Covid cops swoop in and stop wedding party planned for garden

Covid cops acting on intelligence prevented a wedding party from going ahead at a home in Wythenshawe.

When officers arrived at the home they found a gazebo had been erected in the garden, police tweeted.

It meant they were able to prevent the ‘illegal gathering’ from going ahead.

The full GMP tweet, put up on Friday evening, said: “Earlier, GMP’s Covid-19 compliance operation received intelligence regarding a wedding party in Wythenshawe.

“Police attended and found that a gazebo had been erected in the garden of a property.

“Officers prevented the illegal gathering before restrictions were breached.”

In Manchester, wedding receptions and celebrations, including for up to 30 people in the form of a sit-down meal, cannot take place.

This is due to local lockdown restrictions brought in to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The government guidelines state that in parts of the country with extra lockdown restrictions such as Manchester “wedding celebrations should not currently take place in these areas – unless they are limited to people who live together (or are in the same support bubble), or a group of up to 6 people outdoors.”

Just last week, fines were issued by police after around 100 people were found at a wedding party in Bolton.

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Residents ask mayor to stop removal of angels at Nueces County Victims’ Memorial Garden

Residents took to email to beg Mayor Joe McComb to stop the removal of angels at the Nueces County Victims’ Memorial Garden on Thursday.

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The garden, located at Oleander Point at Cole Park, is a place for families to remember their lost loved ones. 

Fallon Wood, the mother of the late 21-year-old Breanna Wood, began work on the garden after her daughter’s body was found. Families and friends of victims can add their loved one to the memorial with plaques that can be adorned with a name and photo. 



The Nueces County Victims' Memorial Garden is located at Oleander Point at Cole Park.


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In a Facebook post, the Nueces County Victims’ Memorial Garden said the Parks and Recreation department asked for the removal of the angels by Sept. 25. 

“When Fallon started doing this deal, she did it on her own,” said George Fennema, Wood’s brother, said. “When she got everything approved through the city, she made some revisions to it that she thought would look better.”

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Fennema said Parks and Recreation told them to remove everything from the park that wasn’t approved by the department, including a flagpole and pathway lights. 

The department allowed the flag and lights to stay, but insisted the angels were removed, Fennema said.

“I suggested we submit stuff for review and they said no,” Fennema said. “I did the revisions they wanted, but we left the angels there. The only answer we need is why you want the angels removed. They said they don’t feel they’re aesthetically acceptable in our city park.”

An email obtained by the Caller-Times shows the department requesting the angels be removed.

“The Parks and Recreation Department does not feel that the Angels or the Angel Wings at the memorial garden meet the aesthetics of a City park,” the email said.

Residents asked McComb to intervene in the removal of the park’s angels.

“I am not happy that the Parks and Recreation is demanding we take down the angels in our garden,” Kathleen Garza said in an email. “We were victimized once. Please don’t do it again by removing anything from our beautiful garden.”

Others urged McComb to visit the garden himself.

“If you have not been to the park, I highly recommend doing so,” Rita Lucero said in an email. “Let these people who have gone through things you hopefully never have to go through have their place in peace. It has been accepted by the community in such a wonderful and warm way.”

Lisa Oliver, Community Relations Superintendent for Corpus Christi Parks and Recreations, said the department will give a statement on Friday.

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Moderate Democrats pressure Pelosi, House leadership to move new coronavirus bill: ‘Stop the stupidity’

Moderate Democrats, especially those in swing districts, have been pressuring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pass another coronavirus relief bill, signaling that blaming the Senate Republicans and the White House for the inaction isn’t flying back home with their constituents who need help.

One of the boldest efforts of revolt came Tuesday when the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus revealed their $1.5 trillion coronavirus relief plan, with 25 Democrats breaking with their leadership and joining 25 Republicans on a compromise plan.

Rep. Max Rose, D-N.Y., was among the backers of the plan and said his frustration with leadership’s failure to make a deal pales in comparison to the frustration of his constituents needing help. It’s been four months since the House passed its $3 trillion HEROES Act — which died in the GOP-led Senate — and now Rose and fellow frontline Democrats have been urging House leadership to put another bill on the floor that could actually become law.

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“The pressure is loud and forthright and it is bipartisan in nature,” Rose told Fox News of the urging on both GOP and Democratic leadership to move a “real” bill. “Because that pressure is reflective of where the American people are. They are sick and tired of politics.”

