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The Inquisitr offers a constantly updated mix of the latest stories to hit the web, covering news, entertainment, technology, news, sport, health and everything else.

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    A man holds up a finger to his face with a Hitler-esque mustache drawn on it.

    He’s probably a long-shot to win, but Vancouver mayoral candidate Jason Lamarche made one important move last week before an important meeting of the candidates — he shaved off his mustache.

    It’s unclear whether the move will help his chances — Lamarche has garnered just 11 votes in a Vancouver Sun online poll so far, out of more than 3,600 votes cast. Male candidates generally like to keep a clean look, as reporting from The Conversation pointed out in 2015.

    Lamarche’s decision to shave wouldn’t ordinarily be a big deal, except for the fact that he previously sported a mustachioed look that was made famous by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, according to reporting from Vice.

    Lamarche trimmed the Hitler-esque mustache before last Friday, when the candidates gathered at City Hall in Vancouver to “draw” the order in which they’d be placed on the ballot. Lamarche drew an extremely fortunate position — he’ll be listed first on the ballot that residents receive.

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    Comedian and the man who was once known as “America’s Dad” Bill Cosby has been to sentenced to 3 to 10 years imprisonment and declared a “sexually violent predator” after being found guilty in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. His accuser Andrea Constand’s allegation was one nearly 60 similar allegations against Cosby, but the only one to bring forth criminal charges. Many of the other allegations spanned Cosby’s career and fell outside that statute of limitations.

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    U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly

    U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Iran during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, September 25 — saying that the country is sowing “chaos, death and destruction” in the Middle East.

    According to the BBC, President Trump criticized the Iranian government and defended his decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal.

    “Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death, and destruction. They do not respect their neighbors or borders or the sovereign rights of nations. Instead, Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond,” Trump said.

    The U.S. President abandoned the Iran nuclear deal in May of this year, an agreement set by his predecessor Barack Obama in addition to seven other nations. The foreign policy initiative by the former administration had the intent of restricting the Middle Eastern country’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for an end to international sanctions that crippled its economy.

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    An empty classroom

    The school year may have only just started, but for Diane Tirado — an eighth-grade teacher at West Gate K-8 school in Port Saint Lucie, Florida — it is over. Tirado was was fired for violating the schools “no zero” policy, Newsweek reports.

    It was Tirado’s first year at West Gate — the latest stop on her 17-year education career — and she has said that the policy has become more common in recent years. But there has been one crucial difference between similar policies and the unique policy held by West Gate.

    At West Gate the no-zero policy has been expanded, preventing teachers from giving a zero at all — even if there is no assignment handed in whatsoever. This policy was confirmed by the parent handbook, publicly available on the school website, which says that students are given a letter grade of I. In the handbook, it says in all-caps “NO ZERO’S(sic)–LOWEST POSSIBLE GRADE IS 50%.”

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    Beluga Whale Seen Swimming in the River Thames

    A Beluga whale was seen swimming in the River Thames, near Gravesend in Kent on Tuesday afternoon, shocking conservation experts and spectators alike.

    The mammal was first spotted by ecologist and ornithologist, Dave Andrews, who posted a video on Twitter which immediately went viral, as reported by the BBC.

    People were both shocked and mesmerized as they saw the Beluga ‘frolicking’ in the river. The species is known for living in the Arctic and sub-Arctic, and experts couldn’t tell how the mammal ended up in the Thames.

    A conservation expert called the sighting “very, very unusual”, while Lucy Babey, head of science and conservation at ORCA, told the Mirror that the spectacle was “the most southerly sighting of a beluga ever seen around these shores”.

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    Fyre Festival founder blames mental illness

    The organizer of disgraced luxury music festival Fyre suffered from untreated mental illness when he defrauded investors, his lawyers have reportedly argued.

    Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland was experiencing an untreated bipolar-related disorder, ADHD and “severe alcohol abuse” when he defrauded investors out of $1 million, Vulture reported his lawyers as stating. This cocktail of mental illnesses led McFarland to hold “delusional beliefs of having special and unique talents that will lead to fame and fortune,” his lawyers reportedly argued in court documents obtained by Vulture.

    “Nothing in this case speaks to any malicious intent on his part, just a sea of bad judgment, poor decisions, and the type of core instability that can only be explained by mental illness,” McFarland’s attorney, Randall Jackson, was quoted as stating.

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    Bill Cosby officially saw his reputation go down the drain on Tuesday, as the man who was once referred to as “America’s Dad” has a new label after a judge labeled him as “sexually violent predator” who will now be forced to serve time in prison.

