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Anne Sacoolas said she ‘drove like an American’, Harry Dunn inquest told | UK news

Anne Sacoolas said she ‘drove like an American’, Harry Dunn inquest told | UK news

Anne Sacoolas said she “drove like an American”, on the wrong side of the road, an inquest into the crash that killed a 19-year-old motorcyclist, Harry Dunn, has heard. The US government employee declined to give live evidence at the inquest on Wednesday, providing two written statements that were read to the court. In one she said: “I made a tragic mistake that I will live with every single day for the rest of my life. There is not a single day that goes by that Harry is not on my mind and I am deeply sorry for the pain that I have caused.” The inquest into Dunn’s death, in 2019, heard that when Sacoolas was asked what she believed had caused the collision, she told Northamptonshire police: “I drove like an American and drove on the American side of the road.” Responding to the statements, the Dunn family’s spokesperson, Radd Seiger, told the PA news agency: “We have heard most of that before. Why on earth is Sacoolas not in court to answer the …

‘It breaks an employer’s control’: the tragic disappearance of the American lunch hour | Life and style

‘It breaks an employer’s control’: the tragic disappearance of the American lunch hour | Life and style

“The lunch rush is dead,” an NBC News headline announced this week. Blame it on working from home, tighter budgets, inflation or all of the above: transaction data pulled by the digital-payments app Square found that midday food spending was down 3.3% nationwide last year compared with 2019. The decrease was steeper in some cities, including Boston, Atlanta and Dallas. While a full obit for the humble lunch break might be premature, a recent report from the University of Toronto backed up the hypothesis that Americans want to spend more on weekend luxuries than a lunch bill. The study found that foot traffic in major US cities remains low on workdays, but higher during the weekend. “That’s been the largest transformation in the last four or five years – the consumer habits of office workers,” Ara Kharazian, research lead at Square, told NBC News. “But that money has gone somewhere else. We’re seeing consumers instead spend money on the weekends.” A perfect storm of rising meal expenses and shrinking break times is interfering with people’s …

Haitian aid workers worry American Christians donors could worsen crisis

Haitian aid workers worry American Christians donors could worsen crisis

(RNS) — As the security crisis in Haiti continues, the humanitarian aid group Haiti Family Care Network is urging U.S. Christian donors to refrain from worsening the situation by donating to orphanages and to redirect their efforts instead toward initiatives helping parents support their children. “There are actually better ways to care for the needs of children than building and supporting orphanages,” said Heather Nozea, chair of the network, which is part of Better Care Network, based in Guatemala. In 2021, five humanitarian organizations created Haiti Family Care Network to change how relief for children works in the impoverished, often chaotically led nation. In 2011, the year after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake killed some 300,000, mostly around the capital, Port-au-Prince, orphanages proliferated from about 300 to 754, despite their failures to provide appropriate care for children. “Everyone assumed that the best way to respond was by building and supporting new orphanages and it became a solution to problems without actually addressing the real problem,” said Nozea, who has worked in Haiti for eight years for …

‘American Pie’ Star Seann William Scott Settles Divorce From Olivia Korenberg

‘American Pie’ Star Seann William Scott Settles Divorce From Olivia Korenberg

Seann William Scott has finalized his divorce from his wife of four years, Olivia Korenberg. Scott filed for divorce in February after four years of marriage. According to legal documents obtained by ET at the time, the couple had been separated since Oct. 2, 2023. They stated the reason for the divorce as “irreconcilable differences.” The American Pie star and his wife, an interior designer, share a 3-year-old daughter named Frankie Rose Scott. In their settlement, they entered an agreement on property and their marriage and domestic partnership rights.  Pursuant to the terms of the couple’s prenuptial agreement, Scott will pay Korenberg spousal support, as well as child support, which will be ordered at a later date. He also gave up his right to receive spousal support and asked court to terminate forever spousal support for both parties. The couple secretly tied the knot on Sept. 19, 2019, and the news broke later that month. At the time, the actor shared with Us Weekly that his wife was a “great girl,” adding that he’s “pretty private” but “super happy.” Scott was previously engaged to former Victoria’s Secret model …

