Thursday 22 February 2018

In brief: School bus moved from strip club

Officials in South Carolina are moving a school bus stop that was near a strip club after parents complained.

Local reports say children had to wait in a car park of a strip club in the US state in Atlantic Beach to catch the school bus. Misty Umphries, a mother of one of the children, said she had to tell her 4-year-old son what "topless" means.

Hello? Is it Gary you're looking for?

'X Factor' judge Gary Barlow has agreed to step in as a last-minute headliner for a major show in Hyde Park, after Lionel Richie pulled out due to illness.

The Take That idol said Chris Evans asked him to play the London gig, which takes place tomorrow. Barlow added: "I was more than happy to help out."

Harrison worried about feat ahead

Olympic boxing champion Audley Harrison is hoping his size 17 feet do not get in the way of his bid for ballroom glory.

The 6ft 5in heavyweight fighter said he was the "tallest, heaviest and most clumsy" of all the celebrities in this year's 'Strictly Come Dancing'. "I've definitely got rhythm but I have bad balance," he added.

Strachan joins TV nature show

Michaela Strachan is joining the BBC's 'Autumnwatch Live' as a replacement for Kate Humble.

The move means the star will be reunited with her former 'Really Wild Show' co-host Chris Packham, who took over the reins from Bill Oddie in 2009. Strachan will appear alongside Packham and Martin Hughes-Games.

Gaga nominated for equality award

Lady Gaga has been nominated as hero of the year at this year's Stonewall Awards.

The singer, who has been nominated for her campaign work for gay equality, is up against veteran musician Joan Armatrading. The sixth Stonewall Awards ceremony will take place on November 3 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in central London.

Police detain US weapons suspect

Mexican police arrested an American man accused of trafficking grenades and gun parts to one of the country's deadliest drug cartels in a sign the gangs could now be making their own weapons.

Federal police captured Jean Baptiste Kingery last week at a house in the Pacific tourist town of Mazatlan, where they seized a small cache of guns and found a Hummer car parked outside.

Irish Independent

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