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Americans of all political persuasions are frustrated with the state of the nation, with 85% saying that the country is heading in the wrong direction — including nearly eight in 10 Democrats, according to a new poll. 

The deep dissatisfaction is reflected in both parties, with 92% of Republicans saying the economy is performing poorly — and 78% of Democrats saying the same, an increase of 35 percentage points since March, according to an Associated Press/NORC survey released on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, as the nation prepares to vote in a midterm election that will determine which party controls Congress, President Biden’s job approval rating continues to tank. 

Overall, 60% of Americans disapprove of the job Biden is doing in the White House, including 73% of independents. 

More than a quarter of Democrats (27%) disapprove of Biden, while fewer than three-quarters (72%) approve of him.

Dorothy Vaudo, 66, of North Carolina said she voted for Biden in 2020, but plans to switch parties this year.

Overall, 60% of Americans disapprove of the job Biden is doing in the White House, including 73% of independents. 
Overall, 60% of Americans disapprove of the job Biden is doing in the White House, including 73% of independents. 
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“I’m a Democrat so I had to vote Democrat, but that’s going to change,” she told the Associated Press.

Skyrocketing food and gas prices, the highest rate of inflation in four decades and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a toll on Americans, and they are expressing their displeasure with the president. 

While a majority in the AP-NORC poll credits Biden’s response to the pandemic — with 53% approving — Americans took the president to task for his handling of the economy. 

The deep dissatisfaction is reflected in both parties, with 92% of Republicans saying the economy is performing poorly and 78% of Democrats saying the same.
The deep dissatisfaction is reflected in both parties, with 92% of Republicans saying the economy is performing poorly and 78% of Democrats saying the same.
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While a majority in the AP-NORC poll credits Biden's response to the pandemic -- with 53% approving -- Americans took the president to task for his handling of the economy. 
While a majority in the AP-NORC poll credits Biden’s response to the pandemic — with 53% approving — Americans took the president to task for his handling of the economy. 
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More than two-thirds of Americans (69%) disapprove of the White House’s economic policy, including 93% of Republicans, 84% of independents and 43% of Democrats.

The president also gets failing marks on his approach to gun policy, with 62% of Americans disapproving, including 91% of Republicans, 71% of independents and more than a third of all Democrats (34%). 

Chuck McClain, 74, of Las Vegas, said Biden was “doing the best he can” but added he can’t say “he’s doing a good job,” while also faulting Democrats for not taking advantage of their majorities in Congress.

Skyrocketing food and gas prices, the highest rate of inflation in four decades and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a toll on Americans.
Skyrocketing food and gas prices, the highest rate of inflation in four decades and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a toll on Americans.
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In the end, faced with the price of gas and food, the ongoing war in Ukraine and the stark political divisions across the country, McClain, who describes himself as a loyal Democrat, feels ignored by Washington.

“My wife and I are very frustrated with where the country is headed, and we don’t have a lot of hope for the political end of it to get any better,” he said. 

The poll surveyed 1,953 Americans between June 23-27. 

It has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.



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Ups and downs! Teen Mom alum Maci Bookout and husband Taylor McKinney have faced divorce rumors since getting married in 2016, but they are still going strong today and proving haters wrong.

Fans wondered if the 16 &Pregnant alum and her hubby’s marriage was on the rocks after reports surfaced last year alluding to a split. Luckily, an insider told Us Weekly in February 2020 “there’s no truth” to the speculation. “They laugh at the [rumors] as they are happier than ever together.” 

Maci and Taylor have a lot of history between them, which has made their connection grow even stronger over the years. They first started dating back in 2012 following the MTV star’s split from her childhood friend Kyle King. Prior to that, Maci gave birth to son Bentley in 2008 with ex Ryan Edwards.

In May 2015, Maci and Taylor welcomed their first child together, daughter Jayde Carter. Their second kid, son Maverick Reed, came along in May 2016. The pair tied the knot that October. 