Rep. Max Rose, D-N.Y.

“To the leadership, we said this very simple message: It’s time for you to stop playing games. Let’s stop the charade. Let’s stop this stupidity. Let’s put the country first.”

The Problem Solvers’ effort was designed to break the logjam on stalled coronavirus talks between Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and the White House. Instead, it met with unified resistance from Pelosi and her leadership team.

In a rare move, all eight major Democratic committee chairs put out a joint statement Tuesday rejecting the bipartisan plan, saying it “falls short of what is needed to save lives and boost the economy.”

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A national Democratic source said the move by the Problem Solvers Caucus Democrats “undermined” Pelosi’s negotiating position in trying to secure a robust coronavirus deal.

“The Problem Solvers Caucus’ play put Democrats in disarray and clearly undermined Schumer and Pelosi in such important negotiations,” the source told Fox News.

“That statement is highly unusual,” the source continued about the swift condemnation from Democratic chairs. “It shows how worried the Democratic leadership is that Pelosi is being undercut.”

Democrats took control of the House in 2018 thanks to flipping some 40 seats from red to blue. Those front-line members fighting for another term in office have been among the most outspoken about wanting a deal.

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Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a Problem Solvers Caucus member who opposed the $3 trillion bill in May and flipped a GOP district, criticized Pelosi’s resistance to a smaller coronavirus package.

“What the House put forward months ago isn’t moving forward,” Spanberger, D-Va., 

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How to Stop Snapping at Each Other in the Kitchen When Tensions Are High

If you find tempers flaring in the kitchen more than usual these days, get expert tips on how to stop fighting over cooking.



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Quarantine has taught me a lot of things.

It’s taught me to be grateful for my health and to never take the time I have with loved ones for granted. It’s taught me to more carefully assess risks and to practice patience. It’s taught me to be creative with my free time.

It’s also taught me that it can be hard to share space—especially in the kitchen—with your significant other. When the lockdown first started in mid-March, my husband and I were living in a teeny apartment in Brooklyn. I’ve been working from home full-time since 2016, but my charming S.O. and I were suddenly in each other’s bubbles pretty much all the time. We’ve since moved to Philadelphia, where we have a lot more space, but our kitchen is still on the small side by most standards.

Over the last few months, my husband has taken up lunchtime cooking projects, started collecting hot sauces in our kitchen cabinets, tried his hand at homemade gnocchi, and more frequently wandered in to say “’Sup?” while I prepare dinner. Quarantine has scrambled life for so many of us in so many ways, and our handle on personal space is no different. If the kitchen was once solely your “turf,” I’m willing to bet that the lines have blurred at least slightly since March.

With this in mind—and knowing that so many are struggling with these shifts—I looked to relationship experts for advice on how to avoid tension and arguments in the kitchen with your S.O. Keep scrolling for their suggestions!

1. Keep Your Spaces Organized

In my personal experience, things can get tense in the kitchen when there’s confusion about who is occupying and working in which areas. Am I chopping vegetables for dinner on this patch of countertop or is my husband using it to take apart our robot vacuum to figure out why it hasn’t been picking up my dog’s ample fur for the last week? Is my husband rinsing dishes in the sink or am I deep cleaning it?

These questions might sound a little ridiculous in theory—shouldn’t we be able to sort all of this out fairly automatically?—but anyone who’s found themselves moving (or trying to move) through their kitchen on autopilot knows that you can easily find yourself feeling frustrated as you (literally) bump up against your partner while carrying out kitchen tasks. Some prior planning might actually be required.

Divorce Harmony marriage mediator Dori Shwirtz notes the importance of keeping kitchen spaces organized to minimize opportunities for argument. Talk with your partner about what chores you’ll be taking on and in what spaces or areas you plan to do them. Ask them to do the same. With practice, you may find it easier to negotiate around each other without this kind of explicit communication

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When Jimmy Carter’s White House was a tour stop for long-haired, ‘torpedo’-smoking rock outlaws

Near the beginning of “Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President,” the new documentary that explores the 39th president’s connection to the music community during his four-year term, President Carter offers a revelation involving one of his children, country singer Willie Nelson and what Nelson once described as “a big fat Austin torpedo.”



