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LA socialite Rebecca Grossman accused of conspiring with her husband and daughter in jailhouse calls to influence witnesses, jury, judge and ex-Yankee pitcher lover

The Los Angeles socialite who mowed down two young brothers in a drunken hit-and-run has been accused of conspiring with her husband and daughter from behind bars in a bid to get a new trial. Rebecca Grossman, the wife of renowned plastic surgeon Peter Grossman, was found guilty on Feb. 23 of all counts over the Sept. 29, 2020, crash that killed two young brothers Mark Iskander, 11, and Jacob Iskander, 8. She faces 34 years to life in prison at sentencing. Prosecutors now believe she’s been calling her husband and her teenage daughter from jail in a desperate bid to have them influence witnesses, the jury, the judge and her ex-lover, the Daily Mail reports. Deputy District Attorneys for LA County Ryan Gould and Jamie Castro have now filed a motion providing calls Grossman made to her husband Peter and her 19-year-old daughter Alexis. Prosecutors fear that Grossman may have asked the pair to track down key players in the case to sway Judge Joseph Brandolino toward giving her a new trial. What’s more, Grossman allegedly told Alexis to publicly release a body-camera video worn by a deputy. The footage was sealed by Judge Brandolino. Grossman allegedly wrote a letter to the little boys’ mother after she was found guilty last month. Nancy and Karim Iskander, the parents of the two boys tragically killed in the ordeal, said they received the letter from Grossman on March 13. They have asked the county to step in and bar Grossman from contacting them. Elsewhere, at least two jurors said they were contacted by Paul Stuckey, a private investigator “for the family.” “This investigator did not properly identify” which family he was working for, the outlet adds. It is unclear how Stuckley got his hands on the jurors contact information, and deputies argue that the only possible way was for him to access a pre-sealing jury list, which is both jury tampering and illegally having personal information of jurors. Deputies are now seeking to have Grossman barred from receiving visitors who are not on her legal team, and want her mail checked, according to the Los Angeles Times. Grossman is accused of using her phone privileges to engage in “potentially illegal conduct.” “These calls include admissions to violating the court protective order regarding the disclosure of evidence on the internet and to the press,” the filing states. In court last month, prosecutors said Grossman, 62, was racing her ex-MLB lover Scott Erickson, who was in another car, after a boozed-up lunch. Mark and Jacob were crossing the street in the crosswalk with their mother and youngest brother when Grossman slammed into them and fled, leaving the boys for dead. The socialite slammed into the boys with such force that the older brother flew more than 250 feet. Prosecutors presented evidence that the data recorder in Grossman’s white Mercedes showed she was speeding at up to 81 mph and tapped her brakes, slowing her to 73 mph, less than two seconds before a collision that set off her airbags. Nancy Iskander was at the tragic scene and only narrowly saved herself and her then-5-year-old son Zachary from the same fate. Grossman — who blew a 0.076% and had Valium in her system — denied killing the boys throughout her trial.

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Trump hints he could deport Prince Harry from US if he wins election in GB News interview trailer

This is the first look at Donald Trump’s GB News interview with Nigel Farage in which the former president hints he could depart Prince Harry over controversy he may have taken drugs previously. The Duke of Sussex revealed in his autobiography Spare that he had taken cocaine, cannabis and magic mushrooms. When asked by Mr Farage if there would be any “special privileges” for the Prince, Trump said: “If they know something about the drugs and if he lied, they will have to take appropriate action.” The full interview will air on GB News at 7pm on 19 March.