Tragedy struck in 2017 when Maci revealed she suffered a miscarriage. “Her name’s Dandy. Dandelion,” the mom of three told MTV producers at the time. “I think it’s important for people that are watching that we talk about it.” 

However, the pair planned to keep expanding their family. Maci told Us Weekly in 2019 she and Taylor had been interested in adopting but weren’t set on a specific timeline. 

“It’s kind of one of those things, people say, ‘Oh, we’re waiting until we’re ready to have kids.’ You’re never going to be ready. We will never be ready,” she explained to the outlet. “You just have to do it, type of thing. But we want the little ones to be a little bit older.” 

She continued, “Taylor and I both always wanted to adopt. Now it’s just a matter of timing, and really accepting the process … Because we don’t want to adopt a baby. And not that we only want one, but we are open to siblings also.”

Maci actually teased pregnancy rumors in April 2022 and led fans to wonder if she was expecting by sharing a photo of herself while pregnant via Instagram. In the photo, the reality star smiled for the camera as she cradled a baby bump. “Our secret is finally out!” she wrote in the caption.

However, fans that followed a link in Maci’s Instagram bio learned that the photo was old and she was actually promoting an article that detailed her and husband Taylor McKinney‘s relationship.

Scroll down to see Maci and Taylor’s relationship timeline.



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An Australian horse heiress is saddled with charges after being accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy four times in a single day.

Savannah Daisley, 45, faced Waverley Local Court Tuesday on child sex abuse allegations in Sydney, with Judge Jaqueline Milledge denying her bail over the “quite disturbing” allegations.

The glamorous mother of two, who is the daughter of famed Aussie horse breeder Ross Daisley, strongly denies the accusations and intends to plead not guilty.

Cops claim an unbridled Daisley molested the minor four times before 5 p.m. on May 20 of last year. It’s unclear whether the pair were known to each other prior to the alleged acts.

Daisley’s defense lawyer cried neigh — arguing that the accusations against his socialite client were made “in spite,” and that it was an “oath vs oath” case.

However, Prosecutor Daniel Richardson claims evidence, straight from the horse’s mouth, exists: He said a police officer told him about a recording of a tawdry phone call made by the heiress, in which she allegedly admits to kissing the teen.

Daisley is a trained naturopath who founded the business Smart Cleanse — which offers various 14-day detox plans.
Daisley is a trained naturopath who founded the business Smart Cleanse, which offers various 14-day detox plans.
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Richardson claimed that the recording reveals that Daisley had little recollection of the incident, perhaps due to her being intoxicated at the time.

“But she says, ‘I thought you were going to call the police on me, I thought we had placed this in a little box and thrown it deep into the sea,’” the prosecutor told the court. “[The officer’s] instruction to me was the phone call was quite damning to her. The facts are that admissions were made that were captured on telephone intercept and it is a quite serious matter.”

Daisley is accused of having sex with the minor four times on May 20, 2021.
Daisley is accused of having sex with the minor four times on May 20, 2021. The glamorous mom of two is the daughter of famed Australian horse breeder Ross Daisley, whose thoroughbred won the famed Royal Ascot in 2003.
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Daisley’s Instagram account has now been deleted, but a screenshot of a recent post, obtained by news.com.au, features a caption penned by the heiress revealing she was 223 days sober. The post also reveals that she had “walked away from her partner of 8 years.”

Daisley is a trained naturopath who founded the business Smart Cleanse, which offers various 14-day detox plans.

The company website reads: “Over a number of years, Savannah has helped tens of thousands of people detoxify their bodies, lose weight, heal their digestion, improve strength and fitness, eliminate stress, reverse the aging process, overcome various adverse health conditions through the benefits of detoxification, and is passionate about doing so.”

The brunette is also the author of two books: “14 Day Smart Cleanse” and the forthcoming “Epigenetics,” which is set to examine how “stress and toxins have a detrimental effect on cell function and structure.”