    Back in April, Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. Tuesday afternoon, Cosby found out in a courthouse in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, that he will be serving between three and 10 years in a state prison.

    With months between his conviction and sentencing, plenty of celebrities, members of the media, and Cosby’s former accusers have come out to react to the downfall of the once beloved comedian, with the reactions gathered in a report from USA Today.

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    Rose and funerary urn

    Confluence Park, in Delta, Colorado, played host to an unusual and heartbreaking memorial ceremony on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Sources vary on the exact number, but according to the Grand Junction Sentinel, at least 75 people gathered in the park to speak the names of lost loved ones and tell their ages, dates of passing, and the dispositions of those loved ones’ body parts. It’s the last bit that’s unusual — at a memorial service, people don’t usually need to address the status of their loved ones’ bodies. Then again, that status usually isn’t provided by the FBI.

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    Donald Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday and spoke about the major issues facing not just the United States, but the world, including North Korea, climate change, and global security. While from a basic perspective Trump exuded his usual confidence, a body language expert brought in by Express took the time to analyze what Trump was doing while he was talking and what the president really meant.

    During Donald Trump’s second time speaking at the annual meeting of world leaders, he opened by mentioning the progress that the United States had made during his tenure as president. Trump then went on to give details about his meeting with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, as well what he achieved nationally along with what he hopes to accomplish internationally.

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    Moscow’s International Circle of Light festival closed Tuesday with a spectacular water and pyrotechnics display, after breaking two separate world records.

    The festival secured recognition for the world’s largest image projected by water and largest number of simultaneous flame projections, according to Russian state media outlet TASS.

    “I have the honor to congratulate you to achievement of a two Guinness World Records titles,” Guinness World Records judge Seyda Subasi Gemici stated.

    Gemici made the announcement during the festival’s closing ceremony, which illuminated the Russian capital with fireworks, dancing water spouts, a laser show, and light displays dancing across some of the city’s most iconic buildings. The sensory overload has been viewed by an estimated 5 million people since it began on Friday with a light and multimedia show.

    According to organizers, the festival’s opening event saw Moscow’s Rowing Canal flooded with nearly 300 fountains and 170 fire torches that moved in a complex, choreographed display.

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    French President Emmanuel Macron took to the stage at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday and launched into a passionate attack of the policies that had been put forth by President Donald Trump, as the French leader stated that he was ready to take up the mantle of global leadership that is usually reserved for the leader of the United States, according to reports from CNN.

    Macron often chastised the Trump administration by name, pointing to what he perceived as shortcomings in the fields of Iran, climate change, the UN, migration, and peace in the Middle East.

    Macron also took aim at Trump’s central purpose during his address to the General Assembly, which was an emphasis on the sovereignty of the United States as well as his intents to distance the country from international agreements.

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    "Beer and Trembling" Episode 511 -- Pictured: (l-r) Whitney Sudler-Smith, Thomas Ravenel, John David "JD" Madison

    Former Southern Charm star and South Carolina state treasurer Thomas Ravenel was arraigned today on the charge of second-degree assault and battery and was seen by video in the courtroom where the complaint against him was read. Ravenel was granted a bond and surrendered his passport.

    Live5 News was on-site for the arraignment that was attended by the victim known to the public as Nanny Dawn. Ravenel was granted a recognizance bond of $20k (meaning he will not have to pay money to get out of jail at this time but would have to forfeit the money if he does not show up for trial). The former Bravo star must turn in his passport, and cannot leave the state without special permission. He was also told to stay away from the victim and her family.

    Thomas Ravenel Arrest Warrant/Affidavit

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    Bethenny Frankel arrives at the Emmy For Your Consideration Event for Showtime's 'Shameless' at Linwood Dunn Theater on May 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

    The Real Housewives of New YorkCity star Bethenny Frankel has been open and candid with fans about how she’s been doing since the death of her boyfriend Dennis Shields due to a drug overdose.

    After Shield’s passing in late August, Frankel took to Twitter to thank fans for their support during such a hard time in her life.

    “It’s hard to breathe & I appreciate you giving me the space & support to try to do so. It’s excruciating-sudden death is no closure & constant [questions] & memories. Our relationship is current so it’s painfully raw,” she wrote on Twitter. “Trying to stay healthy & move through it [with] tears & close friends. Xo.”

