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A Kentucky tattoo shop is offering to cover up hate and gang symbols for free

Tattoo artists Jeremiah Swift and Ryun King at the Gallery X Art Collective in Murray said they decided to offer this service as a way to take a stance in the Black Lives Matter movement amid the protests calling for an end to police brutality and racial injustice.

“It’s definitely a long overdue change,” King told CNN.

“Having anything hate related is completely unacceptable. A lot of people when they were younger just didn’t know any better and were left with mistakes on their bodies. We just want to make sure everybody has a chance to change.”

Since posting on Facebook about the free coverups two weeks ago, the shop has already received over 30 requests which continue to pour in, according to Swift.

“One of the people we got was a man with both of his forearms completely covered in hate symbols, absolutely everywhere. How is this man going to interact with society with the mistakes he made 10, 15, 20 years ago?” King said.

“We also got a guy with a giant swastika who said he has never taken his shirt off in front of his kids. I like seeing that. I like seeing people want to change themselves for the better. That swells me full of emotions.”

The artists said they will cover up anyone’s tattoos, even if they are from out of state, and offer numerous designs they can choose from.

A new tattoo, a new life

King’s first client was Jennifer Tucker, a 36-year-old mother of two who wanted to cover up a small Confederate flag she got tattooed on her ankle when she was 18 years old.

“I went to a school where there wasn’t a single black person,” Tucker told CNN. “Our community had no black families, they would literally run them out every time one moved in. Everyone in my school flew rebel flags and had rebel flag tattoos and I bandwagoned and got the tattoo. It was a horrible thing to do.”

Jennifer Tucker.

After high school, Tucker moved to Paducah, Kentucky, where she became involved in various solidarity movements and peaceful protests aimed at uniting the community and fighting racial injustice against black people.

A friend of Tucker’s sent her the tattoo shop’s Facebook post offering the free coverups, and she immediately messaged the shop asking for an appointment.

“I just needed to get that symbol of hatred off of my body. Every time I attend a group meeting or protest, I make a new friend. And I don’t want to be standing next to them with a confederate flag on my leg,” Tucker said.

On Tuesday, after a 40 minute drive and nearly 20 years of “looking down at the tattoo regretting it,” King covered up the flag with a Pickle Rick, a character from the cartoon “Rick and Morty.”

“It feels so amazing, it’s life changing. I knew I had to do it, to be an example for other people who were in the same position. There’s not a whole lot I can do, but this is something I can do to spread love, not hate.”

Because of their help, Tucker said she is finally ready to close the chapter of her old life and start looking forward to new days full of love and kindness.

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Chris Evans Sidesteps ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Casting Question

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Mum is the word. Chris Evans had a sly response when asked about rumors that he is in negotiations to star in the upcoming Little Shop of Horrors remake.

“As a kid, theater is what’s available to you, local plays. And it’s usually going to be a musical. But musicals aren’t the thing that I fell in love with. I just liked acting,” the Knives Out star, 38, told Esquire in his April/May 2020 cover story. “I have a soft spot for theater, because it was such a big part of my childhood, a very sweet chapter in my life. But it’s not like I’ve always said, ‘Man, I got to get back to musical theater!’  My main reason for doing it was because I liked acting so much.”

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Evans drove fans wild in February when he tweeted a tooth emoji in response to a report by The Hollywood Reporter that claimed he is in talks to portray dentist Orin Scrivello, the role Steve Martin played in the 1986 film. Scarlett Johansson and Taron Egerton are also reportedly in negotiations, while Billy Porter has already signed on to voice the carnivorous plant Audrey II.

Evans’ reported role would reunite him with Johansson, 35, with whom he has starred in several Marvel blockbusters. He ended his decade-long stint as Captain America with 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.

Us Weekly exclusively revealed in September 2019 that Lady Gaga was “offered a role” in the Little Shop of Horrors remake, with a source saying the A Star Is Born actress is “very interested to keep acting.” However, it seems she has since shifted her focus back to music as her sixth album, Chromatica, is due later this year.

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Evans, for his part, is no stranger to the stage. After graduating from high school, he took classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City. He went on to make his Broadway debut in the 2018 production of Lobby Hero.

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A New York pizza shop is putting photos of dogs on pizza boxes to help them find homes

But a New York pizza shop is giving their customers an especially adorable treat to go with their munchies while helping out a community organization at the same time.

The Just Pizza & Wing Co. franchise in Amherst, New York, is attaching flyers of adoptable dogs to its boxes.

And the yummiest part? Anyone who adopts a dog featured on a pizza box flyer will receive a $50 gift certificate to the pizza shop.

The unique idea came after Mary Alloy, who owns the pizza franchise with three of her children, began volunteering with the Niagara Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Alloy worked with Kimberly LaRussa, an SPCA event coordinator, to come up with ways to help more shelter animals find their forever homes.

“Kimberly texted me one night and was like, ‘Hey, what would you think about putting pictures of the dogs on pizza boxes?’ and I just couldn’t wait,” Alloy said. “We are all animal lovers here, so I got permission from the franchise to do it and immediately got to work.”

On Friday, customers of the pizza shop began receiving orders with photos of sweet pups who need to be adopted attached to boxes. Alloy said the reaction from customers has been the best part.

People are “absolutely loving” it, and after just a single day of putting the flyers on pizza boxes, a 6-month-old puppy named Larry was adopted on Saturday.