The business owner is set to remain behind bars after a judge denied her bail, describing the allegations as "disturbing."
The business owner is set to remain behind bars after a judge denied her bail, describing the allegations as “disturbing.”
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Daisley’s father, Ross Daisley, shot to fame after his thoroughbred racehorse Choisir won the prestigious Royal Ascot and Newmarket races back in 2003.

He offered to pay $10,000 to ensure his daughter would return to court if she was granted conditional freedom. A judge denied the offer.

Daisley will remain behind bars until her next court appearance on August 23.



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She’s come so far. Michelle Duggar gave birth to 19 children, but her last and youngest child, Josie Duggar, was her most difficult delivery. Josie has suffered from many health problems, and many 19 Kids and Counting fans may be wondering how the littlest Duggar is doing today. They should be happy to hear that Josie, now 12, is happy, healthy and thriving!

“Josie was born on December 10, 2009, at 25 1/2 weeks gestation and weighed 1 pound 6 ounces,” the Duggar family wrote via Instagram on December 10, 2018. “Today is a huge milestone for her. She is a healthy, happy 9-year-old that is full of energy. We are so thankful for everyone’s prayers and all of the doctors and nurses at Arkansas Children’s Hospital that saved her life. That was the most difficult time in our family’s life, but by God’s grace, Josie and our whole family made it through!”

It’s hard to believe so much time has passed since Josie’s birth was featured on the TLC series! Here’s a complete rundown of everything we know about the youngest Duggar daughter and how she’s doing nowadays:

What Happened to Josie Duggar?

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Josie was born only 25 weeks into Michelle’s pregnancy — three and a half months premature. Michelle suffered from preeclampsia, which is high blood pressure during pregnancy, and she had to have an emergency C-section to save both her and her baby’s life.

“Oh, the terror that went through my heart when they said this baby has to be delivered in 30 minutes. I thought, ‘This baby is too small to live,’” Michelle said back in 2010. “I was terrified. I cried out to God to have mercy on my baby and me. This was too soon for this baby.”

Josie was a “micro-preemie” who was in NICU for six months after her birth and suffered from health complications like “bowel perforation.” However, the little baby powered through, got stronger and was finally able to come home, prompting her family to call her a “miracle.”

“[When she was born] her skin was see-through,” Michelle said. “She only had two layers of skin. It was transparent. I do not take for granted this precious life that we have here. She’s a miracle that could have gone in either direction.”

Has Josie Duggar Experienced Health Problems?

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Because Josie was a micro-preemie, she’s susceptible to long-term health difficulties, like cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness or learning disabilities, according to ABC News. That point was made clear in 2014 when the little girl, who was 5 years old at the time, suffered a scary seizure that took place right in front of 19 Kids and Counting cameras. The situation was so dire that the show’s director, Scott Enlow, stepped in to assist a terrified Jana Duggar, who was in tears as she held Josie’s body.

Although the whole scene looked frightening, Michelle later explained that Josie often suffered from seizures as a side effect. “One of the little glitches for Josie is that if she runs a fever, she does have a tendency to have febrile seizures,” Michelle explained.

“All of Josie’s seizures have happened around a fever — normally an ear infection,” Josie’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, added during an aftershow special. “Typically, children will outgrow these by the time they’re 10. So, hopefully, she will just get bigger and stronger and outgrow it.”

What Does Josie Duggar Look Like Today?

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Today, Josie is healthy and almost a teenager. Can you believe the girl above is the same tiny premature baby we were first introduced to?

These days, Josie hangs out with her extended family and pops up in a lot of the updates they share with their social media followers. For instance, Michelle and Jim Bob celebrated their youngest child on World Prematurity Day in November 2021.

“I have a heart for micro-preemie moms. The one who has to leave her baby in the NICU every night, for months,” Michelle wrote on the couple’s joint Instagram account.

