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‘Roger Rabbit’ animator Richard Williams dead at 86

Richard Williams, best known as the animator behind “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “The Pink Panther,” has died at the age of 86.

His family confirmed the news to The Guardian: “The 86-year-old triple Oscar and triple Bafta winner, who was born in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Britain in the 1950s, died at his home in Bristol on Friday.”

Williams had cancer but he “was still animating and writing till the day he died,” according to his daughter Natasha Sutton Williams.

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Animator Richard Williams (Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

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Williams’ career straddled the Golden Age of Animation, which petered out between the 1950s and 1960s, and the rise of computer-assisted animation in the 1990s.

His best-known work remains as director of animation for “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” a 1988 film that married live-action cinema and cartoons from all eras.

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Bob Hoskins is seduced by Jessica Rabbit in a scene from the film ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, 1988.  (Buena Vista/Getty Images)

He also worked on the James Bond film “Casino Royale” and was a voice actor and author.

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Williams is survived by his wife and longtime collaborator, Imogen Sutton, their two children, and four children from two previous marriages.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Kourtney Kardashian shares unedited bikini snap with fans: ‘I love my stripes’

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Kourtney Kardashian says she “loves her stripes” after fans applauded the mother of three for not editing a picture of herself in a revealing bikini.

While on a recent trip to Italy, the reality TV star shared a snap of herself in high-cut swimsuit with her stretch marks visible. The picture, which was posted to her lifestyle Instagram page Poosh, received high marks from her followers.

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“Thank you so much for not editing out your stretch marks!!” one user wrote, to which Kardashian replied “I love my stripes.”

“I love the fact that you let your stretch marks show! Proud, hot mama!!” another person commented.

Other fans commented on the star embracing “normal bodies” and helping to promote a “real” image of everyday women.

“Stretch marks #realwomen”

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The oldest Kardashian shared her fears about turning 40 this year during the latest season of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” when she admitted to feeling anxiety about the newest chapter in her life.

“I do think that turning 40, like it almost makes you analyze like where you’re at in your life,” she said. “It’s just giving me anxiety.”

Fox News’ Jeremy Nifras contributed to this report.

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ICE arrests illegal immigrant accused of rape 2 months after he was released on bond

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A North Carolina sheriff has been accused by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials of ignoring an ICE detainer in the case of an illegal immigrant who was captured this month — two months after he was released on bond in a rape case.

“By releasing a previously deported alien facing serious criminal charges, Mecklenburg County chose to release a serious public safety threat onto the streets of Charlotte where he was free to potentially harm others for nearly two months until his capture by ICE,” the agency officials said Friday.

Charlotte police arrested Oscar Pacheco-Leonardo June 14 on rape and indecent liberties with a minor charges. Online records show Pacheco-Leonardo was accused of having sex with a child under the age of 13. He was due back in court in October.

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ICE said it issued a detainer the next day but it wasn’t honored and the 33-year-old Honduran national was released June 16 by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. The immigration enforcement agency said Pacheco-Leonardo reentered the U.S. illegally after being deported in 2006.

“This arrest is simply the latest in a continuing list of unlawfully present foreign nationals released from Mecklenburg County custody over the past nine months despite serious criminal charges that pose a clear threat to public safety,” ICE said.

ICE said the 48-hour detainer could have given the agency time to take custody of Pacheco-Leonardo to deport him.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden defended himself Friday at a news conference in which he took no questions, Fox 46 Charlotte reported.

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McFadden said Pacheco-Leonardo was released after he put up $100,000 in bond set by a Mecklenburg judge in the rape case.

The sheriff said ICE could have sought a criminal arrest warrant for Pacheco-Leonardo for illegal re-entry but did not.

“The reasons for that decision have yet to be satisfactorily explained to me or to the public,” he said.

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He stopped honoring ICE detainers after being elected sheriff last fall.

