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Freddie Mercury’s home is on the market for first time since 1980 minus his ‘exquisite clutter’

LONDON (AP) — Freddie Mercury ’s sanctuary in London, where he lived the last decade of his life, is on sale for the first time in nearly half a century — minus his “exquisite clutter.” Garden Lodge, as the neo-Georgian brick home in the posh Kensington neighborhood is known, is for sale by Knight Frank for offers exceeding 30 million pounds ($38 million). It is not publicly listed. Mercury, the frontman for Queen, bought the house in 1980 — the year the band’s album “The Game,” with hits “Another One Bites the Dust” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” topped the charts. He reportedly paid cash for the property, which was listed for more than 500,000 pounds, according to “Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury.” “I saw the house, fell in love with it, and within a half an hour it was mine,” Mercury boasted, according to the book. Mercury had extensive renovations done to the house and loaded it with precious artwork, including pieces by Picasso, Dalí and Matisse. “I like to be surrounded by splendid things,” Mercury said. “I want to lead the Victorian life, surrounded by exquisite clutter.” Mercury died in the house in 1991 of AIDS-related pneumonia at 45. He left the eight-bedroom villa and all his possessions to his close friend and ex-girlfriend, Mary Austin, who lived there. She has been raking in millions selling his collection of stage costumes, fine art and song lyrics over the past year. The home was put up for sale late last month. “This house has been the most glorious memory box, because it has such love and warmth in every room,” Austin said in a statement. “It has been a joy to live in and I have many wonderful memories here. Now that it is empty, I’m transported back to the first time we viewed it. Ever since Freddie and I stepped through the fabled green door, it has been a place of peace, a true artist’s house, and now is the time to entrust that sense of peace to the next person.” The famous gate to the garden, which was inscribed with graffiti and love notes from fans, was one of 59 of Mercury’s most prized possessions that sold for 12.2 million pounds ($15.4 million) in September. The door brought in 412,750 pounds ($521,000), including a buyer’s premium. Brian Melley, The Associated Press

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Oakland auto shop owner was killed in his store by angry customer, police say

OAKLAND — The man suspected of killing a 68-year-old former farmer’s rights activist and business owner was an irate customer, according to authorities. Robert Leigh Moore, 33, of Oakland, has been charged with murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the Feb. 3 killing of Aristeo Zambrano, a former United Farm Workers advocate who was killed inside the auto shop he owned and operated. Police say Moore was angry with Zambrano over a transaction, possibly related to a car battery that was found out of place, just a few feet from Zambrano’s body. Zambrano’s body was discovered by customers on the morning of Feb. 3, inside Bay City Alternators on International Boulevard. Police say the first clue was the car battery, which was in an unusual place. They later identified Moore as a suspect through video surveillance and by identifying the car Moore allegedly fled to after the shooting. The security footage showed Zambrano’s killer yelling from the counter, then reaching into his sweatshirt, pulling a gun, and firing, police say. After identifying Moore as a suspect, police recovered surveillance footage from the Oakland apartment complex where Moore lived. It showed him leaving his home a few minutes before the shooting, carrying what police believe was the battery found near where Zambrano was killed. The criminal complaint alleges that Moore was convicted in 2020 of battery likely to produce great bodily injury in Contra Costa County, and sentenced to prison. He is being held at Santa Rita Jail without bail, court records show.

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Man says his ‘temporary’ tattoo from Ephemeral studio hasn’t faded after two years