Outside of just being a kid and going on all these trips with her family, Josie also has a bit of a “career” as a singer. She’s featured on the “Happy Heart” album, along with her sisters Jordyn, Jennifer and Johannah and their niece Mackynzie Duggar.

Fans think she’s Michelle’s “Favorite”

Although we’re sure Michelle and Jim Bob love all their 19 children equally, it is probably a little hard to give them the individual attention they all need or get to know each one on a deeper level. Because of Josie’s tumultuous first year, she has spent more time with Michelle than a lot of her siblings, prompting fans to think that she’s the “favorite.”

Fans have also pointed out that she appears to get away with behavior the other kids don’t get away with, like licking the frosting off of a wedding cake or having temper tantrums in public. However, this is all speculation, and Josie herself appears to be like the average child. Here’s hoping she continues to grow up healthy!





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Sharks are sinking their teeth into beach life near Cape Cod.

Massive man-eaters — including great whites — are lurking in the waters near the popular vacation destination, scientists warned after a sighting shuttered a beach in the area this week.

“Just know that large sharks are here,” Megan Winton, a researcher for the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said at a press conference Wednesday. “They’re a constant presence from June to the fall.”

Winton urged swimmers to beware after a great white was spotted at Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro Tuesday, prompting officials to close the shoreline for roughly an hour.

In the past week, at least 11 sharks have been spotted in the region, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app, which tracks confirmed and unconfirmed sightings.

The apex predators begin migrating to the coast of Massachusetts as the weather warms — and often swim near coastlines that drop off dramatically into deep waters, biologists said.

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Scientists are warning that man-eating sharks, including great whites, can be found in the waters near Cape Cod.
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“Sharks will come close to the shore when they have water depth,” said Greg Skomal, a marine biologist who studies great whites in Massachusetts.

Great Whites tend to flock to the section of  Cape Cod that faces the Atlantic Ocean to feast on its thriving seal population, he said.

Earlier this month, a great white shark was filmed swimming alongside a vacationing family on a boating trip near Cape Cod — striking fear in the hearts of beach-goers.

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At least 11 sharks have been spotted in the region in the last week.
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Vacationers on Wedsday said they planned to stay in shallow waters, according to CBS Boston.

“I would probably put my toes in — that’s it,” said Nicole Fach, who was visiting Cape Cod from Cleveland, Ohio.

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Kelly Clarkson and ex-husband Brandon Blackstock‘s relationship had its ups and downs. Although the couple was largely private, the American Idol alum hinted at trouble several times throughout their marriage prior to filing for divorce.

“If I sat here and told you that everything was perfect, that’d be a damn lie in anybody’s relationship,” the Grammy winner told fans during a Facebook Live in November 2018. “But you have to work at it.”

When a fan sought advice and asked Kelly how she managed to not keep score in the relationship, Kelly confessed was a learning process. “I don’t think it’s a score. I think it’s keeping a tally of how many discussions you’ve had, I think it’s that,” she said. “Honestly, it goes both ways. Like my husband feels like he constantly needs to talk about the same thing; I feel like the same thing with him. There [are] always things you’re working on.”

The “Since You’ve Been Gone” singer and the manager began dating in 2011 and didn’t waste any time settling down. The duo announced their engagement in December 2012 and tied the knot less than a year later.

Within months, Kelly welcomed their first child together, daughter River, in June 2014. She gave birth to son Remington nearly two years later in April 2016. Blackstock shares daughter Savannah and son Seth with ex-wife Melissa Ashworth.

Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse while in quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic. A source told Life & Style Kelly “hated having to self-isolate” with Brandon. “They haven’t been getting along for a while and clash on so many levels.”

The insider added, “They’ve grown apart over the years and being in lockdown together heightened their problems.”

Keep scrolling to see Kelly and Brandon’s complete relationship timeline.



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A Florida pastor has been arrested for exposing himself and masturbating outside a Starbucks, authorities said.

