‘Supernatural’: Remember what it was to be good

Supernatural And we dance while the world burns. (The CW) There is no resisting the Mark or the Blade. There is only remission and relapse. I will save my brother, or die trying. THE ROAD SO FAR Show opens with the acapella arrangement of “Carry On” from “Fan Fiction”. We’re zero seconds in and I’m having ALL OF THE FINALE FEELS. If you will recall, ‘Mary’ was the first character to take the stage during that number, and her’s is the voice we hear now. FORESHADOWING! thump thump, thump NOW Sam sits working in the Bunker’s weapons locker. He’s giving a clip’s worth of bullets an extra killie upgrade. His computer is open to Charlie’s last email. RIP Charlie. Hard copies of the cypher are on the table next to the laptop, along with two snapshots of Mary. There’s the one that Eldon threw on the pile to burn and the one of Mary and Dean that was the finishing touch on Dean’s awesome room. I’m just going to assume that Sam rescued them while he was putting all the books away. “Twelve voice mails. Lojack on the Impala has clearly been disabled. So a big heaping scoop of nothing.” Sam finishes the sitrep for Castiel by saying that they need Rowena to hold up her end of the bargain. Now. Despite being the one beaten to within an inch of his angelic life by a Mark-roided Dean, Cas is compelled to ask about the consequences of using the Book of the Damned to remove the Mark. Sam is done having this discussion. The only alternative to the cure is death. “Do you want to kill Dean?? Because I don’t.” He says he knows that there will be consequences, but he’s frustrated that no one can tell him what they are. He shouts that he’s not going to let his brother destroy himself on a guess! “We save Dean.” That’s a pretty speech, except for the part where Dean’s guesses – his gut – have been shown to be Continue Reading

Who is Zehra Doğan? New Banksy mural protests Turkish artist’s imprisonment

Culture Banksy The anonymous British street artist Banksy unveiled a new piece in New York City on Thursday. The 70-foot-long mural, which sits at the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery in downtown Manhattan, features a tally of days that Turkish artist and journalist Zehra Doğan has spent in prison. A small drawing of Doğan herself appears in the mural, peering out from behind one set of tally marks, which double as cell bars. “Free Zehra Doğan” is scrawled in the bottom right corner. Doğan​ was sentenced to prison a year ago for a painting of the Turkish town of Nusaybin, destroyed by state security forces, with the Turkish flag flying over the ruins. She still has 18 months left to serve. According to The New York Times, she is not yet aware of the Banksy’s mural. Banksy said in a statement to the Times, “I really feel for her. I’ve painted things much more worthy of a custodial sentence.” A new mural by Banksy, the anonymous British street artist, protesting the arrest of Turkish artist and journalist Zehra Doğan, in downtown New York, on March 15. The 70-foot mural features a tally of days that Doğan has spent in prison. REUTERS/Ashlee Espinal See all of the best photos of the week in these slideshows On Thursday evening, Doğan’s painting was projected above the Bansky mural, with text reading, “Sentenced to two years, nine months and 22 days in jail for painting this picture.” Recommended Slideshows 76 75 Best Biographies of All Time 22 In Pictures: Jeers and Cheers as Donald Trump Visits California and His Mexico Border Wall 47 Stunning Photos: Surfing Under the Northern Lights Inside the Arctic Circle According to Pen America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending the right to freedom of expression, Doğan was charged with having connections Continue Reading

Vile material that radicalised mosque killer STILL online despite top cop plea

EXTREMIST material that investigators fear helped radicalise a far-right killer before he drove a truck into worshippers outside a mosque is STILL available on Twitter despite a warning from cops. Twisted killer Darren Osborne drove a van into a group of Muslims outside a London mosque on June 19 last year, taking the life of 51-year-old dad Makram Ali and injuring eight others. During his trial, it emerged that Mr Osborne became "obsessed with Muslims" after watching the BBC drama Three Girls. Mr Osborne then set up a Twitter account and began to view material which cops say led to him developing increasingly racist and violent beliefs. Following his conviction, Commander Dean Haydon of the Metropolitan Police, said: "To be honest, some individuals could look at material today and decide to go and do an attack later on this evening. "Some of this material is easily accessible, so we have to look at the role of the internet." However weeks after this warning from a leading police officer, The Sun Online can reveal that the disturbing and violent material is still readily available on Twitter. We will not share the material, but can reveal that... Within seconds, a swathe of racist material and violent imagery is available for users to see under key search terms False statistics - including the claim that there are 642,770 Muslim grooming gangs in Britain - are used while referencing the Rotherham scandal in a bid to encourage violence and hate One image, which claims to list where Muslim sex gangs operate in the UK, says: "The government and police won't help you. DEAL WITH THESE RAPISTS YOURSELVES" Racist memes claiming that those who following the Islamic faith hate Britain were widely shared but remained online Horrific cartoons designed to encourage hatred towards Muslims - including imagery of a child being raped - are available to view on the platform Another picture shows a young woman's mutilated body while referring to the scandal Some of the sick Continue Reading