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Don’t miss this deal to visit Discovery Point and Verdant Works

This offer on Verdant Works and Discovery Point Dundee tickets will have you returning to Dundee’s top-rated attractions again and again. About partnership content Some Courier online content is funded by outside parties. The revenue from this helps to sustain our independent news gathering. You will always know if you are reading paid-for material as it will be clearly labelled as “Partnership” on the site and on social media channels, This can take two different forms. “Presented by” This means the content has been paid for and produced by the named advertiser. “In partnership with” This means the content has been paid for and approved by the named advertiser but written and edited by our own commercial content team. Did you know that if you buy a ticket to Discovery Point or Verdant Works, you can keep visiting with that same ticket for an entire year? It’s an amazing deal, especially for families looking for fun, interesting and educational things to do in Dundee. “We are doing our best to be affordable at a time of crisis. We want to encourage people to keep coming back to our attractions,” said Ashleigh Pink, commercial director at Dundee Heritage Trust, the independent charity that looks after Discovery Point, the Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery and Verdant Works Museum. Children go free at Verdant Works Museum, with both attractions offering high quality learning activities to thousands of school children, local community members and tourists every year. Aside from their recognised collections of over 9,000 items and award-winning learning programmes, the charity host events like exciting exhibitions, workshops and talks at their museums. For Dundee Heritage Trust, it’s essential to preserve these local landmarks to remind people of the city’s rich history and industrial heritage. Rare look at Discovery’s parts Discovery Point is the home of the internationally significant RRS Discovery. It’s the first vessel to be built specifically for scientific research and it was made in Dundee, once a major whaling centre. Now is a great time to visit as essential works are being done to preserve Captain Scott’s famous ship, as visitors are welcomed aboard Discovery to see traditional heritage engineering undertaken. As part of the efforts, the ship’s two cuddies, each weighing close to two tonnes, were moved for the first time in nearly 30 years. The cuddies housed the ship’s toilets; one was reserved only for the 12 officers while the other was shared by more than 30 crew. The cuddies, the spanker boom (i.e. the horizontal beam holding the sail at the mizzen mast) and the rudder will all be temporarily displayed on the visitor side of the compound while the restoration is ongoing. It’s a rare chance for visitors to see them up close. In 1901, Discovery’s crew braved the elements to reach Antarctica, leading to groundbreaking findings like the discovery of more than 500 new kinds of marine animals, shellfish and spiders. In fact, they were the first to see an Emperor Penguin rookery and to obtain an egg of the species. Dundee’s world-class industrial past Dundee Heritage Trust’s other attraction, Verdant Works is also worth visiting. It’s a jute mill that’s been beautifully refurbished to tell the story of Dundee’s illustrious past as the 19th century jute capital of the world. Hundreds of people once worked there to produce the precious fibre used around the globe to make sacks for food or cloth for tents. Verdant Works is now considered one of Scotland’s most important textile museums. Ashleigh said: “When you speak to Dundonians, they all have links to the jute trade. It’s amazing how passionate the people of Dundee are about making sure that places like this stay open and available for generations to come.”

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Alexander Moiseev: What we know about the film college graduate Putin has handed his navy to

Admiral Alexander Moiseev has been presented at an official ceremony as acting chief of the Russian navy. Russia’s state RIA news agency report he has replaced Nikolai Yevmenov as commander-in-chief of Russia’s navy. The news comes as Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu ordered the Black Sea navy to strengthen the protection of its facilities and conduct regular drills on how to repel attacks on its ships. Shoigu visited the navy‘s command centre on Sunday after Russia‘s Black Sea navy came under frequent attacks from Ukrainian forces. Moiseev was born on April 16, 1962 in Kaliningrad. He graduated from a film college in the region and was drafted into the Soviet Army in 1981. He studied at the Alexander Popov Naval Institute of Radio Electronics in St Petersburg, graduating in 1987. He graduated from the Russian navy officer course in 1995. In 2003 he received honours from the Kuznetsov Naval Academy in St. Petersburg and in 2011 he graduated from the military academy of the General Staff. For more than 29 years, he served on nuclear submarines. He served on the Delta-class of Soviet nuclear powered ballistic missile submarines as part of the Northern Fleet. State news agency TASS said he was an engineer in the computing group and then commander of the radio engineering combat unit (BCH-7) of the K-117 Bryansk submarine. In 1994, he was transferred to the K18 Delta-class Karelia as senior assistant commander for combat control. He was awarded the Order of Courage for his participation in an operation in the North Pole. He was made a Hero of Russia in 2011. From 1995, he served as senior assistant to the commander of the K-117, and than from 1997 as commander of the second crew of the K-407 submarine. While commander of the K-407, he oversaw the launch of the Shtil-1 launch vehicle from the Barents Sea. He rose swiftly through the ranks in the Northern fleet before being appointed deputy chief of the general staff. In 2018, he was appointed acting commander and then commander of the Black Sea Fleet. In 2019, he was appointed commander of the Northern Fleet when the previous commander, Yevmenov, was made commander of the navy.