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Iranian tanker set to leave Gibraltar despite US warrant to seize vessel

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The United States faced an against-the-clock legal battle to re-seize an Iranian supertanker caught in a diplomatic standoff before the vessel’s shipping agent said Saturday he would go ahead with the ship’s planned departure from Gibraltar on Sunday or Monday.

The head of the company sorting paperwork and procuring for the Grace 1 oil tanker in the British overseas territory said the vessel could be sailing away in the next “24 to 48 hours,” once new crews dispatched to the territory take over command of the ship.

“The vessel is ongoing some logistical changes and requirements that have delayed the departure,” Astralship managing director Richard De la Rosa told The Associated Press.

He said the new crews were Indian and Ukrainian nationals hired by the Indian managers of the ship and that his company had not been informed about the supertanker’s next destination.

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The tanker, which carries 2.1 million tons of Iranian light crude oil, had been detained for over a month in Gibraltar for allegedly attempting to breach European Union sanctions on Syria. The arrest fueled tension between London and Tehran, which seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz in apparent retaliation.

Analysts had said the release of the Grace 1 by Gibraltar could see Britain’s Stena Impero go free.

But late on Friday, a day after the tanker was released from detention, the U.S. obtained a warrant to seize the vessel over violations of U.S. sanctions, money laundering and terrorism statutes. Washington is seeking to take control of the oil tanker, all of the petroleum aboard and $995,000, unsealed court documents showed.

The latest turn of events come as tensions continue to rise in the Persian Gulf since President Donald Trump last year unilaterally pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 nuclear deal signed by Iran and other world powers. In recent weeks, oil tankers in the region have been the subject of attacks and seizures, dragging among others London and Tehran into a bitter diplomatic row.

The Gibraltar Supreme Court didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on whether the U.S. request had been filed there. Britain’s Foreign Office deferred questions to the government of Gibraltar, but calls and emails to its offices on how authorities planned to respond to Washington’s move went unanswered.

Messages left with the U.S. Embassy in London were not immediately returned.

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The chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, had warned the U.S. that a new legal case would need to be examined by the territory’s courts following the end of the tanker’s detention this week. Picardo said he had been assured in writing by the Iranian government that the tanker wouldn’t unload its cargo in Syria.

Richard Wilkinson, a lawyer representing three crew members of the Grace 1 oil tanker, including its Indian captain, said he was “not aware of any reason why the ship won’t sail on Sunday, as it is to be planned.”

“As far as Europe is concerned, and it’s common ground, there’s been no criticism or complaints that this vessel is carrying oil from Iran, the only problem from the European point of view was the destination of the vessel and that has been sorted,” Wilkinson said.

He also said that he doubted that the U.S. had any jurisdiction to enforce its own sanctions in Gibraltar, where he saw “little political will” to re-seize the tanker.

The time window for a new seizure was also rapidly closing, as workers were seen by an AP crew hanging on a ladder to repaint the vessel’s bow with the name “Adrian Darya 1” over the place where “Grace 1” had already been blackened out.

The ship was reportedly no longer sailing under a Panamanian flag, but no signs of a new one could be seen on Saturday.

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The shipping agent, De la Rosa, said that “if the Americans came forth with some kind of request or specific order, it would have to be looked into by the judges, but I don’t think that’s materialized.”

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Very Good Service Dogs Watch ‘Billy Elliot: The Musical’ At The Theater

Service dogs in Canada caught a performance of “Billy Elliot: The Musical” as part of their training last week.

And cute images of the pooches peering over the backs of seats at the Festival Theatre in Stratford, Ontario, are now going viral.

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The group of dogs attended one of the Stratford Festival’s “relaxed performances.”

The shows are “specifically designed to welcome patrons who will benefit from a less restricted audience environment,” according to the festival’s website.

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Laura MacKenzie, owner of K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs, where the animals are being trained, explained to CBC Radio how the theater “gives us the opportunity to expose the dogs to different stimuli such as lights, loud noises and movement of varying degrees.”

