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‘Loot’ Season 2’s Romances, Bromances and Who’s a Real-Life Swifty

‘Loot’ Season 2’s Romances, Bromances and Who’s a Real-Life Swifty

[This story contains mild spoilers from season two, episode six of Loot.] Maya Rudolph’s Loot is as much about a woman coming into her own identity post-divorce as it is an office comedy, thanks to the characters at Molly Novak’s (Rudolph) charitable organization, The Wells Foundation. When Molly, the ex-wife of tech giant John Novak (Adam Scott), puts all of her energy into philanthropic efforts, she eventually forms an unlikely friendship with the no-nonsense executive director of the foundation, Sofia Salinas (Michaela Jaé Rodriguez), and grows closer to her employee cousin Howard (Ron Funches). And she unexpectedly develops feelings for another member of the staff, single dad Arthur (Nat Faxon). In season two of the Apple TV+ series, the personal lives of these characters come more into view as Sofia reluctantly lets her guard down (and breaks a personal-professional boundary by engaging in a romance with a contractor, played by O-T Fagbenle), and Howard, Arthur and Molly’s assistant Nicholas (Joel Kim Booster) demonstrate how to show up for one another outside of work. All of …

Hatton Garden heist’s Brian Reader takes location of loot to the grave | UK | News

Hatton Garden heist’s Brian Reader takes location of loot to the grave | UK | News

Hatton Garden heist ringleader Brian Reader could well have taken the location of £10 million of missing loot to the grave with him. Career criminal Reader, known as The Guvnor, was the oldest member of the “Diamond Wheezers” who managed to steal more than £14 million of gems and bullion from a bank deposit in Hatton Garden, London, in 2015. Police managed to recover £4,467,566.74 of the missing loot, meaning around £9.5 million worth is still missing almost a decade later. Reader however died in September last year, having battled colon and prostate cancer. According to MailOnline, this means recovering the missing items seems unlikely. Reader was ordered to pay back just six percent of his cut from the heist despite a judge issuing a confiscation order, leaving the location of the remaining loot a mystery. In 2018, Reader was released from prison amid concerns about his health. Two years earlier he had been moved from Belmarsh Prison to an intensive care unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in south east London. A year later he …

Video game firms found to have broken own UK industry rules on loot boxes | Gambling

Video game firms found to have broken own UK industry rules on loot boxes | Gambling

The UK government’s decision to let technology companies self-regulate gambling-style loot boxes in video games has been called into question, after some of the developers put in charge of new industry guidelines broke their own rules. In the past six months, the advertising regulator has upheld complaints against three companies involved in drawing up industry rules, including the leading developer Electronic Arts (EA), for failing to disclose that their games contained loot boxes. An expert who submitted the complaints said he had found hundreds more examples of breaches but had only taken a handful to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in order to highlight the problem. Loot boxes are in-game features that allow players to pay, with real money or virtual currency, to open a digital envelope containing random prizes, such as an outfit or a weapon for a character. Despite warnings from experts that loot boxes carry similar risks to gambling, the then Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said in July 2022 it would not follow other countries, such as Belgium, in …