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Unilever to cut 7,500 jobs worldwide and spin off ice cream business

Unilever has announced plans to spin off its Ben & Jerry’s ice cream division and cut around 7,500 jobs globally as part of a major group-wide shake-up. The firm, which also produces Marmite and Dove soap, said the jobs affected would be largely office-based as it looks to invest in artificial intelligence (AI) and IT to boost productivity and save around 800 million euro (£684 million) over the next three years. The roles are expected to go over the next two years, although staff will be consulted about the cuts. Unilever did not reveal how many jobs would go in each country but it is expected that its 6,000-strong UK workforce will be among those affected. The company, which is headquartered in Blackfriars, London, has 128,000 employees globally. The firm also revealed the overhaul would see it spin off its ice cream business – which also includes Wall’s and Magnum brands – most likely through a separate stock market listing. The group’s bosses confirmed that AI would “play a role” in the jobs cull as part of a “comprehensive” programme to invest in technology. It said it was too early to give details on the types of jobs that would be affected, given the need to consult with staff, but confirmed roles would go across sites including its head office and corporate centres. The group’s UK footprint includes its London HQ and a site in Leatherhead, although it is planning to relocate both to a new base in Kingston, London, next year. Chief executive Hein Schumacher said: “Under the growth action plan we have committed to do fewer things better, and with greater impact. “The changes we are announcing today will help us accelerate that plan.” He added: “We are very aware how unsettling this will be for our people around the world. “We are committed to carrying out the process with respect and care for those impacted”. Unilever said while the ice cream arm would likely be demerged via a stock market listing, it would consider other options to “maximise returns for shareholders”. It has not yet decided whether the ice cream arm would be listed in London or the Netherlands, where the division is currently headquartered. The group will kick-start the demerger process immediately, with full separation set to be completed by the end of next year. The ice cream division delivered turnover of 7.9 billion euro (£6.8 billion) last year, but Unilever said it differed from the rest of the group due to its seasonal sales nature, while it also has a frozen supply chain and “high capital requirements”. The decision to demerge the ice cream business comes in the wake of Unilever appointing billionaire activist US investor Nelson Peltz to the board in 2022. But Mr Schumacher – who replaced Alan Jope as chief executive last July – played down suggestions that the move followed pressure from Mr Peltz, saying: “We really need to see it as a board decision and as him being part of that.” While the group-wide overhaul is expected to deliver significant savings, it will cost the firm about 1.2% of group sales over the next three years. The ice cream business accounts for around 16% of global sales and up to 40% of turnover in some countries. Ian Meakins, chairman of Unilever, said: “The separation of ice cream and the delivery of the productivity programme will help create a simpler, more focused, and higher performing Unilever. “It will also create a world-leading ice cream business, with strong growth prospects and an exciting future as a standalone business.”

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BBC’s Glenn Campbell rescued by helicopter after taking ill on Scots mountain