A man has shown how his “temporary” tattoo from Ephemeral Tattoo has lasted much longer than he anticipated. In a viral video shared to TikTok by user Brandon Wake (@heybrandonwakeup), he claimed he received an Ephemeral tattoo “two full years ago” and it has yet to fade away. “Remember a couple years ago when we had those Ephemeral tattoos that were supposed to last only nine to 12 months,” he began his TikTok, which has since been viewed more than one million times. “Well, I got one and I’m here to give you an update,” Wake continued. “It has officially been two full years since I got that temporary tattoo, and this is what it looks like.” He positioned the camera to show off a large deer tattooed onto his upper thigh, noting how Ephemeral tattoos “at the time” were advertised as fully fading away between nine and 15 months after getting the tattoo. “It’s huge, it’s on my thigh,” Wake said, giving the camera a closer look at his deer tattoo. The TikToker alleged that his Ephemeral tattoo was a “scam” and expressed his frustration over the tattoo being visible after two years. “It was a scam. They scammed us,” he said. “What really kills me is not so much that I was scammed but that I’m going to have a very ugly-looking fading tattoo for way longer than I ever would’ve thought, maybe even up to a year.” Wake said he felt “lied to” by the tattoo studio but added that Ephemeral “went out of business” in September 2023. Ephemeral Tattoo, a Brooklyn-based tattoo studio, opened in 2021 promising real tattoos that fade within a year. The shop claimed its “revolutionary ink” was specially formulated to fade, with co-owners Brennal Pierre and Vandan Shah previously telling Harper’s Bazaar that their ink was “biocompatible and biodegradable” to break down over time. The ink was reportedly “made of a medical grade solution with carefully selected pigments that allow your body to naturally remove it over time,” and was developed by both “PhDs in chemical engineering and top dermatologists”. Pierre and Shah, who both hold PhDs in chemical engineering from New York University, said that they began the process of creating the special ink in 2014, and that they tried and tested 50 formulas during that time. Upon opening in 2021, the company told customers that Ephemeral ink was “designed to fade” in about nine to 15 months. However, hundreds of former customers later complained that their Ephemeral tattoos took much longer than 15 months to completely fade away. In February 2023, the company sent out an email to customers with updated guidelines and product expectations. In the letter, CEO Jeff Liu noted that “70 per cent of all Ephemerals will disappear in under two years” or longer, based on the tattoo’s design and body placement. He also introduced the company’s “Regret Nothing Guarantee”, which offered customers a refund if their tattoo lasted longer than three years. “While fade times vary, your Ephemeral will 100 per cent fade away. To minimise ambiguity, we promise your money back if your tattoo lasts longer than three years,” Liu said. While Ephemeral Tattoo’s website once claimed its tattoos would be “gone in a year”, according to the New York Times, the company’s website has since been updated with the tagline: “Real Tattoos. Fade Within Three Years.” Speaking to Refinery29 in December, the CEO acknowledged that customers were left “disappointed” by the company’s original marketing claim that Ephemeral tattoos would fade away within nine to 15 months. “It’s important for me to take responsibility for that,” Liu told the outlet. “It’s important for us to hear the feedback, have that conversation, and use that feedback to get better over time. Our newest fade durations reflect that.” In a statement to The Independent, Liu said that Ephemeral Tattoo remains committed to being “transparent” with customers about tattoo variability and fade duration. “With over 20,000 customers to-date, we know we bear a big responsibility to have the safest and most reliable tattoo product possible in the world. We consider any disappointed customer to be a major shortcoming on our part,” said Liu in an email. “Despite doing our best to educate customers on the number of variables they can experience with Ephemeral tattoos (not unlike permanent tattoos), the ultimate product goal at Ephemeral is to reduce that variability in tattoo healing, ink vibrancy, ink usability and of course, fade duration experiences.” Liu emphasised that Ephemeral ink is the “only naturally disappearing tattoo ink in the world” and has undergone nine years of research, development, and “major improvement cycles”. “While it doesn’t change any disappointment past customer experiences may have had, the truth is the newest Ephemeral ink iterations on the market have greatly reduced the variability customers can expect,” he said. “And while there will certainly be more product innovation on the horizon, customers can continue to expect that Ephemeral’s product claims will continue being transparent, context rich and reflective of the actual data available.” Ephemeral Tattoos announced in September last year that it was closing all studios throughout the United States. Customers received an email and the company posted a “New Chapter” update on Instagram, sharing that it will be selling Ephemeral ink to existing tattoo studios and artists. “Our studios have welcomed 20,000 customers. Thank you to those of you who have come through our studio doors and the artists and customer experience team for bringing the brand to life,” Ephemeral Tattoos said at the time. “We’re incredibly proud of what we built in a short time.”

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Sports Illustrated to continue print editions under reported 10-year deal with new publisher

Sports Illustrated will resume publishing after its owner reached a new rights deal with digital media company Minute Media, which will reportedly operate the magazine for at least 10 years. Monday’s announcement comes nearly two months after owner Authentic Brands terminated its publishing deal with The Arena Group, which led to mass layoffs at the venerable sports magazine. Minute Media, best known for its sports sites The Players’ Tribune and FanSided, said it reached a long-term partnership with Authentic Brands to “usher in the future of the [Sports Illustrated] brand.” “Sports Illustrated is the gold standard for sports journalism and has been for nearly 70 years across both print and digital media. The weight and power of that distinction cannot be understated,” Minute Media founder and CEO Asaf Peled said in a statement. “At Minute Media, our focus will be to take that legacy into new, emerging channels enhancing visibility, commercial viability and sustainable impact, all while ensuring that the [Sports Illustrated] team is inspired to flourish in this new era of media,” he said. There are plans for the publication’s print edition to continue for at least a decade under its new ownership, according to The New York Times, which first broke the story. “We are confident that going forward, the brand will continue to evolve and grow in a way that serves sports news readers, sports fans and consumers,” the statement said. As part of the deal, Authentic will also acquire an equity stake in Minute Media.

