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The wildfires that have ravaged the west coast over the past two months have burned millions of acres, claimed over 30 lives, and forced thousands to live in evacuation shelters.

The fires have also caused unimaginable damage to the area’s wildlife.

Critical populations of endangered species and native habitats may take years to recover.

“Some of these places we set aside may be fundamentally impacted by climate change and may not be able to come back,” Amy Windrope, deputy director of Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife,” said according to The New York Times. “That’s just a reality.”


Out of all the death and destruction comes a wonderful story out of Jamul, California, outside of San Diego.

Over twenty years ago, Patty Hyslop started the Hyslop Horse Haven to care for abused and neglected horses. Hyslop sufferers from multiple sclerosis and, at one point, was paralyzed, but she believes her love for horses has helped her condition improve.

The sanctuary also provides horseback riding lessons for children.

On September 5, as the Valley Fire raged through the area, forcing Hyslop to evacuate her ranch, leaving the horses behind.

“It was one of the scariest things that we’ve ever been through,” Hyslop told FOX 5.

“When I saw those hundred-foot flames coming at us … I (thought I) was going to come back the next day to dead horses or severely burnt horses. And if they had died, I think I would’ve died with them. My heart would have just broken,” she continued.

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After the fire made its way through the area, Hyslop returned to her horse haven fearing the worst. But she was shocked to find that all 20 of her horses survived.

Hyslop belives the animals were saved by “horse angels.”

Unfortunately, the stable didn’t have such luck. The entire sanctuary was reduced to ash and debris. Eight sheds with thousands of dollars worth of medications, tack, and supplies were brunt to the ground. As was Hyslop’s golf cart and trailers for the sanctuary’s volunteers.

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“My shed alone, there was probably $10,000 worth of tack and medications feed everything inside and it’s just all gone,” said Hope Gilces, Hyslop’s niece.

The horses have been transferred to temporary facilities while Hyslop and her team work to get the sanctuary back into order. Even though her sanctuary has suffered a massive setback, she still vows to rescue even more horses, including those impacted by the blaze.

A GoFundMe campaign has been established to help rebuild the sanctuary.

“The ranch is going to be in need of feed, medicine, care equipment, and all items needed for riding lessons (saddles, blankets, tack, etc),” the campaign reads. “They will need to rebuild storage units and replace machinery that didn’t survive the fire.”

Let’s hope Hyslop’s horse angels come through again and help her get the funding she needs to continue her important work.

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Gogglebox stars Jenny and Lee share hilarious wardrobe blunder

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Gogglebox favourites Jenny Newby and Lee Riley have shared a hilarious wardrobe blunder as they filmed for the Channel 4 show’s new series.

On Instagram, the pair shared a photo of them posing together with Jenny giving a thumbs-up as Lee smiled into the camera.

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The best friends captioned the pic: “Filming Gogglebox 🎥🎥 today enjoy your day as much as we are 😘.”

But fans were quick to point out that Jenny’s top matched the curtains in Lee’s caravan.

The pair then leaned in to the joke and uploaded a pic of Jenny standing right in front of the curtains and captioned it: “You was right folks!!Jenny did blend in 😂😂😂 #Gogglebox where’s wally.”

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Jenny and Lee have been best friends for decades, and earlier this year they shared an adorable throwback photo from 16 years ago when they went on a cruise.

But last month we got a little insight into the other important person in Lee’s life, his boyfriend Steve, who shared pics of the couple together on holiday in Cyprus.

The new series of Gogglebox started earlier this month, with the cast and crew still observing social distancing guidelines.

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And fans were delighted to see the return of another fan-favourite pair, Mary and Marina.

The pair who are both in their 90s, missed out on the last series as the show’s producers didn’t want to put them at risk, even though camera rigs were set up to prevent the crew coming into contact with the stars.

The new series also welcomed two brand new families – the Walkers and the Baggs.

Gogglebox airs Friday nights at 9pm on Channel 4.


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Joey King, McG teaming up for new Netflix project ‘Uglies’

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According to a report from Deadline, King is a huge fan of Uglies, which is a futuristic story where an ideal standard of beauty exists and everyone is subjected to an operation as a teen so that they fit those ideals. (It’s reminiscent of the classic episode of The Twilight Zone, “Number 12 Looks Just Like You.”) King took the story to Netflix and made the deal happen.

