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Harry, Meghan ditch shoes, break royal protocol for beach appearance

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s trip to Australia has been all about the photo op. And today’s visit to a beach is no exception as the royal couple broke protocol and got rid of their shoes to walk in the sand.

And it was Harry who decided to get rid of this shoes and put his feet in the sand, Sky News reported. After he removed his footwear, Meghan followed suit and handed her espadrilles to her prince on Bondi Beach. 

>>Photos: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry tour Australia

They were there to meet a surfing community group called OneWave and participate in “Fluro Friday.”

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“Fluro Friday” is a time when surfers don neon and flowers to discuss mental health issues, BBC reported

Prince Harry has been candid about his struggles with depression after his mother, Princess Diana’s, death more than 20 years ago.

“I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle,” Harry has said, according to The Guardian.

Harry and Meghan took part in an “anti-bad vibe circle,” Insider reported.

One Wave’s founder, Grant Trebilco, suffers from bipolar disorder. 

And it’s a combination of surfing and talking that get him through his mental health issues.

>>Read: Meghan Markle channels Princess Diana in first visit after royal baby announcement

“The things that really saved me was surfing and the other thing was talking about it,” Trebilco told The Guardian. “Two of my closest friends started sharing their stories about depression and I never knew.”

Prince Harry, along with Prince William and Kate Middleton, have started their own foundation, Heads Together, to help people deal with mental health. 

>>Read: Meghan Markle pregnant, expecting first child with Prince Harry

After the morning session on the beach, Harry and Meghan went to Macarthur Girls High School in Parramatta, Australia, to talk to the students about their social justice project and youth empowerment, The Guardian reported.  

After, Harry climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge to raise the flag for the Invictus Games

Harry founded the games for wounded and sick members of the military. The games will run from Oct. 20 through Oct. 27 in Sydney.

Banksy's shredding prank was supposed to totally destroy artwork

The director’s cut did not quite follow the plan.

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The British street artist whose “Girl With Balloon” artwork self-shredded after being sold for $1.4 million at a Sotheby’s auction on Oct. 5, suggested that the painting was supposed to be totally destroyed, and that the machine jammed, the BBC reported. 

As art patrons gasped, Banksy’s work began passing through a shredder hidden in its frame and stopped about halfway through its destructive operation.

In a clip posted to YouTube called “Shred the Love: The Director’s Cut,” a man is shown building the frame and then completely shreds a copy of “Girl With Balloon.” A caption in the video notes that “In rehearsals it worked every time.”

>> Banksy artwork self-destructs

“It does look like paper coming out, but there is a chance it could be a fine linen,” said Danielle Howe, who works at John Jones, a London-based canvas supplier, told The New York Times. “(But) it’s difficult to determine without looking at the work in person.”

Alex Branczik, Sotheby's head of contemporary art in Europe, repeated that the auction house was not privy to Banksy’s stunt, the BBC reported.

“Some people think the auction house were in on it, they weren’t,” Banksy said in an Instagram post on Thursday that pointed people to the YouTube video.

In an interview with The Art Newspaper, Branczik said Sotheby’s had asked Pest Control, Banksy’s official authentication body, if the frame could be removed before the auction.

“Pest Control said very clearly: The frame is integral to the artwork,” Branczik told the magazine. "Which it was. Just not in the sort of way that we thought.”

The buyer of the artwork has kept it, the Times reported. It has been renamed “Love Is in the Bin,” after Pest Control issued a new authentication certificate, the newspaper reported.

Canadian Girl Guide, 9, sells out of cookies in front of cannabis store

On the first day of legal sales of cannabis from Canadian retail stores, a 9-year-old Girl Guide saw her chance to cash in. 

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Elina Childs of Edmonton and her father showed up at Nova Cannabis on Wednesday, pulling a wagon full of cookies, CBC reported.

Elina sold all 30 boxes in less than 45 minutes, earning $120.

"It amazed me how quickly they went," Elina’s father, Seann Childs, told CBC. "Even people in cars driving on the avenue there would stop and roll down their window and ask for cookies." 

Elina told CTV News Channel that it was her father’s idea to sell the cookies. Childs said he got the idea after hearing that a Girl Scout in San Diego used a similar marketing ploy in February after recreational marijuana was legalized in California, CBC reported. That girl sold 312 boxes of cookies in a few hours during Super Bowl weekend.

>> California Girl Scout sells 312 boxes of cookies near pot dispensary

Elina has cystic fibrosis and usually cannot be near people who smoke, but Childs saw it as chance for his daughter to benefit from pot smokers.

"We were looking at it as an opportunity to educate her on what marijuana is and the fact that it's legal in Canada now," Childs told CBC. "Everybody we met was incredibly friendly, it was a great atmosphere and there was not a single thing going on in that line that I saw that I would just say, 'Oh, my God, I need to shield your eyes from this.'