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Police say missing college student Riley Strain’s bank card found near Nashville-area river

The Metro Nashville Police Department in Tennessee said the bank card of missing University of Missouri college student Riley Strain was found near the Cumberland River on Sunday afternoon. Police posted on X, formerly Twitter, that “Riley Strain’s bank card was discovered this afternoon on the embankment between Gay St. And the Cumberland River. The search for him continues.” A body was also reported to be floating down the Cumberland River around 1 p.m. on Sunday, but Nashville Fire Department officials told Fox 17 that the body does not match Strain’s description. LUKE BRYAN’S NASHVILLE BAR SAYS COLLEGE STUDENT HAD 1 ALCOHOLIC DRINK, 2 WATERS BEFORE REMOVAL, DISAPPEARANCE Strain, a senior at the University of Missouri, was last seen around 10 p.m. March 8 walking along Gay Street “after drinking downtown” at country singer Luke Bryan’s bar on Broadway Street, according to his family and the Metro Nashville Police Department. The University of Missouri senior was visiting Nashville with his fraternity brothers for a spring formal trip, according to Fox 17 Nashville. Strain was reportedly kicked out of the bar on the evening of March 8 after staff felt he had too much to drink. Strain told his friends he would walk back to their hotel, Tempo by Hilton, which is about five blocks from Luke’s 32 Bridge, Fox 17 reported. NASHVILLE POLICE, FAMILY OF MISSING COLLEGE STUDENT SPEAK TO HOMELESS PEOPLE NEAR RIVER WHO MAY HAVE SEEN HIM The TC Restaurant Group, which manages Luke’s 32 Bridge, released a statement to Fox News Digital saying they were working with police and providing detailed accounts of Strain’s interactions in their establishment. “During Riley’s visit to Luke’s 32 Bridge, our records show he purchased and was served one alcoholic drink and two waters. At 9:35 p.m., our security team made a decision based on our conduct standards to escort him from the venue through our Broadway exit at the front of our building. He was followed down the stairs with one member of his party. The individual with Riley did not exit and returned upstairs,” the group said. Strain’s phone last pinged between 10 and 10:30 p.m. in the area of Public Square Park, located near the sheriff’s office and the Cumberland River, according to FOX 17. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Authorities are asking anyone with information about Riley’s disappearance to call 615-862-8600. Fox News Digital’s Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.

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Suzuki Alto Price in Pakistan 2024 | Images, Specs & Features

The Suzuki Alto price in Pakistan varies between PKR 2,251,000 to PKR 2,935,000, depending on the variant. This four-wheeler is accessible in four different models; Suzuki Alto VX, Suzuki Alto VXR, Suzuki Alto VXR AGS, and Suzuki Alto VXL AGS. These variants differ in terms of some specific traits and the price range. The Suzuki Alto has been a favored option in Pakistan for its small size, fuel efficiency, and reasonable price range. The 2024 model resumes this convention, placing itself as an affordable choice in the hatchback market. Recognized for its reliable performance and frugal pricing, the Alto 2024 strives to satisfy the assorted necessities of Pakistani car buyers. The Suzuki Alto car price in Pakistan shows their devotion to fulfilling their commitment to affordability. The starting cost of the standard model is very attractive, making it a significant chance for individuals and families in search of a pocket-friendly car. Although it’s priced competitively, the Alto still delivers an assortment of characteristics and options, permitting customers to customize their purchase to serve their demands. The Alto car Pakistan price across Pakistan in its various variants is mentioned in the table below. Suzuki Alto Colors The Suzuki car Alto comes in seven alluring hues. Here they are. Solid WhiteGraphite GrayPearl RedSilky SilverSand BeigePearl BlackCerulean Blue The Suzuki Alto Attributes and Specifications The traits and specifications of the Alto car model are listed in the table below. Suzuki Alto Benefits and Weaknesses Some considerable edges and flaws of the Suzuki Alto are.

