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Panthers owner announces sale amid sexual harassment claims

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said Sunday that he would sell the National Football League franchise amid allegations that he used a racial slur against an African-American employee and sexually harassed female workers. The announcement came after the allegations first reported by Sports Illustrated — and on the same day the Panthers defeated the Green Bay Packers, making them 10-4 and ranked fifth in their conference. In a statement, Richardson said there had been “no greater mission or purpose in my life” than bringing an NFL team to Charlotte, North…

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Alexander Armstrong celebrates release of In A Winter Light with his top 10 vinyl albums

GETTY Alexander Armstrong reveals his top 10 vinyl records On his newly released In A Winter Light, the 47-year-old presenter of quiz show Pointless covers everything from Fleet Foxes’ 2008 White Water Hymnal to There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue, which, he says “is about as old as English church music gets – it’s virtually pagan! We’ve got some lovely old kitsch on there as well”. The variety of Yuletide sounds reflects Alexander’s restless ear for great music. But he admits that he gave away his original collection of…

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Nutcracker: World-class production and performances in a must-see show

The dancers all look good in Wayne Eagling’s reworked version, from the back row to the front of the corps de ballet. And if last Wednesday’s show was anything to go by, the soloists and principals are world class. First there’s Clara, the lead girl played by Shiori Kase, the child who creeps downstairs after the party and falls in love with her best Christmas present, The Nutcracker (Guilherme Menezes). Kase looked a shade nervous as her toy-boy turned into a strapping male, still sporting that hideous mask, but the…

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Favourite Christmas album of 2017 REVEALED: Which album to listen to this Christmas

Tom Chaplin’s Twelve Tales Of Christmas ★★★★ (Island) After his wretchedly self-indulgent solo album ‘The Wave’, the former Keane singer exercises a lighter but far more assured touch, both vocally on excellent covers, most notably East 17’s Stay Another Day, and in his songwriting.  Among the originals, Midnight Mass is an intimate and cleverly observed piece of festive whimsy, superbly performed over muted piano. Under A Million Lights, meanwhile, is a slow-building heartbreaker that jumps into the most glorious melody and might be his most shimmeringly beautiful work since the…

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Is Star Wars science fiction? ‘The Last Jedi’ settles this age-old argument.

Get the THINK newsletter. SUBSCRIBE “The Last Jedi” is set in large part in a green, mountainous landscape inhabited by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) — an old, grizzled dude with flowing robes and mysterious powers. The plot involves talk of royal bloodlines, astral projection, swords that choose their wielders, and an epic battle between light and a twisted, all-seeing Sauron-like darkness. The film also includes cute Disney-like snow cats and owl-critters, and it opens with the words, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” which sure sounds…

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Twelve Tales Of Christmas: Tom Chaplin’s solo release is the album of the week

Among the originals, Midnight Mass is an intimate and cleverly observed piece of festive whimsy, superbly performed over muted piano. Under A Million Lights, meanwhile, is a slow-building heartbreaker that jumps into the most glorious melody and might be his most shimmeringlybeautiful work since the Keane debut. Simon Callow With The Brighouse & Rastrick Band: A Christmas Carol (Island, two discs) Currently having a ball on TV as The Rebel, a curmudgeoneonly former Mod with a prison record from the Clacton riots, Callow brings hisusual 100 per cent enthusiasm to this…

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This Brooklyn brownstone brims with beautiful music, art – CNET

Meet Ivan Ivan’s living room A closeted audio system Luxman SQ-38u amplifier VPI Classic turntable VPI HW-17i record cleaning machine DeVore Fidelity Gibbon 3XL speakers The kitchen sound system World music Singalodeon double cassette player Arcam FMJ Blu-ray player Epson EMP TW720 projector A print by Eugenio Dittborn Quinto Totem speaker Quinto Beta integrated amplifier Ivan with a Korg microKorg keyboard Fibes drum set The party music system Tascam Portastudio 424 More LPs Time to go Prev Next Next Ivan, an artist and record company owner, gives us a tour…

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Mozilla backpedals after Mr. Robot-Firefox misstep – CNET

It sounded like a good idea at Mozilla — promote computer security and privacy awareness using a tie-in with an online game from the popular Mr. Robot hacker TV series. But almost immediately, the plan started backfiring. On Wednesday, Firefox users started complaining that a cryptic extension had been installed in their browser with no explicit permission or explanation of what it does — only a description that read “MY REALITY IS DIFFERENT THAN YOURS.” People ripped into Mozilla in a Reddit discussion after one Firefox user fretted, “I have…

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Pro-Ject’s turntable makes you want to get up and dance – CNET

The Pro-Ject Classic SB turntable. Steve Guttenberg/CNET I play music all the time at home, but I couldn’t help but notice that my wife was grooving and dancing more when I played tunes on the Pro-Ject Classic SB belt-drive turntable. She didn’t have to say it’s a great sounding turntable, her actions spoke louder than words. Before we go any further, the Classic SB is the upgraded version of Pro-Ject’s still available Classic turntable, which costs $1,099 in the US and £900 in the UK. The Classic SB is slightly…

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ best and worst: Our global review – CNET

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has finally landed in theaters, and CNET writers and editors the world over made the Kessel Run to go see it right away. Opinions? Star Wars fans, with opinions? You know it, and we aren’t holding back, so be warned that the impressions we share below are full of spoilers. Haven’t seen the movie yet but need details now? Click on our official, spoiler-free review and head over to our guide outlining everything we know about the film. And here’s another warning: You WILL find spoilers ahead, so if…

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