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'To some, Maddie was just a junkie': Obituary gives new take on drug addiction

'To some, Maddie was just a junkie': Obituary gives new take on drug addiction

Health
Madelyn Linsenmeir was a mother, sister and friend, who was "hilarious, and warm, and fearless, and resilient." She was also an opioid addict. Linsenmeir was a drug addict for 12 years and, at what her sister said were some of her darkest points, she would sometimes panhandle for money. She lost custody of her young son because of her disease. On Oct. 7, the 30-year-old died in the hospital while in police custody, according to her sister, Kate O'Neill. O’Neill does not want Linsenmeir to be remembered for her addiction. Her surprisingly honest obituary she wrote for a local Vermont paper is getting widespread attention for its warmth and candor. “It is impossible to capture a person in an obituary, and especially someone whose adult life was largely defined by drug addict...
BBC 'to make classical music archive available'

BBC 'to make classical music archive available'

Entertainment
The BBC is set to announce plans to make its back catalogue of classical music available to the public.Director general Tony Hall is expected to say the move will mean historic and recent performances are "returned to the public".They will be available on services such as BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sounds app.Lord Hall is expected to reveal the plans at the launch of the BBC's year-long classical music project, Our Classical Century on Thursday evening.The project will look back at 100 years of classical music in the UK and will be covered online and on BBC Four, BBC Two and Radio 3.The corporation has one of the biggest classical music archives in the world, with recordings from the BBC Proms, BBC orchestras and choirs along with B...
Uber 'to focus on bikes over cars'

Uber 'to focus on bikes over cars'

Technology
Uber says it plans to focus more on its electric scooter and bike business, and less on cars, despite the fact it could hurt profits. Boss Dara Khosrowshahi said that individual modes of transport were better suited to inner city travel.He also forecast users would make more frequent shorter journeys in future."During rush hour, it is very inefficient for a one-tonne hulk of metal to take one person 10 blocks," he told the Financial Times. "Short-term financially, maybe it's not a win for us, but strategically long term we think that is exactly where we want to head." Uber move into sidelines deepens loss Uber invests in Lime scooter hire company The ride-sharing firm has invested in a number of bike firms in the last year. Its ...
Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell 'to propose to Lauren Silverman' – pals say

Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell 'to propose to Lauren Silverman' – pals say

Entertainment
GETTY MARRIAGE: Simon Cowell is about to propose to Lauren Silverman, according to pals The Britain’s Got Talent boss, 58, is said to have agreed to pop the question.Simon and Lauren, 40, have been together for more than four years and have a son, Eric, four.Now we can reveal loved ones have been trying to convince Simon to finally make official.An insider said: “Everyone close to Simon thinks a proposal is long overdue.“They would love nothing more than to see him and Lauren get hitched. “Simon’s family have been badgering him to finally pop the question and he’s tentatively agreed he’ll do it.“It’s possible he’ll do it live on TV during the B...
Jaguar Land Rover 'to cut 1,000 jobs'

Jaguar Land Rover 'to cut 1,000 jobs'

Business
Jaguar Land Rover is to shed 1,000 jobs and cut production at two sites, according to reports.The carmaker said it would make an announcement to employees on Monday regarding its production plans for 2018/19.It added: "In light of the continuing headwinds impacting the car industry, we are making some adjustments to our production schedules and the level of agency staff."We are however continuing to recruit large numbers of highly skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices as we over-proportionally invest in new products and technologies."We also remain committed to our UK plants in which we have invested more than £4bn since 2010 to future-proof manufacturing technologies to deliver new models."Production will be cut at the Castle Bromwich and Solihull sites, with affected staff based a