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Britney Spears says she’s on vacation with Sam Asghari to ‘work on’ herself amid conservatorship battle

Britney Spears jetted off to Hawaii this week for some much needed R&R.

The pop star, who is reportedly in the middle of a contentious legal battle with her father, Jamie Spears, over her conservatorship, shared photos on Monday from a private jet. She was joined by her boyfriend Sam Asghari.

In the first post, Spears is sitting on the aircraft with her hands in the air and a pair of sunglasses on.

“I’m doing that whole work on yourself thing at the moment,” she captioned the photos.

BRITNEY SPEARS ‘AFRAID’ OF FATHER JAMIE, WON’T PERFORM WHILE HE CONTROLS HER CAREER, LAWYER ALLEGES

Another pic shared to her Instagram shows the couple donning face masks while standing in front of the jet. She explained in the caption she “felt like a little trip to paradise for an early birthday celebration.”

Britney Spears said she's on a vacation in order to 'work on myself.'

Britney Spears said she’s on a vacation in order to ‘work on myself.’
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Spears will turn 39 on Dec. 2.

The singer also disclosed her location in another post, showing the duo goofing off in selfies with sunglasses on.

“We be like……in Maui!!!! PS….don’t mind my hair!!!” she wrote.

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Spears appears incredibly happy in the photos, which her fans were particularly pleased to see. Many commented it was good to see her smile.

The pop star was joined by her boyfriend, Sam Asghari.

The pop star was joined by her boyfriend, Sam Asghari.
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Spears’ getaway comes just days after her attorney, Samuel Ingham, reportedly claimed in court that she is fearful of her father. The lawyer added that she will not resume her music career as long as Jamie controls her estate via her conservatorship.

The conservatorship was established after her public meltdown, and Jamie has overseen her life and finances for well over a decade. The legal guardianship would also give him a say in her career.

“My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” the lawyer alleged in a hearing last Tuesday. “She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.”

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Spears is attempting to remove her father as sole conservator in the case, but in last week’s hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny declined to do so. However, she said she would consider future petitions on the matter.

Ingham said he will file such petitions.

The “Toxic” singer put her musical career on hold in early 2019. Jamie’s lawyer, however, claimed that while under her father’s authority, the singer has gone from being in debt to being worth $60 million, and that removing him as conservator would be harmful to his daughter.

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The judge did approve Bessemer Trust as a co-conservator, which the singer had requested.

In recent months, controversy over the conservatorship has also sparked the #FreeBritney movement, which calls for the singer to be released from her legal

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Battle Creek Unlimited now owns McCamly Plaza Hotel and plans to reopen it by 2022

McCamly Plaza Hotel has new owners and will soon have a new look and name.



the tower of the city: McCamly Plaza Hotw is pictured on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 in Battle Creek, Mich. Battle Creek Unlimited, the new owners of McCamly Plaza Hotel, announced renovation plans Monday with intent to reopen in 2022.


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McCamly Plaza Hotw is pictured on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 in Battle Creek, Mich. Battle Creek Unlimited, the new owners of McCamly Plaza Hotel, announced renovation plans Monday with intent to reopen in 2022.

Following months of litigation, Battle Creek Unlimited gained ownership of the 239-room hotel on Nov. 3. On Monday, the city’s economic development organization announced plans for a complete renovation and rebranding of the property via 50 Capital Ave. Development Corporation, with intentions to open in early 2022.

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“When you talk about a hotel that is that large, having a flag hotel driving business travel and disposable income is only going to bolster all of our other economic development downtown with brew pubs and restaurants and things like that,” said BCU President and CEO Joe Sobieralski.

MORE: Battle Creek downtown development looks to regain momentum after COVID-19 delays

In a lawsuit filed with the Calhoun County Circuit Court in January, BCU said the hotel’s former owner Neil Freeman and a number of LLCs had failed to meet deadlines for rebranding into a Hilton Double Tree. BCU had lent $3.5 million out of the Direct Investment Fund to the owners of McCamly Plaza Hotel to make necessary upgrades for the rebrand by 2018.

Terms of the settlement agreement and purchase were not disclosed.



a building with a store on the side of the street: McCamly Plaza is pictured on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 in Battle Creek, Mich. Battle Creek Unlimited, the new owners of McCamly Plaza Hotel, announced renovation plans Monday with intent to reopen in 2022.


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McCamly Plaza is pictured on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 in Battle Creek, Mich. Battle Creek Unlimited, the new owners of McCamly Plaza Hotel, announced renovation plans Monday with intent to reopen in 2022.

The property opened in 1981 as the Stouffer Battle Creek Hotel. The 15-story building is adjacent to the Kellogg Arena, a 6,500-seat concert and event venue.

The hotel has not been open since November 2019 after the city announced its owners were shutting it down for six months to make the renovations, laying off about 65 employees.

BCU said improvements will include new mechanical equipment, a façade makeover, guest room renovations and upgrades to the event space. It plans to bring two new internationally recognized hotel brands to Battle Creek and will contract with a hospitality management group to oversee day-to-day operations.