Mum-of-three finds out her doting husband is her twisted tormenting stalker

HE was her rock, her Prince Charming and the father of her children. But what Amanda Playle didn’t know was that her seemingly loving husband Paul was also her tormentor, who had subjected her to a two-year stalking ordeal. While she was threatened with rape, bombarded with up to 300 messages a day and driven to the brink of suicide, Paul, who she had been wed to for 17 years, was her only source of comfort. So imagine her horror when Amanda found out her terrifying stalker and her doting husband were the same person. Mum-of-three Amanda, 43, said: “This man had watched me self-harm and spend days in bed because I was scared to leave the house. I thought, ‘How could he do that to me?’ “I just couldn’t believe it. I thought he was Prince Charming. But actually he was watching my every move.” Paul Playle, 44, was sentenced in January to three-and-a-half years in prison for stalking and coercive and controlling behaviour. He had set up fake email and Facebook accounts to inundate Amanda with messages purporting to be from her ex, Anthony Reynolds. Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Amanda said: “I sit and think, ‘Is this my life? Am I reading a book? “I know it’s true but even now I just think why and how?” Paul, a self-employed electrician, had first met Amanda when they were both six. They got together aged 16 and tied the knot ten years later. In the marriage Paul insisted on being the alpha-male breadwinner, and wanted Amanda to be a stay-at-home mum to their three daughters Chloe, 15, Ella, ten, and Maisie, 8. But as time went on they started to row, especially about money. Paul, as Amanda puts it, lived “a champagne life on a lemonade wage.” Reality hit home when Paul confessed he had been made bankrupt in 2013. By now Amanda was unhappy in her marriage but for the kids’ sake, she decided to stand by Paul. She even agreed to move with him from Croydon, South London, where she Continue Reading

Florida county suspends worker who said prosecutor should be lynched for refusing to seek death penalty

A public servant sparked a Facebook flap for saying Florida's first African-American state prosecutor should be lynched for refusing to pursue the death penalty against an alleged cop killer. The Seminole County Clerk of Court suspended Stan McCullars — with pay — after the assistant finance director thumbed an offensive remark about Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala on the Orlando Sentinel's Facebook page. The embattled employee said Alaya should be "tarred and feathered if not hung from a tree" for protesting capital punishment in the Markeith Loyd case, according to a screenshot shared by the Sentinel on Monday. Her defiance prompted Gov. Rick Scott to pull her off the murder case on Thursday. Additionally, McCullars quipped that if Ayala intended to protest capital punishment in the case against 41-year-old Markeith Loyd, she "should get the death penalty." McCullars later deleted the remarks and apologized to Ayala, the Sentinel reported. The Tampa Bay Times reports McCullars has been in the Seminole County job for about a year, citing a LinkedIn page that was also wiped. The finance employee also deleted his Twitter, where he described himself as "happily married" and a "Bible-believing Christian." Scott’s decision to yank Ayala off the murder case prompted dozens of current and former prosecutors, judges and law professors to pen an open letter addressed to the governor. Their note claims Scott's stunt exceeded his "authority" and "sets a dangerous precedent." Gil Garcetti, the Los Angeles County district attorney who oversaw the O.J. Simpson murder trial, was among the signatures. Ayala has pledged to fight Scott’s order. She filed a motion challenging the mandate. Loyd is accused of slaying Orlando police officer Lt. Debra Clayton in a Walmart parking lot, and his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, weeks earlier. He was captured following a two-week Continue Reading

Year in Review: 50 stories from 50 states

Before we usher in the new year, it's time for a retrospective of 2015.Here's our roundup of some of the biggest stories across the country, events that influenced national conversations on issues from police brutality to gay marriage, tragedies that shook our psyche and acts of heroism that showed Americans at their best. Alabama: Despite U.S. ruling legalizing gay marriage, gay adoption still a battle in the statesIt’s a story chock-full of contention. Two lesbian mothers fight for custody of their three children. Two state courts are at odds over adoption rights for same-sex couples — or at least until the Supreme Court stepped in. But first, some background: When the women — identified only as “E.L.” and “V.L.” in court documents — were still together, they temporarily moved to Georgia to sidestep Alabama law, which wouldn’t allow V.L. to legally adopt the children (E.L. was their birth mother). Georgia, on the other hand, was fine with it. But when the couple split up, things got messy. E.L. decided Alabama had the right idea after all and denied V.L. parental rights. And V.L. wasn't having it. She took things all the way up to the Supreme Court, which blocked Alabama’s ruling on Dec. 14. If you need an explainer (we bet you do), we've got that here. Alaska: You may have to say goodbye to one of the biggest perks of living in AlaskaBlame it on the oil. This December, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker called for the state's first income tax in 35 years. Alaska's the only state that has neither a state-level sales tax nor a personal income tax. For decades, it has been dependent on income from oil, but crude oil prices have been hovering at seven-year lows. So while you've been doing your happy dance at the pump, Alaska has been sinking further into debt. Walker's proposal is part of the state's New Sustainable Alaska Plan, Continue Reading