BBC Scotland presenter Glenn Campbell has thanked emergency services after he was airlifted to hospital on Sunday when taking ill on a Scots mountain. The broadcaster, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year, was rescued by emergency services after becoming unwell just 10 minutes into a hike to climb Meall Nan Tarmachan in the Highlands. Fellow hikers raised the alarm as volunteers from Killin Mountain Rescue Team, Tayside Mountain Rescue Team, as well as Police Scotland and Scottish Ambulance Service crew came to the scene. The 46-year-old was treated at the scene before being airlifted by Rescue 199. He was checked over my medical staff before rturning home. Glenn said: “I was sorry not be be able to climb Meall Nan Tarmachan on Sunday because I became unwell ten minutes walk from the Ben Lawers car park. “I am very grateful to my experienced hiking partner and other walkers for making me comfortable on the hill and to the emergency services for their impressive response”. Glenn opened up about his brain cancer diagnosis last year and has said it will likely kill him. has been off air since a bike accident in June left him with 10 broken ribs. The cancer was found after the nasty fall and he has said he feels incredibly lucky after tests revealed his rare illness responds better to treatment than most brain cancers. Now the veteran journalist is turning the spotlight on a disease that he says gets little funding and not enough research. Killin MRT said in a post on Facebook: “The team were called out to a medical emergency in the Ben Lawers area. Together with colleagues from Tayside Mountain Rescue Team, the casualty was treated on scene before being airlifted by Rescue 199. “We wish the casualty well. And thanks to all our volunteers today.” Don’t miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond – Sign up to our daily newsletter here.

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Ewan McGregor’s response after being accused of forgetting his Scottish roots

Ewan McGregor has opened up about leaving Scotland at the age of 17, admitting that he’s been slammed in the past for forgetting his roots. The Obi-Wan Kenobi star revealed that he is often told to ‘remember where I come from’, but reassured fans he is Scottish ‘wherever I am in the world’. The 52-year-old was born in Perthshire, but packed his bags and moved from the UK across the pond in 2008. Speaking to the Radio Times, he revealed: “I left Scotland at 17 to go to drama school in London. I haven’t lived in Britain since 2008, I’ve been living in the States. “It was hard to leave. There’s a sense you’re turning your back. “People in Scotland to this day tell me to remember where I come from. I know where I come from! “I don’t need anybody to remind me. It’s this feeling of you’re not Scottish enough. “I’m Scottish wherever I am in the world. I’m always Scottish!” The star – who recently purchased an impressive £2.3 million mansion in Perthshire – is set to appear in the upcoming Paramount+ TV series A Gentleman In Moscow alongside his second wife, Mary Elizabeth Winstead. He will play Alexander Rostov in the historical fiction drama about a Russian aristocrat who is spared from death and put under house arrest during the Bolshevik Revolution. Whilst chatting to Radio Times, he admitted how important he believes an intimacy coordinator is whilst on set – even when working with his wife. “It’s still necessary, because it’s also about the crew, and it’s odd to be naked in front of people, it’s odd to be intimate in front of the camera. “If you were doing a dance scene, you’d have a choreographer. “It’s an important part of the work now because it’s somebody that the director and actors meet in the middle.” The Scot previously opened up on his embarrassment whilst filming sex scenes. When he filmed the Netflix series Halston, he worked on set with an intimacy coach for the first time in his career, admitting he was fed up with directors telling him to “just do whatever”, which he labelled “embarrassing” and “not fair on either actor”. The actor said: “This [Halston] was the first thing I’ve ever done where we had an intimacy coordinator. “It was such a relief, and it’s about time.” Get the latest celebrity gossip and telly news sent straight to your inbox. Sign up to our daily Showbiz newsletter here.

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Rutherglen Post Office finally moves into new premises after ‘wilful fire’ delay