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Asked about Nelson’s account of smoking marijuana on the roof of the White House at the tail end of Carter’s term in 1980, the former president lets out a chuckle.

Nelson, Carter explains in the film, “says that his companion that shared the pot with him was one of the servants at the White House. That is not exactly true. It actually was one of my sons.”

It’s a brief exchange, but the coy interaction sets the tone for this affectionate, revelatory film about the ways in which a Georgia peanut farmer, on a mission in 1976 to upend American politics, tapped a kind of political action committee of artists, stoned or otherwise, to make his long-shot run at the presidency. Once victorious, Carter opened his doors to musicians, their art and at least one illicit joint.

Directed by Mary Wharton and produced by Chris Farrell, “Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President” celebrated its theatrical release on Tuesday, part of an extended rollout that will see it move from theater to on-demand in October to, ultimately, CNN at the beginning of 2021.

At one point in the film, Carter sits next to a turntable with Bob Dylan’s “Bringin’ It All Back Home’” cued up and says matter-of-factly, “The Allman Bros. helped put me in the White House by raising money when I didn’t have any money.”

Across Carter’s term, artists including Nelson, Charles Mingus, Loretta Lynn, Bob Dylan, Sarah Vaughan, Cecil Taylor, Linda Ronstadt (who had campaigned against Carter with her then-boyfriend Jerry Brown), the Staple Singers, Cher (and her then-boyfriend, Gregg Allman) and Tom T. Hall either visited or performed at the White House. Crosby, Stills and Nash once dropped by the place unannounced. Carter made time for them.

The musicians’ very presence was a grand shift. Inheriting a Vietnam War-embattled White House that for the eight years prior had been occupied by Richard Nixon and, after his resignation, Gerald Ford, Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter treated the center of power not as a fortified bunker but as a kind of People’s Park. Members of the Woodstock generation were out of college and getting haircuts. The war was over, and with it the Selective Service draft.

“We thought we were celebrating victories that we had won,” says Nile Rodgers, producer and founder of funk band Chic, of the Carter presidency. “This is at about the height of the Black Power movement, the height of the women’s movement. The gay rights movement has come out.”

“Musicians are always looking for the truth, right? That’s kind of what they do as songwriters,” says director Wharton.

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How Do I Stop My Jack Russell From Peeing In The House – House Training A Jack Russell Puppy

That's a good question. How to house train a Jack Russell puppy is one of the most daunting tasks you'll face as a dog owner. However, because Jack Russells are so intelligent, house training a Jack Russell puppy can be accomplished easily and quickly if you follow some basic guidelines.

Puppies 8-10 Weeks Old

Depending on how old your puppy is, you may be expecting too much. If your puppy is too young, physically, he may not be able to hold his bowels. Most dogs come to their new homes 8-10 weeks of age. At this stage, they are unable to hold their bladder for an entire night and they have to be taken out every few hours.

If your JRT is less than 6 months old, be prepared that you're going to have less than perfect compliance to house training and that you'll have accidents at times. Be patient and stay positive.

Getting Started

First, and foremost, if you really want learn how to house train a Jack Russell puppy, you have to be willing to take at least 2 weeks off work. Why? Because you'll need to keep watch over your pup very carefully so that you can sense when he has to pee and then intercede.

Designate His Own Space

Designate a space just for your JRT. Make it a space where the floor is easy to clean. This will be his play and sleep area. It should be an area that can be easily closed off and small enough to be manageable.

This will be your terrier's "room" until house training gets under way and until you introduce the crate. Get him a blanket – perferably one with your scent on it, a bowl of water and some toys, and keep it in his new "room."

Don't Let Home Roam Free

If you're serious about house training a Jack Russell puppy, and want fast results, your Jack Russell can't have free access to the house until he's fully house trained.

I know that sounds cruel, but there's a good reason for this kind of rigid restriction in the beginning. If you give your dog free reign of the house, he'll pee all over the place. You won't have an opportunity to intercept him and take him to the appropriate place you want him to eliminate – which is outside.

When you're learning how to house train a Jack Russell puppy you're going to be asked to do a lot of things that seem cruel to your dog at first. But you've got to trust the process and do what you're asked to do if you want results.

Keep Your Eyes on Him Every Minute

Your job is to watch your pup like a hawk. If you have to wash dishes, tie a tether to him, this way he can only go so far and you can still catch him in the act if he starts to go to the bathroom.

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