FILE - This 1986 FBI file photos show New England mobster James "Whitey" Bulger. Officials with the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Bulger died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in a West Virginia prison after being sentenced in 2013 in Boston to spend the rest of his life in prison. A lawyer who represented James "Whitey" Bulger is blaming the notorious Boston gangster's death on decisions made by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. said in a statement Tuesday that Bulger "was sentenced to life in prison, but as a result of decisions by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, that sentence has been changed to the death penalty." Carney said he had no further comment.
Stephen Hawking predicted the Earth would turn into a hothouse planet like Venus as a result of President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement. In an interview with BBC on Sunday, the Cambridge University professor and physicist said Trump's action could lead to irreversible climate change, pushing "Earth over the brink." "We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible," Hawking told BBC News. "Trump's action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees, and raining sulphuric acid." Since 2009, NASA has been working to discover Earth-like planets that can support life.
This week, the author Curtis Sittenfeld tweeted that it feels like we are now living in her 2005 novel Prep--and she did not mean it in a good way. The book is set at a fictional elite New England boarding school, a place not altogether unlike Georgetown Prep, the Maryland high school that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attended. One of the book's major themes is its main character and narrator's difficulty adjusting to the school's rarified culture, and in a subsequent tweet, Sittenfeld highlighted a passage in which Prep's narrator talked about turning to old yearbooks as a way to decipher the school's exotic-seeming ways: "[T]hey were like an atlas for the school. Sittenfeld articulated something that almost anyone who's ever paged through a yearbook can attest to, which is that there's something transfixing about these keepsakes. I know I spent hours poring over the yearbook of a friend's older sibling in my early teens, before I started high school and became a yearbook editor myself.
Paul Joseph Watson, popularly known as Paul Watson, is an English YouTube personality, radio host, writer, editor and conspiracy theorist. He has been described as'alt-right' by various publications, though he does not associate himself with the label. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, he identifies himself as the'New Right' and publishes content critical of Islam, feminism, pop culture and left-wing politics. Watson was born on May 24, 1982 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England and grew up on a council estate there. In an interview with the Tab, Watson said he didn't have a particularly conventional adolescence, which gave him time to think about what he wanted to do with his existence rather than wasting time and trying to be cool.
Donald Trump has made a lot of threats about suing the media, which he calls dishonest and in league with his rival, Hillary Clinton. On Sunday, he said he would like to make it easier to win such lawsuits. Trump, in an interview with WFOR-TV in Miami, pointed to Britain's libel laws as a model. "In England, you have a good chance of winning," he said. "And deals are made and apologies are made.