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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Hazard for Dukes

The Dukes of Hazzard have come up against the sort of challenge even they can't outrun - anti-Confederate flag protesters.

A US cable network has pulled re-runs of 'The Dukes of Hazzard' TV show amid growing calls for the use of the flag to be ended after nine African-Americans were shot dead in a church massacre. TV Land said it had taken the series off air but did not say why.

Miss USA's new home

THE Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following a backlash against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel.

Reelz CEO Stan E Hubbard said the cable and satellite channel acquired the rights because of a belief that the pageant and the women who compete in it "are an integral part of American tradition."

Eye on evolution

A single-celled blob of marine plankton has evolved a miniature multi-cellular eye similar to that of humans, scientists have discovered.

The "ocelloid" so surprised researchers that originally they mistook it for the eye of an animal the organism had eaten. Lead scientist Greg Gravelis, from the University of British Columbia in Canada, said: "It's an amazingly complex structure for a single-celled organism to have evolved."

Victoria's secret

A pair of Queen Victoria's cotton knickers with a 45-inch waistline could fetch thousands when they go under the hammer next week.

The pants will be sold alongside nightdresses, stockings and hats worn by Queen Victoria and her third child, Princess Alice. All items of clothing, from the Yesterday's World museum in Sussex, England, bear the stamp VR - short for Victoria Regina.

Auctioneers said the clothing is in "excellent" condition.

Political draw

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul is becoming the first major-party presidential candidate to publicly court donations from the marijuana industry.

The Kentucky senator's fundraiser at the Cannabis Business Summit in Colorado comes as the marijuana industry approaches its first US presidential campaign as a legal enterprise.

Though legal marijuana business owners have been active political donors for years, presidential candidates have avoided holding fundraisers made up entirely of them.

Irish Independent

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