Krista Vernoff has been tapped to write the script based on Westerfeld’s book. King, Westerfeld and Jamie King will serve executive producers.

Uglies is a very interesting project because of its real-world connections. Not only is there a message about embracing differences, but there is also a message about the danger of putting too much emphasis on physical appearance. With so many people on social media going to extraordinary lengths to gain stardom, some stop at nothing to achieve the perfect look. In Uglies, the playing field is leveled because everyone is “beautiful” but if everyone is “beautiful” then does “beauty” exist?

King has a strong relationship with Netflix after the success of The Kissing Booth, and she’s currently working on, starring in or attached to a number of projects including a costarring role with Brad Pitt in Bullet Train. She’s also developing projects under her first-look deal with Hulu after the success of her role in The Act.

The 21 year old actor is the youngest person to land a streaming deal, but there’s no question that she has an eye for successful projects and that makes her a very valuable commodity.

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“Clare Bronfman Was a Pivotal Part in Trying to Destroy My Life”: Seagram Heir Sentenced to 81 Months in Prison

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Clare Bronfman, the Seagram heir and NXIVM financier, was sentenced to 81 months in prison on Wednesday. She pleaded guilty last year to charges related to immigration fraud and identity theft, following her arrest in 2018 in connection with Keith Raniere’s notorious sex abuse and racketeering ring.

During the sentencing hearing at a federal courtroom in Brooklyn, Bronfman sat silently while nine women spoke of the horrors she and Raniere inflicted, the New York Daily News reported. The New York Times noted this week that the hearing was the first chance for many NXIVM victims and former members to speak to U.S. District Court judge Nicholas Garaufis, and that it was the first major hearing in the courthouse since the coronavirus pandemic began.

“In my opinion you’re a predator,” said Susan Dones, a former NXIVM member, while in tears. “You should feel shame, self-loathing…You should understand there are lives you destroyed.”

“As long as you support K.R. [Keith Raniere], there is no forgiveness for you,” another former member, Sally Brink, said. “You’re not going to heal with K.R. in your life. You have to take back your power. You have no sense of self without him.”

Bronfman had been involved with NXIVM, a professed self-help group, since 2003. She left her career as an equestrian to move to the organization’s upstate New York headquarters. Prosecutors had asked Garaufis to sentence Bronfman to five years in prison, according to NBC News, claiming that her tens of millions of dollars in financial backing were crucial to NXIVM’s existence. The group became more commonly referred to as a cult and pyramid scheme last year when Raniere was convicted of charges including sex trafficking, racketeering, and possession of child pornography, and it emerged that some women in the organization were branded with his initials. 

“There can be little doubt that Raniere would not have been able to commit the crimes with which he was convicted were it not for powerful allies like Bronfman,” prosecutors said in court papers, according to NBC. 

Bronfman’s sister, Sara, was also involved in NXIVM but has not faced criminal charges and is still allowed to profit from the Albany property she owns that was used by the organization. In 2010, Vanity Fair reported that as much as $150 million was taken out of the Bronfman sisters’ trusts and bank accounts to support Raniere and NXIVM.

The Times noted that many NXIVM victims were upset with Bronfman’s guilty plea because the charges downplayed her organizational role. Prosecutors said that she used fraudulently obtained visas for young Mexican women to work for NXIVM and helped Raniere maneuver financially by using his dead girlfriend’s credit card and bank account.

Bronfman’s lawyers had argued for only probation, claiming that she did not directly participate in NXIVM’s most disturbing crimes and that her health conditions meant that coronavirus would pose a heightened risk to her in prison. Bronfman wrote in a letter to the judge last month that she “never meant to hurt anyone, however I have and for this I am deeply sorry.”

But she also continued to pledge loyalty. “Many people, including most of my own family, believe I should disavow Keith and NXIVM, and that I have not is hard for them to understand and accept,” Bronfman wrote, according to the Times. “However, for me, NXIVM and Keith greatly changed my life for the better.”

Bronfman already forfeited $6 million in her plea agreement, and prosecutors have said the heir’s fortune is worth $200 million. She is the first defendant sentenced in connection to NXIVM. Raniere is currently awaiting sentencing, as is the Smallville actor Allison Mack, who pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy after recruiting women for NXIVM.

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