One Direction fame has listed his contemporary-style home in Hollywood Hills West for sale at $8.495 million.

Tucked behind a motorized gate on a quarter-acre lot, the multi-level home boasts an open floor plan and pocketing walls of glass that capitalize on Southern California’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Views from the home, set above the Sunset Strip, extend from the downtown cityscape to the ocean.

The renovated home in Hollywood Hills West features multiple terraces, a covered patio and a swimming pool.

The 4,100 square feet of subdued living space includes a center-island kitchen, a screening room and a gym. The four bedrooms and six bathrooms include a top-floor master suite that opens to a private balcony.

Tall bamboo hedges form a natural screen around the swimming pool and spa. Expansive decking extends outward to create additional space as well as a covered lounge area below.

Styles bought the house a year ago for $6.87 million, property records show.

Justin Huchel of Hilton & Hyland holds the listing.

Earlier this month the 23-year-old Styles released the self-titled album “Harry Styles,” his first as a solo artist. He is set to make his acting debut later this year in the Christopher Nolan-directed war film “Dunkirk.”