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The dogs curled up quietly at their handlers’ feet or under the seats during the performance, MacKenzie told HuffPost on Saturday.

“The photo was taken after the show, with the handlers standing nearby, but surely they would have stayed that way throughout the show if we let them,” she noted. 

“The positive reaction to our outing is both shocking and amazing,” MacKenzie added. “We are hoping that our adorable photo will be a good opportunity to educate the public about service dogs and accommodating people with disabilities.”

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New York City police apprehend man wanted in subway pressure cooker scare

Police in New York City have apprehended the man they say caused a mass evacuation during Friday morning’s commute after he allegedly left several pressure cookers throughout a busy Manhattan subway.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea shared a tweet Saturday morning of a man caught on surveillance the previous day removing two rice cookers from a shopping cart and placing them inside the Fulton Street subway station in lower Manhattan.

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Officials did not identify the individual but confirmed that he had been “located” and that the investigation was on going.

Police swarmed the area at around 7 a.m. Friday after one pressure cooker was located on the mezzanine and another on the platform of a subway station just a few blocks away from the World Trade Center.

Multiple subway lines were partially suspended during the investigation at Fulton Street, and delays continued throughout the morning before police eventually determined that the objects were not explosives.

Authorities did not say what the nature of the man’s intentions were, with one official stopping just short of calling him a “suspect.”

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This photo provided by NYPD shows a suspicious object which looks like a pressure cooker or electric crockpot on the floor of the New York City Subway platform on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 in New York. (AP)

“It is possible that somebody put out a bunch of items in the trash today and this guy picked them up and then discarded them, or it’s possible that this was an intentional act,” the NYPD’s top counterterror official John Miller said.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said earlier, however, that the items were placed in the subway “to suggest that they were electronic devices and possible bombs.”

Pressure cookers have recently become the device of choice for several domestic terror plots over the last several years.

Pressure cookers packed with explosives killed three people and injured hundreds when a pair of Islamic extremists detonated them during the Boston Marathon in 2013.

In September 2016, a pressure-cooker bomb went off in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, injuring 30 people.

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In 2017, a would-be suicide attacker set off a homemade pipe bomb in an underground passageway at the Times Square subway station during rush hour, seriously injuring himself.

Although the name of the man in question has not been confirmed by police, he was identified as 26-year-old Larry Kenton Griffin of West Virginia by his brother in an interview with the Daily Mail. Griffin’s brother claimed he is “bipolar” and that the incident Friday was a “cry for help.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Joe Kennedy III mulling Dem primary challenge for Massachusetts Senate seat

Another member of the Kennedy political dynasty reportedly has their eyes on a Senate seat.

The 38-year-old Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy III — the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy – is considering a primary challenge in 2020 against the 73-year-old incumbent Democratic Senator Ed Markey, the New York Times reported Saturday.

The paper cited a Democratic official who said Kennedy would decide on a campaign in the coming weeks. A Kennedy primary challenge would undoubtedly draw national attention to the primary.

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The 38-year-old Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy III — the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy – is considering a primary challenge in 2020 against the 73-year-old incumbent Democratic Senator Ed Markey. (Getty)

He would be the fourth Kennedy to serve in the Senate. In addition to his grandfather, his great-uncles John F. Kennedy, the former president, and Ted Kennedy also were elected to the Senate.

Markey’s campaign told the New York Times that the incumbent still plans to run for re-election, regardless of what Kennedy decides. “Ed is not going anywhere,” Markey adviser Paul Tencher said. “He’s going to run, and he’s going to run no matter who is in this race.”

In recent days, there have been signs that Kennedy, who delivered the Democratic rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union last year, is interested in the seat.

Politico reported the existence of a July telephone poll in Massachusetts of a hypothetical Markey-Kennedy race. Then, a “Jump in, Joe!” group of Kennedy supporters launched a website and a Facebook group earlier this week.