"Everybody was respectful, everybody was happy, and she walked away from it as this incredibly positive experience as well as selling out all her Brownie cookies. She can go and be happy that she'd done that and help support the Guides too."

Red Sox top Astros, punch ticket to World Series

David Price put his postseason woes behind him, pitching the Boston Red Sox back into another World Series with a 4-1 victory against the defending champion Houston Astros on Thursday night.

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Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer as the Red Sox stunned Justin Verlander and the Astros in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series to win the best-of-seven set 4-1, a perfect 43rd birthday present for rookie manager Alex Cora. After dropping the opener at home, Boston took four straight -- including three in a row at Minute Maid Park -- to improve to 5-0 on the road in the 2018 playoffs.

Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and the Red Sox will try to bring Boston its fourth World Series crown in 15 years when they open the World Series on Tuesday night at home in Fenway Park against the Los Angeles Dodgers or Milwaukee Brewers. The Red Sox were last in the World Series when they won it all in 2013.Los Angeles has a 3-2 lead in the NLCS going into Game 6 on Friday night at Miller Park.

Former pro wrestler 'Dirty' Dick Slater dead at 67

Former professional wrestler Dick Slater, a volatile performer whose nicknames of “Dirty Dick” and “Mr. Unpredictable” were a testament to his reputation, has died, World Wrestling Entertainment said in a statement Thursday. He was 67.

Details of Slater’s death have not been released.

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“I have so many memories of Dickie,” said former pro wrestler Gerald Brisco, who wrestled with and against Slater and is currently a WWE talent scout. “I loved him and we laughed about the many stories we shared through the years.”

One of seven children, Richard Van Slater was born in Albany, New York, on May 19, 1951. He lived in Ravena, New York, before moving to Tampa, Florida, with his mother and stepfather when he was 9. 

Slater began wrestling as an amateur with his Robinson High School classmate and future pro wrestling friend -- and foe -- Mike Graham. He attended the University of Tampa, where he was a teammate of another future wrestling star, Paul Orndorff.

Slater wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance during the 1970s and was a familiar face on the Florida promotion’s weekly television show, “Championship Wrestling From Florida.” 

Slater was known for his rough-and-tumble tactics and was involved in several wrestling feuds when he performed in Florida. The match results could be unpredictable, too. After interfering in a 1974 match at Miami Marine Stadium, Slater was tossed into Biscayne Bay by Dusty Rhodes, according to The Miami News.

Slater’s career accelerated when he became a fixture in the Georgia Championship Wrestling promotion. Wrestling mostly as a “heel,” or villain, Slater’s unorthodox, brawling style made him a box office star.

Slater also wrestled for World Championship Wrestling and traveled to Japan. He wrestled for WWE in 1986-87.

"Slater was a prolific competitor during the 1970s and 1980s in Georgia Championship Wrestling, Mid-South Wrestling and Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, where he teamed with WWE Hall of Famer Bob Orton and had a memorable rivalry with WWE Hall of Famer Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts," WWE said in its statement. "WWE extends its condolences to Slater’s family, friends and fans.”

Despite his gruff exterior, Slater could be a prankster in the locker room, Brisco said.

One incident in Charlotte, North Carolina, during the mid-1980s was typical.

“On our way to the arena, Dick saw a fireworks stand where you could buy big cherry bombs,” Brisco said. “Jack (Brisco’s brother) and I were heels at the time so we were in the same dressing room. 

“Dick got his fireworks out and one was a whirlybird bomb. He lights it and it goes up and I’m next to Dick. When it comes down it went right into my right cheek and sets my new jeans on fire,” Brisco said. “I’m on fire, my pants are on fire. And I still have the burn mark.

“We all laugh but I have no pants and my cheek is burned. But Dick went out and bought me some new Levi’s. He thought it was great. I didn’t.”

Slater’s life outside the ring could also be volatile, as he had several brushes with the law. His most serious offense occurred on Dec. 27, 2003, when he was charged with attempted murder for stabbing his ex-girlfriend, Theresa Marie Halbert, three times with an 8-inch butcher knife, the Tampa Bay Times reported in 2003.

After pleading no contest, Slater was sentenced in June 2004 to a year of house arrest followed by two years of probation, the newspaper reported.

In a 1987 lawsuit, Slater was accused of aggravated battery for allegedly body-slamming Bruce Siira and breaking his knee outside a bar in Lantana, Florida.

In 2012, Slater collaborated with Linton Herbert on his autobiography, “1,000 Lives: Autobiography of Richard Van ‘Dirty Dick’ Slater.

“I’ve lived a thousand lives,” Slater wrote. “Most men can’t say that, but I can because I have lived a thousand lives.”

Photos: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry tour Australia

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018.

Hillary Clinton unhurt in Jersey City parking garage crash

Hillary Clinton apparently suffered no injuries when the Secret Service vehicle she was riding in Monday night was involved in a crash, NJ.com reported.