Larry, a puppy who appeared in a flyer on the pizza boxes, was adopted on Saturday.

“We’ve had a tremendous amount of interest and support from the community and beyond since the story went viral on Friday,” LaRussa told CNN. “Many people want to order a pizza just to get the shelter dog photo, other pizzerias have offered to put flyers on their pizza boxes, and so many people are tagging their friends and family.”

The shop is getting a lot more business, according to Alloy. While the restaurant usually uses about 600 to 800 boxes every week, it has already gone through 500 boxes since Friday.

A history of giving back

Alloy’s generosity goes beyond her passion for helping animals.

She is constantly finding ways to give back to her community, including her involvement with hospice care, non-profit medical organizations, autism centers, children’s hospitals, and animal shelters throughout Buffalo.

“I try to do whatever I can for other organizations who need help,” Alloy said. “We have donation boxes all over the store. Anything I can do to the help the community, I’m going to do it.”

Alloy said she’s always wanted to volunteer for the SPCA, but as a small-business owner, she doesn’t have the time do it herself. Instead, she brings food to events and offers whatever help she can.

“I sent her a flyer for her approval for the boxes and she said she broke down in tears,” LaRussa said. “That’s just the kind of person she is. We are so grateful to Mary and Just Pizza.”

While both the pizzeria and shelter have already been flooded with calls and comments about the adoptable animals, they don’t plan to stop anytime soon.

In fact, LaRussa said customers at the pizza shop can start expecting their orders to come with flyers of adoptable cats.

The shop will continue with the effort “for as long as it takes” to get every animal in the shelter adopted, Alloy said.

While other animal lovers might be a little jealous their pizzas aren’t coming with photos of adorable animals, the idea is spreading quickly. Other pizza shops, like Papa Louie’s Italian Kitchen & Motocross Cafe in Ohio, have already launched similar efforts and credited Alloy for the idea.

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Teen Caught On Camera Kicking Customer’s Dog, Throwing Drink On Him Outside Center City Pizza Shop – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –A teenager was caught on surveillance camera kicking a dog outside of a Center City pizza joint. Those who work and live in the area say it’s part of an alarming trend of teens causing chaos.

Business owners say students from nearby charter schools are creating chaos in Center City.

In the past few months, some places have even put age restrictions on who can enter after some disturbing incidents were caught on camera.

This all took place on Nov. 2 around 6:30 p.m. in front of Giovani’s Bar and Grill on the 1500 block of Chestnut Street. Cashier Sarah Snyder was working.

“So a customer came in to get food and these kids were in here. They seemed nice, they seemed polite,” Snyder said.

But that all changed when the young kids followed the customer out the front door.

“Nine, 10, 12, 13 — they threw water on him,” Snyder said.

The customer appears to throw his drink back at the group and then this.

“They kicked his dog and then they ran off and stole his food,” Snyder said.

It’s not the first time the restaurant and other businesses between 15th and 16th Streets have had issues with kids and teens.

Just this week, police say a young man kicked a side mirror off a car. When the driver got out, the teen and at least three others, beat him.

“Right now, it’s out of control,” Michael Dixon said.

Dixon, who patronizes many of the businesses, says he wants to see stepped up patrols in the area.

“I think they just need a little more security around here,” Dixon said.

More security, and perhaps more respect.

“Other kids the same age, they come in and they’ll take our tips. They’ll steal tips from the jar,” Snyder said. They came in one day and stole someone’s pizza before we could get them out of the door. It’s all different kids doing the same things.”

Police have not made any arrests in the dog-kicking incident.

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South Dakota sets rare execution for murderer of doughnut shop worker

(Reuters) – South Dakota has scheduled a rare execution on Monday for a man convicted of the 1992 stabbing death of a former co-worker at a doughnut shop, a sentence that rights advocates said was tainted by jurors who asked potentially homophobic questions.

Charles Rhines, 63, who is gay, was set to be put to death at 1:30 p.m. CDT (1930 GMT) by lethal injection at South Dakota’s execution chamber in Sioux Falls.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionally of the death penalty in 1976, South Dakota has carried out only four executions, including one last year. Rhines is one of only three inmates on the state’s death row.

Jurors found Rhines, a high school dropout who had worked a series of odd jobs, guilty of murdering Donnivan Schaeffer, 22, an employee at Dig ‘Em Donuts in Rapid City, where Rhines had also worked.

On March 8, 1992, less than a month after Rhines left the doughnut shop, he broke into the store, but was interrupted by Schaeffer.

Schaeffer’s body was found with his hands bound and stab wounds in his abdomen, upper back and back of the neck, according to court documents. About $3,300 in cash and checks were missing, they said.

A jury convicted Rhines of the crimes in January 1993 and sentenced him to death four days later.

Several groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and gay-rights advocacy group Lambda Legal, unsuccessfully urged a U.S. appeals court in an amicus brief last year to allow Rhines to argue that bias based on his sexual orientation motivated the jury to sentence him to death.

During their deliberations, some jurors expressed anti-gay sentiments, with one saying that Rhines “shouldn’t be able to spend his life with men in prison,” the groups said.

While they deliberated his fate, the jury sent the trial judge a note asking several questions about a possible life sentence, including whether Rhines would be allowed to mix with fellow male inmates, have a cell mate and have conjugal visits, the court noted in its August 2018 opinion.

Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; Editing by David Gregorio

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