The Rutherglen Post Office has finally moved into its new premises today after a ‘wilful fire’ tore through the premises and delayed the opening. The Main Street branch opened next door in the former empty Superbuys, now Homekind, premises after it underwent a full refit to incorporate a hardware store alongside the Rutherglen Post Office. An automatic entrance door has been installed and a portable ramp is available for use. There will be three Post Office counters, one screened, one open plan and a Post Office serving point, with a similar range of products and services available. Steven Simpson, Post Office Network Provision Manager, said: “We are delighted to have a permanent Post Office for Rutherglen again. “The new-look premises for a Post Office and hardware shop are great and the much longer opening hours make it more convenient for customers to pop in.” This has been delayed for nearly two months after the ground floor of the new store went up in flames on January 14, with the area also being without a Post Office since March 4 as the previous branch shut down. The grand opening scheduled for January 29 had to be rescheduled due to the incident – that fortunately no one was hurt in. Officers, special resources, and four fire engines raced to the scene to extinguish the fire. The blaze was being treated by police as “wilful,” and they had made a plea for anyone with information to come forward. Prior to the move, the Rutherglen Post Office had been operated on behalf of a temporary postmaster. This action, together with the appointment of Farah Akhtar as postmistress, represents a long-term solution for the Post Office. The Akhtar family has owned and run several businesses in Rutherglen for over 40 years, including hardware, clothing, and newsagents. Farah previously spoke about her relief that the Post Office now opening. She said: “We have been delayed because of the fire, which was really disturbing. “We are just relieved and very grateful that we now have an opening date, so hopefully we can achieve that. “The shop is all fitted out and we are working around the clock to get it stocked.” The opening hours for the main counters will be Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 9am to 4pm. The Post Office serving point, offering selected services, will be open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 9pm. This will be an extra 25 hours and 30 minutes of Post Office service a week, including earlier opening and later closing. *Don’t miss the latest headlines from around Lanarkshire. Sign up to our newsletters here. And did you know Lanarkshire Live had its own app? Download yours for free here.

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Woman’s estate must repay pension money over receipt of farm subsidies

The High Court has upheld a decision that a woman’s estate is liable to repay €51,700 for over-payments of the non-contributory pension. A judge’s ruling outlined how the woman — a widow without children — was assessed in early 2006 as having a weekly income of €37 from her farming and a negative balance in her bank account.

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The next James Bond: Role of iconic British spy offered to Aaron Taylor-Johnson – report

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is reportedly set to be the next actor to play the fictional spy. The 33-year-old British star, who rose to fame as a superhero in Kick-Ass and played John Lennon in Nowhere Boy, has been touted as the next 007 for some time after Chester-born Daniel Craig stepped down. The Sun reported that Eon Productions, which has made most of the films in the series adapted from Ian Fleming’s novels, has offered Taylor-Johnson the main role. The newspaper said he is likely to sign the contract and start filming this year at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. On Monday, a bookmaker said the actor, from High Wycombe, is still favourite to replace Craig, who bowed out of the franchise in 2021’s No Time To Die. The odds put him ahead of Man Of Steel and The Witcher star Henry Cavill, Snowfall actor Damson Idris, and have added Lady Macbeth star Cosmo Jarvis after he starred in Disney+ Japan-set mini series Shogun. Irish actors Paul Mescal and Barry Keoghan have both previously been the subject of Bond speculation. Taylor-Johnson has just finished Marvel superhero film Kraven The Hunter after playing the title character and Spider-Man villain. He is also set to appear in The Fall Guy, starring Ryan Gosling. Last week, he was asked about Bond by Numero Magazine and said: “I find it charming and wonderful that people see me in that role. I take it as a great compliment.” Previously, 007 film series actor Rory Kinnear and young Bond author Charlie Higson have rubbished the idea of a “frontrunner” for Bond being the person who ends up playing them. Kinnear, 46, has starred in the last four Bond films, first appearing in Quantum Of Solace in 2008 as MI6 chief of staff Bill Tanner. He told The One Show in January last year: “I always feel slightly bad for the people who are being highlighted, because that never tends to be them. They (Eon) are very good at keeping the real person secret.” Higson, who is also an actor and has written the young Bond series, told the PA news agency in May 2023 that if an actor is talked about as “being considered” as the next 007 “you know that they’ve been rejected”. He also said: “Eon (Productions), who make the films, play their cards very close to the chest and a lot of times they really surprise people… in particular, Daniel Craig. Nobody had any idea at all that he might be Bond and, if you’d been asked in advance, you’d have said ‘Daniel Craig, James Bond? Surely not’.” Taylor-Johnson previously appeared in Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Nocturnal Animals. He has two daughters with wife Sam Taylor-Johnson, who is more than 20 years his senior, as well as two stepdaughters. The couple met on the set of Nowhere Boy, which she was directing.

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