Life at the Epstein estate: Maxwell kept photos of topless girls, aide testified
Ghislaine Maxwell regularly took topless photos of girls who visited Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach, Florida, mansion and kept an album of the photos on her desk in Epstein’s home.That’s according to excerpts from a June 1, 2016, deposition of Juan Alessi, the former maintenance man and house manager of Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion, unsealed Friday from a 2015 defamation lawsuit brought against Maxwell by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has said that she was manipulated and sexually abused by Epstein and that Maxwell and that Epstein directed her to have sex with a number of their prominent friend...
Susan Tompor: University of Michigan economists: Vaccine could boost U.S. growth in 2021
The outlook continues to be clouded by COVID-19 but a team of University of Michigan economists sees encouraging signs that could bring economic life close to normal by the end of 2021.Much, though, will depend on how readily a vaccine becomes available by next summer.The annual U.S. Economic Outlook, released Thursday morning, indicated that the real gross domestic product is expected to rise by 4.2% in 2021.Real GDP is expected to decline by 3.6% year-over-year in 2020, according to the U-M forecast.“Regardless of what happens in the near term with the virus, I think the recovery will be pre...
Detroit Free Press
Album reviews: The War on Drugs, Nick Cave, Tanya Tucker
The War on Drugs“Live Drugs”(Super High Quality *** 1/2)Adam Granduciel is a perfectionist, a studio obsessive who builds up the War on Drugs’ atmospheric music from painstakingly layered guitars and keyboards on songs that cast a hypnotic spell as they embark on journeys of discovery.Acclaimed albums like 2014’s “Lost in the Dream” and 2017’s Grammy-winning “A Deeper Understanding” are the product of Granduciel’s vision. But the Drugs are anything but a one-man band.The other five members of the Philadelphia sextet, beginning with bass player Dave Hartley, all make key contributions to the Dr...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
LaMelo Ball loves his dad, but make no mistake: New Hornets guard isn't a LaVar clone
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LaMelo Ball loves his dad, honors his dad, credits his dad with shepherding his basketball success.But LaVar Ball doesn’t speak for LaMelo, nor rule his point of view.“At the end of the day, what comes out of his mouth, that’s him. He’s a grown man.” LaMelo Ball said in a one-on-one interview with The Charlotte Observer.“And what comes out of my mouth is for me. Because I’m a grown man, too.”The Charlotte Hornets used the No. 3 pick in Wednesday’s NBA draft on Ball, a 19-year-old with a gift for creative passing. Ball comes from a famous family. His brother, New Orleans Pelic...
The Charlotte Observer
Review: 'Small Axe,' a London anthology on Amazon Prime and a 2020 screen highlight
“Small Axe.” Huge, beautiful, vibrant impact. Here, reader, is some of the richest and most rewarding viewing around right now. And right now is when we need it.The first three BBC films in co-writer and director Steve McQueen’s five-part London anthology, narratively disconnected but a wondrous whole nonetheless, premiered on Amazon Prime Friday, with new installments added weekly. I can’t force you to watch it. I can only try to convey why these stories (many from real life), taking place among London’s West Indian communities in the late 1960s through the 1980s, have so much to offer to any...
Scott Fowler: Hornets dropped the ball by drafting LaMelo. He won't be the star Charlotte needs.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LaMelo Ball was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets with the No. 3 pick Wednesday night. That sounds like all sorts of fun, and it will sell all sorts of tickets, and it will generate all sorts of revenue for a small-market team that badly needs a one-name star.And despite all that, I don’t like it.Sorry to throw cold water on the virtual parade, but LaMelo Ball isn’t going to be a big NBA star. The Hornets should have traded up to acquire James Wiseman at No. 2.Will Ball be a solid NBA starter one day? Sure.Will he be an All-Star every night, the sort of player you build a fran...
The Charlotte Observer
Economists: Vaccine could boost US growth in 2021
DETROIT — The outlook continues to be clouded by COVID-19 but a team of University of Michigan economists sees encouraging signs that could bring economic life close to normal by the end of 2021.Much, though, will depend on how readily a vaccine becomes available by next summer.The annual U.S. Economic Outlook, released Thursday morning, indicated that the real gross domestic product is expected to rise by 4.2% in 2021.Real GDP is expected to decline by 3.6% year-over-year in 2020, according to the U-M forecast.“Regardless of what happens in the near term with the virus, I think the recovery w...
Detroit Free Press
In this holiday season of streaming options, it's confinement vs. escapism. Plus courtroom drama.
Watching “Schitt’s Creek,” a pre-pandemic Canadian production that has become a binge staple in millions of mid-pandemic U.S. households, you may find something odd happening around the middle of Season 3. The motel room where much of it takes place starts to remind you, with every new exterior establishing shot, that you’re in lockdown, in late 2020, watching a comedy of confinement. This is getting away from it all?I like and occasionally love “Schitt’s Creek,” but it’s no wonder many of the same millions have fallen for “The Queen’s Gambit,” [the seven\-part streaming phenomenon](Evoking th...
Captain Comics: 2 great graphic novels
Staying at home due to COVID is the perfect time to catch up on reading. Here are two primo graphic novels I practically inhaled this week:THE NEIL GAIMAN LIBRARY VOLUME 1 HCDark Horse Books, $49.99Normally an anthology is hit or miss, but this one is written entirely by geek royalty Neil Gaiman, which is sure-fire. And the art, while covering a wide range of styles, never veers into the unpalatable.This book is the first in a series collecting the Gaiman stories adapted to comics (the second is already being solicited for Nov. 24). There are four stories, all of them well-developed standalone...
Tribune News Service
Mark Bradley: In an odd NBA draft, Anthony Edwards goes No. 1
ATLANTA — In this strangest of all years, the strangest of all NBA drafts finally arrived. It was held eight months and six days after the last college basketball game of 2020 was played, and that last game — Creighton vs. St. John’s in the Big East quarterfinals — ended at halftime. (St. John’s led 38-35.) This draft was staged in November, as opposed to June, and it came in a week slotted between the Masters and Thanksgiving.Ahead of most NBA drafts, we have a working knowledge of the players apt to go first. (There have been exceptions. The legendary Andrea Bargnani was No. 1 in 2006.) Last...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution