August 17, 2019

The 10 surprising things you can’t recycle

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August 17, 2019

Brexit: Not leaving EU would betray democracy – Andrew RT Davies

Andrew RT Davies says not delivering Brexit would be a "danger to the fabric of the United Kingdom".
August 17, 2019

Who Is William “Junior” Pierce, Mindhunter’s Newest Serial Killer?

Warning: spoilers for Mindhunter season 2 ahead.

While many of the serial killers mentioned in Mindhunter are household names, not all of them are as notorious as Ed Kemper, Charles Manson, and the BTK Killer, Dennis Rader. Season 2 has just been released and with it a whole new slew of murderers to focus on. One that stood out was William “Junior” Pierce — who didn’t become a serial killer until after he was released from prison.

In Mindhunter, Pierce largely serves as a potential suspect for the Atlanta Child Murders that ultimately reaches a dead end. Played by Michael Filipowich, Pierce is visited in jail by Agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Jim Barney (Albert Jones) in the third episode. Claiming he speaks multiple languages, including “Libyan,” it becomes clear Ford’s intellectual approach does not work when it comes to Pierce, who reportedly has an IQ of 70, and Barney steps in to assist (and coax Pierce into talking with treats).

However, in real life, Pierce’s story has a lot more going on besides his love of snack foods. In 1970, Pierce was serving a 10 to 20-year sentence in a Georgia prison for a list of crimes including arson, burglary, receiving stolen property, and an attempted prison break. Pierce was only seven years into his sentence when he was released on parole despite staff psychologists classifying him as “dangerous.” The parole board ignored this and let him out of jail anyway.

In the one year he was on parole, Pierce murdered nine people across Georgia and South Carolina. One of the most high-profile murders he was convicted for was that of Margaret “Peg” Cuttino, the daughter of a South Carolina senator.

Pierce was rearrested on March 8, 1971. According to the Georgia Offender Database, he is currently imprisoned for murder with a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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George R.R. Martin Responds To The GoT Finale Backlash — & If It Affects The Books

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August 17, 2019

George R.R. Martin Responds To The GoT Finale Backlash — & If It Affects The Books

Did you have feelings about the final episode of Game of Thrones? If so, join the chorus of Game of Thrones TV show and book fans who are still voicing their opinions about the series finale. Yes, there is plenty to criticize, and George R.R. Martin has heard your cries of despair. In a new interview, he responded to the Game of Thrones finale backlash, and explained what it means going forward for the next two books in the Song of Ice and Fire series — specifically, if the ending of the show will affect the ending of the ASoIF books.

“No, it doesn’t. [The show finale] doesn’t change anything [in the ASoIF books] at all,” Martin told the Observer in an upcoming interview. “You can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself.”

Martin also conceded that the show was untenable for his writing process. “I don’t think [the TV show] was very good for me. The very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day...I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking, ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40.’” (Writers everywhere should be relieved to hear that Martin also suffers from writer’s block, too.)

There are still at least two more books left in the ASoIF series: The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. We do know that Bran eventually becomes King of Six Kingdoms, and this is likely to happen in the books, as Martin has said as much. However, he also cautions that the books will be different than the show. There is currently no word on release dates for either book. He does have a deadline, though — Martin has jokingly promised to imprison himself in New Zealand if TWoW isn’t finished by the time he appears at the World Science Fiction Convention in Wellington next year.

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Creepy dolls mysteriously appear in Missouri county

Residents in a Missouri county are getting creeped out over a series of life-sized dolls that have mysteriously started appearing without reason in the area.
August 17, 2019

Man arrested after woman stabbed to death in Perry Barr

The woman died from her injuries after being found at a house in Perry Barr, Birmingham.
August 17, 2019

Ashes 2019: England-Australia second Test set for thrilling conclusion

The second Ashes Test is poised for a thrilling conclusion after a memorable fourth day in which the fast bowlers of England and Australia illuminated Lord's.
August 17, 2019

Exclusive: U.S. set to give Huawei another 90 days to buy from American suppliers – sources

The U.S. Commerce Department is expected to extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers, two sources familiar with the situation said.
August 17, 2019

Real Madrid heads into the new season with more questions than answers

Zinedine Zidane's second coming at Real Madrid proved the Frenchman is no miracle worker.
August 17, 2019

Owen Jones ‘kicked in head’ in London street attack

The Guardian columnist says a group of men made a "beeline" for him as he left a pub in north London.