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Kate Middleton Remembers Her Great-Grandmother and Grandmother’s Contributions as Red Cross Nurses

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The royal family is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the British Red Cross.

Kate Middleton, Queen Elizabeth and other members of the family paid tribute to British Red Cross staff and volunteers on Monday as the charity marks its milestone year.

Kate personally thanked 150 outstanding staff and volunteers, who were nominated by the charity for their contributions to received a commemorative coin created specially by the Royal Mint for the anniversary. In her letter, the royal mom recalled her own family ties to the Red Cross, with both her great-grandmother Olive Middleton and grandmother Valerie Middleton having served as Red Cross nurses during World War I and World War II, respectively.

“Like you and many others, they are both part of the rich history of the British Red Cross, which is helping to ensure many people get the support they need during

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‘Hero’ father-of-seven died while rescuing his children who got into difficulty at sea

Jonathan Stevens died a hero saving children - UNPIXS (Europe)/Universal News And Sport (Scotland)
Jonathan Stevens died a hero saving children – UNPIXS (Europe)/Universal News And Sport (Scotland)

A “hero” father-of-seven died while rescuing his children who got into difficulty at sea.

Jonathan Stevens, 36, was reportedly caught in a rip tide as he tried to heave two of his children to safety during the incident in Barmouth, northwest Wales on Sunday afternoon.

Emergency services were called just before 2pm and the plasterer, from Telford in Shropshire, was retrieved from the water and taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital by air ambulance, where he later passed away.

In a tribute, his partner Laura, who was at home when the incident happened, said: “Words can’t explain how we are all feeling, not only me and our kids but his other kids and his family.

“I owe this man everything bringing our babies back, just so sad that we have all lost him but I know he

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Coronation Street’s Geoff faces murder suspicions, and 8 more big soap moments

From Digital Spy

Soap spoilers follow.

Struggling to keep track of the constant stream of soap spoilers? Fear not, as every Monday Digital Spy picks out the biggest and best storylines hitting your screens in the week ahead.

1. Coronation Street: Elaine vanishes after clashing with Geoff

(Wednesday at 7.30pm on ITV)

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

Elaine introduces herself to Sally, confirming that she is Tim’s mum and explaining how Geoff’s abuse led her to abandon him. Feeling sympathy for her, Sally urges Elaine not to give up on Tim, but on her way over to see him at Street Cars, she’s approached by a menacing Geoff. Faye witnesses the pair having a furious showdown in the ginnel.

Later, Alya is worried when Elaine is nowhere to be found. Fearing the worst, she reports her mysterious disappearance to the police, while Faye grills her granddad about his earlier row with Elaine.

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Judge Salas calls for protecting judges’ privacy

Police outside the home where the suspect, Roy Den Hollander, was found dead
Police outside the home where the suspect, Roy Den Hollander, was found dead

A female judge whose son was killed by an “anti-feminist” lawyer has called for protecting the privacy of federal judges in her first public comments.

“This monster knew where I lived…and had a complete dossier on me and my family,” she said.

Roy Den Hollander, dressed as a FedEx delivery man, shot Judge Esther Salas’ son and husband in New Jersey last month before taking his own life.

Authorities believe he targeted Judge Salas over her role as a federal judge.

In an emotional video statement released on Monday, Judge Salas described the incident while urging lawmakers to help protect judges from future attacks.

“My family has experienced a pain that no one should ever have to endure,” she said.

“And I am here asking everyone to help me ensure that no one ever has to experience

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‘A ridiculous threat to our freedoms’

An elderly woman sits in a bus stop on Argyll Street as people are asked to socially distance themselves amid the coronavirus outbreak on March 25, 2020 in Glasgow - Jeff J Mitchell/Getty
An elderly woman sits in a bus stop on Argyll Street as people are asked to socially distance themselves amid the coronavirus outbreak on March 25, 2020 in Glasgow – Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

The news that the shielding programme could be reintroduced for those most at risk from coronavirus has stirred plenty of backlash from Tory MPs and business leaders. 

Under the reported plans, anyone over 50 who is obese, overweight or in ill health could receive a letter in the autumn warning them they are at increased risk and advising them of steps to take to protect themselves. 

While Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has insisted that talk of extending shielding to over-50s is “just speculation”, Tory MPs and business leaders have already warned that the proposals risk damaging the economy and runs contrary to Boris Johnson’s plea to get workers back to the office.

Should shielding measures be extended

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PACs hit Trump for ‘police state,’ racism and Covid in ads targeting Black voters

Two Democratic PACS are using footage of recent police violence against protesters, President Donald Trump’s past comments about Black voters, and images of mass coronavirus graves in new ads aimed at persuading Black voters.

Priorities USA and Color of Change PAC are set to launch five new digital ads — three of them on Monday — in a roughly half-million-dollar buy. It’s part of a larger, $3.4 million persuasion effort focused on Black voters that the two groups are running through the election in Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

One of the ads, titled “Police State,” was rejected by Google last week for its use of videos of police beating, tear gassing and running over demonstrators at protests. The two organizations still plan to run the ad online and are considering other options.

The 30-second ad flashes video of police harming protesters as phrases such as “brute force” and “silencing

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Some autopsies remain secret for years or decades. Families of those killed by police want that changed

Albert Corado holds a photo of his sister, Melyda, who was fatally shot by an LAPD officer in 2018 at the Trader Joe's in Silver Lake. <span class="copyright">(Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)</span>
Albert Corado holds a photo of his sister, Melyda, who was fatally shot by an LAPD officer in 2018 at the Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)

It is a roster of tragedy and violence, a list populated with those famous in life and those plucked from obscurity by the exceptional circumstances of their death.

Elizabeth Short, known as the Black Dahlia, is an enduring member of the list. Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman are still there, as is Susan Berman, the writer who Robert Durst is charged with killing at her Benedict Canyon bungalow. The Notorious B.I.G. was on the list for about 15 years after being killed in a drive-by shooting.

The vast majority are more recent entries, including Andres Guardado, the 18-year-old fatally shot in June by a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy in Gardena.

These are people whose deaths have been

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Virus curfew imposed on Australia’s second-biggest city

Australia imposed an overnight curfew on its second-biggest city Sunday and banned people from moving more than five kilometres from home in a bid to control a growing coronavirus outbreak that is infecting hundreds daily.

Declaring a “state of disaster”, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said Melbourne would move to Stage 4 restrictions until September 13 given “unacceptably high” levels of community transmission.

The harshest rules in Australia to date will see city residents face a curfew from 8 pm to 5 am for the next six weeks. Only those carrying out essential work, or seeking or providing care, will be allowed out.

“The time for leniency, the time for warnings and cautions is over,” Andrews said.

“If you are not at home and you should be, if you have the virus and are just going about your business, you will be dealt with harshly. Lives are at stake.”

Melbourne residents

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Motorists in a jam as Covid-19 leaves them waiting months for DVLA documents

<span>Photograph: John Stillwell/PA</span>
Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

Frustrated car owners have been waiting months for vital documents and left unclear about whether they can legally drive their vehicles because of a backlog of applications caused by the coronavirus crisis.

In the past few months, licence renewals and changes to vehicle registration (V5C) documents have been backing up at the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency’s Swansea offices, leaving thousands of people waiting months to get them back.

Since Guardian Money wrote about the case of a driver struggling to get hold of a car logbook, readers have swamped our Consumer Champions’ inbox with reports of long delays and how impossible it has become to contact the UK government agency.

Those sending off their driving licence or V5C document for routine changes of address report waiting months. Some, with more complex cases, say they have been waiting since January for applications to be dealt with.

While many

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Infection growth slows in California, but deaths surge

California overall is not experiencing the same alarming surge in COVID-19 infections as it did in late June and early July, but record-breaking death tolls reported this week underscore the continued seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic.

California set a new record Wednesday when it reported its highest COVID-19 death toll in a single day with 197 dead. On Thursday, the state reported another 194 deaths, the second highest single-day coronavirus death toll thus far.

Deaths have dramatically increased from the flat-line levels in May and June: As of Friday, an average of 109 people died from the virus in California every day over the last two weeks. Two weeks ago, about 87 people died every day on average over a two-week period.

Some of those deaths, however, may have occurred several days or weeks ago because of the verification process used by local health officials.

In the last week, California

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