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John Witherspoon ‘Friday’ actor and comedian dies aged 77

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Legendary actor and comedian, John Witherspoon has passed on at the age of 77.

John Witherspoon who made audiences laugh in television shows and films including the hit Friday franchise, died at his home in Sherman Oaks. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

His family announced his sudden passing on social media.

“It is with deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77,” Witherspoon’s family said in a statement to Deadline.

“He is survived by his wife Angela, and his sons JD, Alexander, and a large family. We are all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment in privacy and we will celebrate his life and his work together. John used to say ‘I’m no big deal’, but he was huge deal to us.”

Witherspoon began his stand-up comedy career in the 1970s, where he made friends with some of the biggest comics working in the industry at the time. His comedic talents opened the door to a storied screen career.

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Suspect in Highland Park Independence Day mass shooting charged with 7 counts of murder

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The 21-year-old suspect in the July 4th Highland Park parade mass shooting was charged Tuesday with seven counts of first-degree murder. (more…)

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R.Kelly removed from suicide watch in jail

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R.Kelly has been removed from suicide watch after a face-off with federal authorities in the United States. (more…)

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Russian multi-millionaire Yuri Voronov shot dead in his swimming pool

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An investigation has been launched into Mr Voronov’s (right) death (Picture: Yury Voronov/e2w)

A multi-millionaire Russian businessman has been found shot dead at his mansion. (more…)

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A county in Florida is going under quarantine after Giant African land snail were discovered there

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A Florida county is under quarantine due to the discovery of a fast-growing population of invasive giant African land snails.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) confirmed there were giant African land snails in the New Port Richey area of Pasco County on June 23, according to FDACS’ website.
The snails pose a health risk to humans because they carry a parasite called rat lungworm, which can cause meningitis, Christina Chitty, a public information director at FDACS, told CNN.

They can produce up to 2,500 eggs per year, so the population is difficult to control.

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According to Chitty, the population in Pasco County likely originated from the illegal pet trade. Giant African land snails are illegal to own as pets in the United States. But some exotic pet owners still keep the invasive pests. If the owners discard them into the wild or accidentally lose them, they can quickly establish a foothold, feeding on over 500 different plant species and even consuming the paint and stucco off houses as a source of calcium.
Chitty said the department is currently investigating the population and determining how many snails are in Pasco County. The snails are native to east Africa and can grow up to 8 inches long.

The quarantine took effect June 25 and prevents residents from moving the snail or related items, like plants and soil, in or out of the designated quarantine area. Residents who think they have spotted a giant African land snail are advised to call the FDACS hotline and avoid touching the snail without gloves on due to the meningitis risk.
According to Chitty, FDACS plans to spend three years eradicating the population in Pasco County, using the pesticide metaldehyde to treat the soil.

“The goal is to eradicate” the snails, said Chitty. “It is a comprehensive and extensive process.”
This is not the first time Florida has dealt with an invasion of giant snails. In 2011, a population of the pests was discovered in Miami-Dade County. It wasn’t until 2021 the population was fully eradicated.
While the snails in Miami-Dade County had grey-colored flesh, the snails in Pasco County have white flesh, said Chitty.

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Couple aged 61 and 24 are spending £120,000 on a surrogate

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Cheryl, 61, and Quran McCain, 24, who became TikTok sensations by sharing details about their relationship with more than 2.3 million followers on just one account (@Kingqurannewpage), have revealed they are willing to spend up to £120,000 on a surrogate to have a baby together. (more…)

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BBC reviewing six complaints of sexual assault and bullying against Tim Westwood

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The BBC has received six complaints against disgraced DJ Tim Westwood over alleged bullying and sexual misconduct, including a historical one that was referred to the police, despite previously insisting it was unaware of any concerns about the DJ’s behaviour. (more…)

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