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“American Vandal” Is Like “Serial,” But with Dick Jokes

As a person who mostly finds true crime unwatchable, and who also laughs every time she sees the number 69, I received Netflix’s new mockumentary series “American Vandal” with a sense of intimate recognition that felt a little like love. I would stand outside this show’s door in the snow and hold up love letters in its preferred language—a series of posters spray-painted with stubby genitalia. “American Vandal,” an eight-episode true-crime parody that escalates at the pace and rhythm of sketch comedy, is the creation of Tony Yacenda and Dan…

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US comedian and activist Dick Gregory dies aged 84

US comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory has died at the age of 84, his family has announced. Gregory died at hospital in Washington DC after being admitted with an undisclosed illness. The family shared the news of their “enormous sadness” in a post on social media on Saturday. From the 1960s Gregory mocked racism in his stand-up routines. He was among the first US black comedian to perform regularly in front of white audiences. “It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic…

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Cressida Dick: Met chief will 'bear down' on violent crime

The new commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has promised to “bear down” on large rises in violent crime in London. Gun offences surged by 42% in the capital between April 2016 and April 2017, and knife crime went up by 24%. Cressida Dick said the figures “worry” her, and that tackling the two crimes will be a priority. She also warned there would have to be “some changes” to security following the Westminster terror attack. The annual statistics released by the Met last week showed there were 2,544 gun crimes…

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Cressida Dick appointed as first female Met Police chief

Cressida Dick is the new Metropolitan Police commissioner, becoming the first woman to take charge of London’s police force in its 188-year history. She succeeds Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who announced his retirement last year. Ms Dick, previously the national policing lead on counter-terrorism, said she was “thrilled and humbled”. But her appointment was criticised by the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was wrongly shot dead during an operation she led in 2005. The Brazilian electrician was killed two weeks after the 7/7 London Bombings when he was mistakenly…

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