At ‘L.A. Progressive Shooters,’ a gun space for shooters sick of American gun culture

At ‘L.A. Progressive Shooters,’ a gun space for shooters sick of American gun culture

At least two hours have gone by in the Pistol 101 class, and no student has fired a bullet or even picked up a gun. This isn’t a lesson for anyone eager to pull the trigger. Tom Nguyen’s teaching style is patient, aimed at demystifying an object many of his students have spent their lives fearing, even hating. Something of a leftist firearms whisperer, Nguyen pokes fun at stereotypical American gun culture, mocking “alpha male” behavior and the John Wick film franchise with its video game levels of violence. Owning a gun doesn’t have to define your personality, he preaches, and it doesn’t mean you have to seek conflict. “Being peaceful,” he says, “is not the same as being helpless, or harmless.” Instructor Tom Nguyen, founder of L.A. Progressive Shooters, explains guns and safety during a firearms education course at a martial arts studio in Norwalk, Calif. A wiry longtime martial arts practitioner who sometimes wears his hair in long pigtail braids, the 53-year-old Nguyen plays the role of firearms sensei. But unlike the “gun …

Is the golden age of American Jews really ending?

Is the golden age of American Jews really ending?

(RNS) — American Jews are suffering serious agita from the manifestations of antisemitism at pro-Palestinian rallies on the very college campuses where we have been welcomed as students and professors ever since the Jewish quotas came down after World War II. Don’t we, most of us, condemn Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his alliance with Israeli’s extremist religious right? Don’t we, most of us, lament the civilian casualties in Gaza? Don’t we, most of us, hope for a two-state solution? But most of us are also Zionists whose identity is ineluctably connected to the 76-year-old country that’s home to almost half the Jews in the world and a lot more than half the vitality in contemporary Jewish culture. How can people who should know better fail to understand that the genocidal assault carried out by Hamas on Oct. 7 was an assault on us? So is the golden age of American Jews ending, as Franklin Foer prophesied in The Atlantic two months ago? Let’s take a deep breath and recall that this is not the …

American Taylor Swift fans head to Europe after being priced out of Eras Tour tickets in the US

American Taylor Swift fans head to Europe after being priced out of Eras Tour tickets in the US

Sign up to Roisin O’Connor’s free weekly newsletter Now Hear This for the inside track on all things music Get our Now Hear This email for free Thousands of ride-or-die Taylor Swift fans who missed out on her US concert tour last year or didn’t want to buy exorbitantly priced tickets to see her again found an out-of-the-way solution: Fly to Europe. The pop star is scheduled to kick off the 18-city Europe leg of her record-setting Eras Tour in Paris on Thursday (9 May), and planeloads of Swifties plan to follow Miss Americana across the pond in the coming weeks. The arena where Swift is appearing said Americans bought 20 per cent of the tickets for her four sold-out shows. Stockholm, the tour’s next stop, expects about 10,000 concertgoers from the US. A concert might sound like an odd raison d’etre for visiting a foreign country, especially when fans can watch the Eras Tour from home via the documentary now streaming on Disney+. Yet online travel company Expedia says continent-hopping by Swift’s devotees is …

Is Bureaucratic Bloat Eating American Universities From the Inside?

Is Bureaucratic Bloat Eating American Universities From the Inside?

This is Work in Progress, a newsletter about work, technology, and how to solve some of America’s biggest problems. Sign up here. Last month, the Pomona College economist Gary N. Smith calculated that the number of tenured and tenure-track professors at his school declined from 1990 to 2022, while the number of administrators nearly sextupled in that period. “Happily, there is a simple solution,” Smith wrote in a droll Washington Post column. In the tradition of Jonathan Swift, his modest proposal called to get rid of all faculty and students at Pomona so that the college could fulfill its destiny as an institution run by and for nonteaching bureaucrats. At the very least, he said, “the elimination of professors and students would greatly improve most colleges’ financial position.” Administrative growth isn’t unique to Pomona. In 2014, the political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg published The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters, in which he bemoaned the multi-decade expansion of “administrative blight.” From the early 1990s to 2009, administrative positions …