Enginio Dali Muniz-Colon, 39, was taken into custody Monday and charged with exposure of sexual organs.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said Muniz-Colon is a pastor in Kissimmee and teaches online ministry classes.

Enginio Dali Muniz-Colon, 39, was taken into custody in Kissimmee, Florida, on Monday and charged with exposure of sexual organs.
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Enginio Dali Muniz-Colon during his arrest
Enginio Dali Muniz-Colon was nabbed Monday after authorities were alerted to the May 9 masturbating incident.
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The Starbucks in Kissimmee
Authorities said the pastor had previously been arrested under similar circumstances outside the same Starbucks.
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Authorities had been investigating ever since they received a report of a man masturbating on a patio outside the Starbucks on May 9.

Deputies said they eventually identified Muniz-Colon as the suspect and determined he’d previously been charged over a similar incident at the same Starbucks.

Authorities didn’t provide any further details about the pastor’s prior arrest.

Muniz-Colon was booked into the Osceola County Jail on a $1,000 bond.



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She’s grown up in the spotlight! Alana Thompson has changed a lot since her days on the TLC reality series Toddlers & Tiaras

The reality star (a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo) appeared on the show from 2009 to 2012 and documented her time as a child beauty pageant contestant. Fans got to know Alana and her now-famous mother, Mama June Shannon, on season 5. 

At the time, Alana was only 6 years old, but her bubbly personality made her an unforgettable star from the franchise. She had her own lingo and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind while cameras were rolling. The Georgia native often used her signature catchphrases like “redneckonize” and “a dolla makes me holla!”

Alana was such a hit amongst fans that TLC ended up offering her a self-titled spinoff, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, giving a glimpse at her private life. 

Viewers were finally able to meet her dad and June’s ex Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, as well as her sisters Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon, Jessica “Chubbs” Shannon and Anna “Chickadee” Shannon

After three seasons, the spinoff series wrapped in 2014, but her time on reality TV didn’t end there. Alana and her family were given their own TV show on TLC Swamp Mama, which was later canceled. Luckily, they were given the green light on another series starring her mother, titled Mama June: From Not to Hot.

These days, Alana is starting to come into her own! The teen revealed her weight loss plans after sharing a mirror selfie in October. 

In recent years, Alana also learned to brush off her critics like a pro. “You hating but I’m popping regardless [nail polish emoji],” she captioned a photo in November, showing her flashing a peace sign while flaunting her new style.

Listen to these must-have summer beauty tips from Bobbi Brown in under 5 minutes!

Alana’s mother has become a breakout star in her own right and she detailed her own weight loss transformation on From Not to Hot. After completing a recent stint in rehab, June told In Touch she is determined to hit the ground running and shed 70 pounds by implementing new diet and exercise changes.

Meanwhile, Alana currently lives with her older sister Lauryn, who has full custody of her. She welcomed twins – a son named Sylus Ray and a daughter named Stella Renae – in May 2022 with husband Josh Efird.  The couple also share daughter Ella and son Bentley Jameson Efird.

Prior to Bentley’s arrival, June gushed about how proud she is of Lauryn for taking Alana under her wing.

“Even though she didn’t have to step up [as a mother figure to Alana], she did, and you know, in our family … we’ve always stuck together,” the mom of four told In Touch exclusively.

Scroll through Honey Boo Boo’s transformation photos below.



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A serial killer already on death row in Oklahoma pleaded guilty Wednesday to three cold-case murders in Texas and was sentenced to life in prison.

William Lewis Reece, 62, first pleaded guilty in a courtroom in Galveston in the 1997 slayings of 12-year-old Laura Smither and 17-year-old Jessica Cain.

He was then transferred to nearby Angleton to enter a guilty plea in the disappearance and murder of 20-year-old Kelli Cox.

In each of the three cases, Reece received a life sentence, which he cannot appeal.

“Twenty-five years is an awfully long time to be waiting for justice and there were a number of years in there where we truly didn’t think we’d ever see this day,” said Laura Smither’s mother, Gay Smither, according to KPRC.