“He has energy, courage, integrity, and progressive ideas,” the website for the group says. “The United States Senate needs a bench of proactive, progressive leaders to counter the divisive tactics of Senator Mitch McConnell and his Republican Party. We believe the United States Senate needs Joe Kennedy III.”

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Some Massachusetts voters see Ed Markey as potentially vulnerable to a primary challenge, and one group is even trying to persuade U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy to run for his seat.  (AP)

In a statement to Politico, Kennedy’s spokesman would only say Kennedy is running for re-election to the House – without directly commenting on the Senate seat.

“Congressman Kennedy is humbled by the support of so many folks in Massachusetts. As he has said, he is running for reelection in the 4th District,” Kennedy spokesperson Emily Kaufman told the outlet.

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Kennedy was first elected to Congress in 2012. Markey was first elected to Congress in 1976, becoming a senator in 2013 when then-Sen. John Kerry became secretary of state in the Obama administration.

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Megan Rapinoe Reveals How She Deals With Her Parents Watching Fox News

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Megan Rapinoe has explained how she deals with her parents watching Fox News, in light of the attacks some of its hosts and contributors leveled at her during the U.S. women’s soccer team’s recent World Cup-winning run in France.

“I’m very similar to how they are, even though I think my dad voted for Trump and I’ll say: ’I don’t get it. How are you simultaneously as proud as punch of me, and watching Fox News all the time, [who are doing] takedowns of your daughter?” the team’s co-captain told The Guardian in an interview published Saturday. “That’s why I’m like: ‘You guys need to go to therapy.’”

Rapinoe, who is gay, drew ire from Fox News personalities after she used her platform to speak out against President Donald Trump and his administration and call for the U.S. Soccer Federation to pay the women’s national team the same as its male counterparts.

The star midfielder declared during the tournament that she wouldn’t visit the “fucking White House” if invited by Trump, who later attacked her on Twitter. 

Rapinoe called her online clash with the president “ridiculous and absurd.” “People were like: ‘That was so intense!’ And I’m like: ‘Honestly, he’s a fucking joke, so it wasn’t intense, because this is ridiculous,’” she said.

Earlier in the interview, the 34-year-old also recalled growing up learning unspoken lessons about equality in what was a nonpolitical household. “Both of my parents should be really progressive ― especially my mom ― and I don’t get that they’re not,” she said. “I’m always saying: ‘You guys should really be Democrats!’ But they’re not, so what’s happening?”

Their differences in political opinions have led to some major blowups, she acknowledged. But Rapinoe remains close to her family.

“It’s not like: ‘Ugh, I’m from a conservative town and I never talk to them any more.’ I talk to my parents all the time, every day. And I feel like I have seen progress and growth,” she noted. “I would love it if people understood you should never say racist things and be OK with gay people, or whatever it is. But, obviously, it doesn’t happen that quickly.”

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un expresses ‘great satisfaction’ over latest weapons tests

North Korea said Saturday that leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises.

Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, said that following Friday’s launches, Kim expressed “great satisfaction” over his military’s “mysterious and amazing success rates” in recent testing activity and vowed to build up “invincible military capabilities no one dare provoke.” The report did not mention any specific comment about the United States or South Korea.

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In this Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, photo provided Saturday, Aug. 17, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, watches the test firing of an unspecified new weapon at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea on Saturday said leader Kim supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon that extended a streak of weapons demonstrations seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

The launches were North Korea’s sixth round of tests since late July that revealed developments of a new rocket artillery system and two separate short-range mobile ballistic missile systems that experts say would expand its ability to strike targets throughout South Korea, including U.S. bases there.

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KCNA did not describe what Friday’s weapons were or how they performed, but said that the tests were successful and strengthened the military’s confidence in the reliability of the system.

North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper published photos that showed what appeared to be a missile soaring from a launcher installed on a vehicle and striking what appeared to be a coastal target. Kim is seen jubilantly raising his fist while celebrating with military officials.