    Frankel described Shields as “a genius who could talk about the show minutiae all day” and told a fan on Twitter he was “my greatest supporter. #sweetassugar #toughasnails”

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    Shane Dawson arrives at the Premiere Of Starz Digital Media's 'Not Cool' at the Landmark Theater on September 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

    Youtuber Shane Dawson released the first episode of his eight-part series “The Mind of Jake Paul,” diving into whether fellow Youtube creator Jake Paul is a sociopath.

    While Dawson has had a long career on the popular video hosting site, his recent work has focused on his fellow online video creators such as a detailed profile of make-up and skin care vlogger Jeffree Starr and an investigation into TanaCon, another Youtuber’s disastrous attempt at a convention.

    Before the release of Dawson’s series, many online wondered which direction Dawson would take the series. Would it be a glorious redemption story that paints the controversial 21-year-old Paul in a kinder light, maybe as a misunderstood young kid who came into money, fame and millions of online followers and wasn’t equipt to deal with the responsibility? Or would it be a researched, systematic takedown of a problematic young man whose videos have influenced his young audience in negative ways?

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    Prince Harry Makes A Shocking Revelation In 'Queen Of The World' Documentary

    Prince Harry makes an appearance in the HBO documentary Queen of the World in which he reveals something about Buckingham Palace that will shock many people. Deadline reported earlier this month that the hour-long show will be broadcast on HBO at 8 p.m. on October 1. It was commissioned by the UK’s ITV and is about the queen’s global role as she passes her responsibilities to the next generation of royals. One would expect a program about the queen to include information about Buckingham Palace since it is her official residence. Viewers will likely, however, be surprised by Prince Harry’s statement about his time there.

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    Flooding in South Carolina following Hurricane Florence

    After getting through the wind and the rain that Hurricane Florence brought, residents of South Carolina have a new issue with the flooding left behind by the storm, reports NBC News.

    Rivers in the state are reaching historic high water levels and are on the verge of bursting in several towns. Many towns are still underwater following the initial storm and now more are expected to follow as the water flowing down from North Carolina proves too much.

    Residents of Georgetown, South Carolina, know that the flooding is coming and the question is only when it will come. Local business owner Robert Maring described the situation as “like being stalked by a turtle.”

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    China and the United States must avoid slipping into a Cold War-style standoff, a top Chinese diplomat said Wednesday.

    The two countries will both lose out if they confront each other, Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi said.

    “China and the United States can have competition, but should not use a Cold War mentality to view each other, and nor should they slip into the trap of a zero-sum game,” Wang stated, according to Reuters.

    Wang accused “certain U.S. forces domestically” of “blackening” China’s name, which he warned has caused “serious harm to the atmosphere of Sino-U.S. ties.”

    If this continues, both countries will suffer, Wang warned.

    Wang’s comments were made on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting in New York, amid rising tension between the world’s two largest economic powers.

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    OJ Simpson

    OJ Simpson thinks Bill Cosby should be sentenced to house arrest, saying that the 81-year-old will likely be a target to the other cons due to his age, wealth, and more specifically, the nature of his crime.

    As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Cosby was sentenced this week to no fewer than three years and no more than ten years for sexual assault. In handing out the sentence, Judge Steven O’Neill called Cosby a “sexually violent predator.”

    As CNN reports, the 81-year-old will serve his sentence at Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institute at Phoenix (SCI Phoenix), which is described as a “new, state-of-the art” maximum security prison. There, Cosby will be known simply as Inmate #NN7687.

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    An ad placed in Wednesday’s issue of the New York Times is generating a lot of buzz as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the GOP navigate multiple allegations from women accusing the nominee of past sexual misconduct. The ad is targeted to support the first woman to go public, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and it references a 1991 ad in the same publication that supported Anita Hill.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to hear from both Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in a hearing scheduled for Thursday. The committee has scheduled a vote on moving Kavanaugh’s nomination forward for Friday, but many wonder if that will go according to plan.

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    A storm prepares to hit Barbados

    After seemingly fading away, Tropical Storm Kirk has redeveloped in the Caribbean and will pose a threat to several islands in the sea, reports the Weather Channel.

    The storm has emerged again to the east of the Lesser Antilles and will bring heavy rain and winds to the islands. Those conditions will lead to flooding and mudslides in several areas, which will mean that thousands may need to be evacuated.

    The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued advisories for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe. Three others were advised that conditions were possible in Barbuda, St. Croix, and San Jan, Puerto Rico.

    As is often the case with a new storm, the U.S. Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters will fly through the storm, expected to do so at some point today. That move will help the NHC get a better handle on the storm itself and allow it to make better projections about what could happen with the storm.

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