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Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, was traveling to a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez in Jersey City, where she was the featured speaker. The Secret Service vehicle pulled into a parking garage, made a left turn and hit a concrete crossbeam, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

In its accident report, Jersey City police said the driver told them she drove into the garage and said the crossbeam was not marked with its height. All passengers refused medical attention, according to the AP.

The former first lady left the vehicle and walked to the fundraiser.

The Secret Service said no injuries were reported; the Jersey City Police Department is investigating, NJ.com reported.

Tennessee angler's catch certified as world record

A Tennessee man who reeled in a big fish learned that his catch was a world record, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

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Lionel Ferguson, of Philadelphia, Tennessee, hauled in a black crappie weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces, on May 15, the newspaper reported. The International Game Fish Association announced that Ferguson officially broke the previous world record of 5 pounds set in 200 by John R. Horstman.

Ferguson caught the fish at Richeison Pond in Loudon County, the News Sentinel reported. 

"When I caught the fish, I was hollering,” Ferguson told the newspaper. “Most people probably thought somebody shot me."

Ferguson already held the state record for the fish, as the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency confirmed the fish’s size in June, WBIR reported. The previous mark had stood since 1985, when Clyde Freeman caught a 4-pound, 4-ounce black crappie, the television station reported.

A TWRA biologist sent a clipping of the fish’s fin for DNA testing to ensure it was not a hybrid, WBIR reported.

The IGFA receives 500 world record applications annually, and keeps 1,472 different species records internationally. 

Caroll Spinney, original Big Bird, retiring from 'Sesame Street'

The man who has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since “Sesame Street” debuted in 1969 is retiring this week, Sesame Workshop said Wednesday in a news release.

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Caroll Spinney, 84, will perform his roles for the final time Thursday. The puppeteer’s roles will be taken by Matt Vogel, who will perform as Big Bird; and Eric Jacobson, who will play Oscar. Spinney has mentored both men for more than 20 years.

“Big Bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul,” said Spinney said in a statement. “And I plan to be an ambassador for Sesame Workshop for many years to come. After all, we’re a family! But now it’s time for two performers that I have worked with and respected – and actually hand-picked for the guardianship of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch – to take my alter-egos into their hands and continue to give them life.”

During his 49 years on “Sesame Street,” Spinney appeared on “thousands” of the more than 4,400 episodes of the children’s show, a Sesame Workshop spokesman told the The New York Times.

As Big Bird, Spinney has traveled around the world, visiting China with comedian Bob Hope. He has also performed in the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Germany, Canada and Australia. Big Bird has danced with the Rockettes and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The character also has been featured on a U.S. postage stamp and was named a Living Legend in 2000 by the Library of Congress.

“Since 1969, Caroll’s kind and loving view of the world has helped shape and define this institution,” Jeffrey D. Dunn, Sesame Workshop’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “Throughout his unparalleled career, Caroll Spinney gave something truly special to the world. With deepest admiration, Sesame Workshop is proud to carry his legacy – and his beloved characters – into the future.”

In October 2012, The Atlantic reported that Spinney made about $314,000 a year in his roles on “Sesame Street.” From a personal standpoint, Spinney met his wife, Debra, on the show’s set in 1973, Sesame Workshop said in its statement. They have been married 45 years, the New York Post reported. 

“Before I came to Sesame Street, I didn’t feel like what I was doing was very important. Big Bird helped me find my purpose,” Spinney said in a statement. “Even as I step down from my roles, I feel I will always be Big Bird.”

Spinney had to stop puppeteering as Big Bird in 2015 due to problems with his balance, the Times reported. Since then he has limited his roles to voices for Big Bird and Oscar.

His final recordings will be aired on “Sesame Street’s” 50th anniversary in 2020 on PBS, the newspaper reported. Spinney said he will remain a “Sesame Street” ambassador.

“I’ll be 100 years old, doing Muppet stuff,” Spinney told the Times.

Pippa Middleton gives birth to baby boy

The extended royal family has grown by one again. Pippa Middleton, sister of Duchess Catherine and sister-in-law of Prince William, welcomed a baby boy. 

It is the first child for Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews, Express reported.

The baby weighs 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was born Monday afternoon, CNN and Press Association reported.

Pippa gave birth in the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, CNN reported. It is the same hospital where her older sister Kate gave birth to her children.

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Kensington Palace issued a statement on the birth of the baby, saying “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are thrilled for Pippa and James,” Express reported.

It is not expected that Kate will visit Pippa at the hospital, but will meet her sister and her new nephew in private, much like what Pippa did.

The Matthews were married last May at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, England.

The couple just last week attended the wedding of Princess Eugenie in Windsor, CNN reported.

The baby’s arrival came shortly after the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were expecting a baby next spring.

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