“(Kim) said everyone should remember that it is the (ruling) party’s core plan and unwavering determination to build a powerful force strong enough to discourage any forces from daring to provoke us and to leave any opponent defenseless against our Juche weapons of absolute power even in situations of physical clashes,” KCNA said, referring to the North’s national ideology of self-reliance.

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In a separate statement on Saturday, KCNA berated the ongoing U.S.-South Korea military drills as an invasion rehearsal that compels North Korea to constantly develop “powerful physical means and their deployment for an actual war.”

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The United States has downsized its major military exercises with South Korea and halted dispatches of strategic assets such as long-range bombers and aircraft carriers to the region since the first summit between Kim and President Donald Trump last year. But North Korea says even the smaller drills violate agreements between the leaders.

South Korea’s military said earlier that two projectiles launched from the North’s eastern coast flew about 230 kilometers (143 miles) before landing in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. The U.S. and South Korean militaries were analyzing the launches but didn’t immediately say whether the weapons were ballistic missiles or rocket artillery.

Experts say Trump’s repeated downplaying of the North’s recent launches allow the country more room to intensify its testing activity and advance its short-range weaponry while it seeks to build leverage ahead of nuclear negotiations with Washington, which could resume after the end of the military drills later this month.

The U.S. envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, will visit Japan and South Korea early next week for talks on how to “further strengthen coordination on the final, fully verified denuclearization” of North Korea, the U.S. State Department said.

North Korea has ignored South Korean calls for dialogue recently and is seen as trying to force Seoul to make stronger efforts to coax major concessions from Washington on its behalf.

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Hours before the latest launches, an unidentified North Korean government spokesperson used unusually blunt language to criticize South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the U.S. and over his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul.

Moon said in a televised speech on Thursday that momentum for dialogue remains alive despite the series of “worrying actions taken by North Korea recently” and called for Pyongyang to choose “economic prosperity over its nuclear program.”

The spokesperson also criticized South Korea’s recent acquisition of advanced U.S.-made fighter jets and said it would be “senseless” for Moon to believe that inter-Korean dialogue will automatically begin after the end of the U.S.-South Korean drills.

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The North had recently said it would talk only with Washington and not Seoul, and that inter-Korean dialogue won’t resume unless the South offers a “plausible excuse” on why it keeps hosting military drills with the United States. Seoul’s Unification Ministry, which deals with inter-Korean affairs, criticized the North Korean statement, saying it wouldn’t help efforts to improve relations.

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Kiefer Sutherland ‘seriously injured’ after falling in Europe

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Kiefer Sutherland is recovering after a serious fall while touring for his new country album, “Reckless & Me,” in Europe.

The actor-singer, 52, revealed he suffered injuries to a rib when he slipped on the stairs to a bus while traveling to Denmark for a show on Thursday.

The former “24” star added that he has to cancel his last few shows but plans to return in the fall to perform when he’s healed.

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“Sadly I slipped on the stairs of the bus whilst traveling to Denmark and seriously injured a rib, making it difficult to breathe and impossible to sing,” Sutherland wrote on his Instagram.

“Regretfully, I will not be able to perform the last 3 shows of our tour, but have every intension [sic] of making up these shows in September / October when we return.”

“I am so sorry for any inconvenience that I have caused to the fans who bought tickets. I will do everything I can to make it up to you. Thank you for your understanding. Sincerely, Kiefer,” he added.

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Sutherland released his new album in April and started his tour back in May with a concert in Austin, Texas.

“Music was something that I became really seriously attached to as a really young person because I had an older brother who I idolized and he was the biggest music fan in the world,” he told People magazine in 2016.

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“I just wanted to be exactly like him. I made the joke that I was probably the only third grader that was listening to Aerosmith, so country music was not the music that I certainly grew up on,” he said.

Sutherland released his first album, “Down in a Hole,” in 2016.

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