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Nirvana baby loses lawsuit over 1991 album cover



Rock band Nirvana is back in the court room over their iconic 1991 album cover

A U.S. judge has dismissed a lawsuit against rock band Nirvana for alleged child sexual abuse.

Spencer Elden is the baby depicted on the cover of the ‘Nevermind’ album, which shows him swimming towards a dollar bill pierced with a fish hook.

He believes he didn’t consent to the picture being used and wants $150,000 in damages.

At the time, his parents received $200 for the photo.

But a judge found the 31-year-old has waited too long to claim he had been exploited by the band.

This means Elden’s legal road has been exhausted and he will be unable to refile the case. However, his legal team says he will appeal the ruling.

He believes the album cover has caused him distress, and led to financial loss as an adult.

The album’s photographer Kirk Weddle was among the defendants in the case. Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic also made courtroom appearances.

They argued Elden had re-enacted the photograph in later life, and “enjoyed” being the Nirvana baby.

Nevermind sales surpassed 30 million, which made it one of the best-selling albums of all time.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Meet Purple – the new M&M “spokescandy” character



Mars has introduced its first new M&M character in more than a decade

The new purple “spokescandy” is a peanut M&M designed to represent acceptance and inclusivity

Purple joins the other classics like Red and Yellow.

Mars says the character’s “charm and quirky nature” comes from her “keen self-awareness, authenticity and confidence”

Mars redesigned its M&M characters earlier this year after facing criticism for Green’s sexy characterization

In announcing Purple, Mars put out an ad with the character singing an original song, “I’m Just Gonna Be Me.” 

Mars says one dollar from every stream of Purple’s song will be donated to a nonprofit arts company.

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Why is Trump suing CNN?



Former U.S. President Donald Trump is suing CNN for defamation

Trump is taking his vengeance to the Federal Court in Florida.

He alleges CNN has sought to use its massive influence to defeat him politically.

The former president is seeking 475 million dollars in punitive damages, according to the lawsuit.

Trump has previously said he will be commencing actions against other media outlets who defrauded the public during the 2020 election.

His attorney’s believe there was a smear campaign, including commentary that he is a cult leader and a racist.

Of course, defamation cases are hard to win. Public figures have to prove that journalists acted with malice.

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Why Beatles’ legend Ringo Starr cancelled a concert



Beatles’ legend Ringo Starr cancelled a concert after falling ill.

The 82-year-old drummer was supposed to perform with his All-Starr band in the U.S.

In a statement shared by the venue in Michigan, Starr’s team says the drummer did not have Covid but the illness affected his voice.

The casino says “Ringo is sick and was hoping he could carry on, hence the late decision, but it has affected his voice so tonight’s show, scheduled to begin in a few hours is cancelled.”

Saturday night’s cancelled shows was already a rescheduled date from this June after Starr band members were diagnosed with Covid.

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