News / UK and world by Press Association December 31, 2018, 12:04 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Consumers and retailers alike had plenty to contend with in 2018, from ongoing turmoil on the high street and uncertainty around Brexit to some of the most extreme heat and cold in decades. However, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gave consumers an excuse to put up the bunting and celebrate with the neighbours, while England’s thrilling World Cup run proved a massive boost to supermarkets and television retailers. January John Lewis records a spike in sales of vegan chocolate during the month renamed by some in retail circles as “Veganuary”. Despite celebrating its 60th anniversary in January, Lego remained top of the toybox with one search for the plastic bricks every 30 seconds on eBay. The online marketplace saw almost one Lego Harry Potter-related item flying off the virtual … [Read more...] about What we bought in 2018 – the year in review
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Here’s a look at last week’s top stories: New Surveillance Video Shows Deadly Shooting at Ft. Lauderdale Gas Station Fort Lauderdale police have released surveillance video from a murder that took place at a gas station on Christmas Day in hopes that the suspect can be identified. The suspect arrived at the gas station a short time prior to the victim and waited in his car until the victim arrived. Once the victim arrived, the suspect got out of his car at the same time as the victim and followed him into the gas station while shooting him. Click here for the full surveillance video. New Surveillance Video Released in Gas Station Shooting New surveillance video shows moments before a gunman fired at a man in a shooting at a Fort Lauderdale gas station on Christmas Day. NBC 6's Nathalia Ortiz reports. (Published Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018) City Officials Urge Residents Not To Shoot Guns On New Year’s Eve Firing gunshots into the air to celebrate the New … [Read more...] about ICYMI: Year In Review; Reminder to Not Shoot Guns on NYE
What about the year gone by? Time for one last look with Jane Pauley: January The year began with California becoming the sixth state to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana. Later in the month, a judge sentenced physician Larry Nassar to up to 175 years in jail for sexually abusing more than 250 girls. California ready to go green with legalization of marijuana in 2018 ("CBS Evening News," 12/27/17) California pot dispensaries and consumers face sobering reality ("CBS This Morning," 01/03/18) Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman confronts Larry Nassar in court (CBS News, 01/19/18) Focus turns to culture of abuse after Larry Nassar sentencing ("CBS This Morning, 01/24/18) Aly Raisman speaks out about sexual abuse ("60 Minutes," 09/09/18) February February brought the Winter Olympics to South Korea; and a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 students and staff members. Survivors launched a campaign for stricter gun laws … [Read more...] about The year in review: Top news stories of 2018 month by month
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Dave Barry December 30, 2018 We can summarize 2018 in two words: It boofed. We’re not 100 percent sure what “boofing” is, despite the fact that this very issue was discussed in a hearing of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. All we know for certain about boofing is that it is distasteful and stupid. As was 2018. In spades. What made this year so awful? We could list many factors, including natural disasters, man-made atrocities, the utter depravity of our national political discourse, and the loss of Aretha Franklin. Instead, we’ll cite one event that, while minor, epitomizes 2018: the debut of Dr. Pimple Popper. This is a cable-TV reality show featuring high-definition slo-mo close-up videos of a California dermatologist performing seriously disgusting procedures on individuals with zits the size of mature cantaloupes. You might ask, … [Read more...] about Dave Barry’s year in review: Good riddance to 2018!
News / UK and world by Press Association December 30, 2018, 2:48 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter 2018 was a year of celebration for the royal family, with two royal weddings, two babies and another on the way. Here’s a look at how the year panned out for the Windsors. – JANUARY Princess Charlotte started nursery at Willcocks Nursery School, close to her Kensington Palace home. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released sweet photographs of fourth in line to the throne Charlotte, ready for her first day. William and Kate, who were expecting their third child, carried out a brief official visit to Sweden and Norway amid freezing temperatures and played an unusual form of hockey called bandy in Stockholm. Princess Eugenie’s engagement to Jack Brooksbank was announced and Zara and Mike Tindall said they were expecting their second child. Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continued … [Read more...] about A royal year in review: A look back at the last 12 months for the Windsors