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Bulletproof windows and ‘bunga bunga’: Berlusconi’s palace to be used by world’s press

The first and only time Silvio Berlusconi held a news conference at the Italian Foreign Press Association in Rome was in November 1993. The businessman told journalists he had no desire whatsoever to enter politics, and hoped he would never be forced to. But when the correspondents probed further, particularly about his friendship with Gianfranco Fini, the leader of the National Alliance, a descendant of the neofascist Italian Social Movement, he accused them all of being “communists” – the ultimate insult, from those on the right in Italy – against anyone with leftwing leanings. Just a few months later Berlusconi won his first election as part of a coalition that included National Alliance. “He presented as a businessman, knowing full well he was going to enter politics and this was a way of getting exposure in the world’s press,” said Chris Warde-Jones, a photographer who was at the press conference. “But he resented being questioned.” The three-time Italian prime minister never returned to speak at the Foreign Press Association in Rome. Invitations over the years were refused on the grounds that he found foreign newspapers “offensive”. All of which makes the association’s move in March into the first floor of Berlusconi’s Rome residence for 25 years, all the more ironic. Correspondents who for the best part of a century were able to work from a headquarters provided by the Italian state are now based in a 16th-century palazzo where the late politician, who died last year, held his most important political meetings – and some of his notorious “bunga bunga” sex parties. Journalists will stroll along the same corridor where Vladimir Putin played fetch with Dudù, Berlusconi’s much-loved white poodle. Some will scramble to meet their deadlines in the same room that housed Joseph Stalin’s bed – a gift from Putin to his longtime friend. They will visit the bathroom where women invited by Berlusconi to the palazzo posed for mirror selfies. Berlusconi held sway over Italian politics for almost three decades, and, while he had a hate-hate relationship with the foreign press, he kept them busy. When in Rome, Palazzo Grazioli, which was constantly staked out by huddles of journalists and photographers, was at the centre of it all. Berlusconi rented the home from its owner, the noble Grazioli family, until 2021, when he moved to the more tranquil Appia Antica area. Some of the remaining aspects of Palazzo Grazioli give insight into the fears he had for his safety – a number of rooms are fitted with bulletproof windows. A fitted wardrobe shields a “secret” door providing Berlusconi with an emergency escape route. Rome’s Foreign Press Association, which has more than 300 members, moves in on 25 March following an inauguration on Tuesday by the Italian president, Sergio Mattarella. That foreign correspondents have an official place to work in their host country is a rarity. When the association was formed in 1912, correspondents for 27 newspapers, including the Daily Express and Echo de Paris, worked in a cafe down the road. In 1936, they moved to Via Mercedes in a building provided by Benito Mussolini’s government, a gesture seen as a way for the fascist dictator to keep watch over the foreign press. There they remained until 2001, when they transferred to a building near the Trevi fountain that is now being turned into a five-star hotel. There was much anguish over finding a new home until Palazzo Grazioli came along, almost by fluke. “We saw about 15 buildings,” said Gustav Hofer, a correspondent for the TV network Arte and member of the association’s management board. “I joked with the property broker: ‘How about Berlusconi’s ex-home?’ He took it seriously and said ‘let me look into it’.” On first stepping into Palazzo Grazioli, Hofer said it still contained “the spirit of Berlusconi”. “There was even a piece of paper listing his order of clothing, and tailor measurements, in a wardrobe,” he added. Berlusconi also left behind pieces of old, heavy furniture, which were moved out to make way for bright, open-planned offices, conferences rooms and a bar and restaurant designed by Serena Mignatti, an architect who designed the home in Rome of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. “The Italian state is very proud to have the story of Italy told so broadly by people from across the world,” said Esma Çakir, the president of the Rome Foreign Press Association and correspondent for the Turkish news channel NTV. “We have a 360 degrees view of the country, from food and culture to politics and the economy.” She said the association had received a flurry of requests from people wanting to hold press conferences and other events at Palazzo Grazioli. “It will be a prestigious place to meet,” she added. While Italy’s far-right prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, is yet to give a press conference to the association, she did attend a recent informal dinner with correspondents, during which she quipped: “I don’t know what Berlusconi would be thinking, from up there … about this bunch of communists, as he would say, moving into Palazzo Grazioli.” Çakir said: “Being accused of being communists means we are doing our job well, and this is a good thing.”

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