Reece was serving a 60-year prison sentence for the 1998 Texas kidnapping of Sandra Sapaugh in 2016 when he began cooperating with investigations of the other cases.

Laura Smither, 12, was found murdered in south Houston in April 1997, two weeks after she failed to return from a morning jog.
Laura Smither, 12, was found murdered in south Houston in April 1997, two weeks after she failed to return from a morning jog.
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Kelli Cox, a 20-year-old student, was last seen alive in Denton, Texas, in July 1997.
Kelli Cox, a 20-year-old student, was last seen alive in Denton, Texas, in July 1997.
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In Aug. 1997, Jessica Cain, 17, went to a party and never came home.
In August 1997, Jessica Cain, 17, went to a party and never came home.
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In 2021, he was sentenced to death for the 1997 killing of 19-year-old Tiffany Johnson in Oklahoma City.

Reece carried out the killing spree in Texas and Oklahoma over a five-month period in 1997, after he had already served 10 years in Oklahoma state prison for raping two women.

Smither failed to return from a morning jog in Friendswood in April 1997. Her remains were found more than two weeks later about 30 miles away in a retention pond in south Houston.

On July 15, 1997, Kelli Cox, a 20-year-old criminology student at the University of North Texas, was leaving a tour of a Denton jail when she discovered she had locked her keys in her car, reported Fox 26.

Cox walked to a nearby gas station to call her boyfriend. She was never seen alive again, leaving behind a young daughter.

Just two weeks later in Bethany, Oklahoma, Tiffany Johnston, a 19-year-old newlywed, was abducted from a carwash. Her body was discovered the following day in a field in Yukon. She had been raped and strangled.

In August 1997, Jessica Cain went to a party to celebrate her performance in a high school musical. Her truck was later found abandoned near her home on Tiki Island, Texas.

In October of that year, Reece was arrested for the aggravated kidnapping of Sapaugh. He was convicted of that crime in 1998 and sentenced to 60 years in prison.

While he was serving his term in Texas, investigators in Oklahoma linked Reece to Johnston’s rape and murder and charged him in that case.

Hoping to secure a more lenient sentence, Reece began talking to the authorities and confessed to the murders in Texas after getting a promise from a Ranger that prosecutors would not seek the death penalty.

Reece is on death row in Oklahoma for the murder of 19-year-old Tiffany Johnson.
Reece is on death row in Oklahoma for the murder of 19-year-old Tiffany Johnson.
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In the spring of 2016, Reece led cops to Cain’s remains in a pasture in south Houston, and to Cox’s remains in rural Brazoria County.

In court Wednesday, some of the victims’ relatives gave emotional impact statements, describing the anguish of their loss.

Gay Smither, Laura’s mother, thanked her daughter’s killer for telling the truth about what happened and told him she forgave him, after languishing in “a prison of anger and rage.”

Reece, pictured arriving in Texas court Wednesday, was sentenced to life in prison.
Reece arrives in Texas court on June 29, 2022.
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Reece had gone on the 5-month-long murderous rampage in 1997 after previously serving 10 years for raping two women.
Reece had gone on the five-month-long murderous rampage in 1997 after previously serving 10 years for raping two women.
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Alexis Bynum, Cox’s daughter, was just 19 months old when her mother was murdered. She said she had spent years searching for her missing mom.

“At the end of the day we’re able to shut the chapter on this part of it and not have to worry about him hurting anyone else,” Bynum said.

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The nhow Amsterdam RAI Hotel is a striking building along the Zuidas (southern axis) of the Amsterdam Ring (A10) highway. With its three triangular blocks stacked atop one another, each at a different angle, it looks like a Rubik’s cube in play. I often passed it when it was being constructed and it never failed to intrigue me. It was completed just as the COVID-19 pandemic struck so I never got to check it out… until now. I treated myself and my partner to a weekend there to celebrate our anniversary, and, well, here’s my review of nhow Amsterdam RAI:





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Designed by OMA, a world-renowned Dutch architect firm, the nhow Amsterdam RAI has 650 rooms, making it the largest hotel in the Netherlands. Its design was inspired by the advertising column in front of the RAI convention centre. I’m not a fan of big hotels, however, I was excited to stay in this unique building.


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The design of nhow Amsterdam RAI was inspired by this advertising column at the RAI convention centre.

The perfect location!

Situated next to the RAI Convention centre, various train/metro stations and the A10 highway, nhow Amsterdam RAI (map) is a stone’s throw away from the Zuidas financial district, just 10 minutes by metro to the city centre and 10 minutes by car/train to Schiphol Airport. In addition, the best sights of Amsterdam are within easy reach, making it perfect for business people and tourists alike.

The room

Check-in was swift and the front office staff were friendly and helpful. During the booking process, I opted for a room with a city view. I was allocated room 1101, which had a city view, but, as I later discovered, the views from the higher floors (18 and above) are much better.


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My room




The view from room 1101. In the foreground is the RAI convention centre while the Amsterdam city centre lies in the background.

The room itself was bright and spacious, and I loved the little design touches, such as the fish in the bedside tables, the old-fashioned telephone and the cool kettle. The bedside reading lights were well-designed too, as you could adjust both the height as well as the angle of the lamp. Love it when cool design is coupled with handy functionality!





Loved the fish in the bedside tables!




And the ‘old-fashioned’ telephone.




The cool kettle.

The bathroom was of a decent size with a fabulous rain shower and refillable toiletries. The king-size bed and pillows were incredibly comfortable – I slept very well that night!





That was a super comfy bed!

There was also a small fridge, which I later filled with wine and snacks I purchased at the small shop on the ground floor. Above the fridge were a coffee/tea making corner, with a kettle and espresso machine.

 

The hotel

I started my exploration of the hotel by taking the lift to the 17th floor. There’s a restaurant there where guests can enjoy breakfast and dinner. I found a striking restaurant with fantastic views of the city and the suburbs; I even spotted the Utrecht skyline, some 30 kilometers away! The restaurant also has three outdoor terraces, each with a different view.


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The restaurant on the 17th floor.




The city view from the terrace.

I didn’t have dinner there but breakfast the next morning sure was a treat. It was a Sunday morning and the breakfast buffet was large and varied. There was also a station with sparkling wine (cava) and ingredients to make a Bloody Mary. Nice! The food was great but the view was definitely the highlight!

As I explored the hotel, I found 3 gyms (!) on the 9th, 16th and 19th floors. On the first floor was a large lounge and bar, as well as the Guest Relations counters. This is the most colourful space in the hotel, with brightly coloured Asian-African-Middle-Eastern-inspired figures and motifs covering the walls and floor. My partner and I found a corner, ordered some wine and simply watched other guests taking photos and selfies of this cool space.





The colourful interior on the 1st floor.




The lounge




I loved this space with the Middle Eastern lamps.




My partner and I parked ourselves here for a bit.

One architectural detail that caught my eye as I looked at the building from the outside were the circular ‘skylights’ under each protruding section. I searched for these inside the building and they were exactly what I thought they were: glass floors. They can be found on various floors such as the 18th floor.





There are several glass floors on the 18th floor.

Conclusion

We had a lovely stay at nhow Amsterdam RAI Hotel. It has a lot going for it: a fantastic location, great views, comfy rooms, a very cool interior and terrific staff. My only concern is the size of the hotel, with its 650 rooms. I wonder, considering the relatively small reception area and the lounge/bar, how it’ll be when the hotel is fully booked. That said, whether you’re visiting Amsterdam as a tourist or for business/convention purposes, or if you’re looking for a weekend/couples getaway, the nhow Amsterdam RAI certainly is a hotel for all reasons. Check the rates for nhow Amsterdam RAI (Booking.com).

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