“We are eager to return this iconic property back to its glory with a complete refresh. Having a modern, well-run and updated hotel in the heart of downtown is essential to the economic prosperity and continued revitalization of downtown Battle Creek,” Sobieralski said. “This will not be a quick reprogram. We have several months of planning, design and financing ahead of us. Our goal is to have the property renovated, rebranded and opened in early 2022.”

Suburban Inns, a Hudsonville-based hospitality management company, has been retained by BCU to assist with rebranding and renovations. Suburban Inns designs, builds, owns and operates eight hotels in Grand Rapids, Holland and Midland.



a man riding a skateboard up the side of a building: Robert Viers and Gerald Croissant hang out under the pavilion at McCamly Plaza on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. Battle Creek Unlimited, the new owners of McCamly Plaza Hotel, announced renovation plans Monday with intent to reopen in 2022.


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First lady Melania Trump will not travel to Pa. rally due to ‘lingering cough’ after COVID battle

First lady Melania Trump will not accompany President Donald Trump to a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday evening due to a “lingering cough” despite having recovered from the novel coronavirus.

Mrs. Trump’s chief of staff Stephanie Grisham said the first lady “continues to feel better every day following her recovery from COVID-19.”

Barron Trump, right, stands with his parents, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, on the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention in Washington. (Associated Press)

Barron Trump, right, stands with his parents, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, on the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention in Washington. (Associated Press)

“But with a lingering cough, and out of an abundance of caution, she will not be traveling today,” Grisham said in a statement.

The statement comes ahead of President Trump’s scheduled “Make America Great Again!” rally in Erie, Pa., later Tuesday – just two days before the candidates will face off for the second and final presidential debate on Thursday night.

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Mrs. Trump’s last public appearance was during the Sept. 29 presidential debate in Ohio. She and President Trump announced in early October that they had both tested positive for the virus. Their results came after close aide Hope Hicks also tested positive.  

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The first lady announced last week that she had tested negative.  

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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B.C. couple’s Disney World vacation turns to 4-month battle with WestJet over flight refunds

It was supposed to be a dream vacation.

Taylor Jones had purchased two round-trip tickets to Orlando, Fla., to visit Disney World — a surprise birthday and graduation present for his girlfriend Marissa Lyne-Boehm.

“We’re both big kids at heart,” said Lyne-Boehm, as Jones chuckled in agreement.

But then, the flights were cancelled by WestJet due to the pandemic, signalling the beginning of a four-month battle to get a refund of the more than $1,000 spent on tickets instead of receiving a travel credit.

In the wake of COVID-19, the airline industry has been rocked, with many companies opting to offer credit instead of refunds despite that being illegal in B.C., Canada and the United States.

Consumer complaints

The tickets were purchased in February before the pandemic. But as the virus spread, international borders closed, travel bans were enacted and the airline industry saw mass cancellations.

In June, Jones began to contact WestJet, first through an agent at Expedia, where he had purchased the package, then independently. Each time, he says he was told to call back at a closer date to the trip and the refund would be issued.

A week before the Sept. 27 departure date, Jones received an email that the trip was officially cancelled, but when he called to request a refund, he says he was told that WestJet would only provide WestJet Dollars — travel credits with a 24-month expiration date.

“This is tough times for everybody. [I’ve been] trying to be understanding,” said Jones. “I really tried to work with them, but it just felt like a big betrayal.”

The couple says they paid for a service that was never delivered and now they feel they deserve a full-refund, not just travel credits that could expire before they are comfortable to travel again. (CBC News/ Maggie MacPherson)

And the couple isn’t alone in their frustration. The Canadian Transportation Agency [CTA] says it has received almost 11,000 complaints since mid-March.

Although it hasn’t been able to categorize all the grievances yet, it said “we expect a portion of these will relate to vouchers and refunds.”

Airlines aren’t above the law: advocate

The rules on flight refunds are clear in both Canadian and American law.

“WestJet’s position is based on the misconception that somehow the airline can override the law,” said Gábor Lukács, an air passenger rights advocate, who points to B.C.’s Consumer Protection Act as the first line of defence.

It says that if a contract is cancelled, the supplier has 15 days to issue a refund after the notice of the cancellation.

As well, Canada’s Air Passenger Protection Regulations says that if an airline is unable to provide a reasonable alternative itinerary, refunds “must be paid by the method used for the original payment and to the person who purchased the ticket or additional service.”

Finally, by law, WestJet must follow the rules set out by the U.S. Department of Transportation [DOT] because the round-trip flights travelled either to or from the country.

“Airlines

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B.C. couple’s Disneyworld vacation turns to 4-month battle with WestJet over flight refunds



a man and a woman in glasses looking at the camera: Taylor Jones and Marissa Lyne-Boehm have been fighting to get a full refund from WestJet over their cancelled flight since June, but the airline says it will only offer a travel credit.


© CBC News/ Maggie MacPherson
Taylor Jones and Marissa Lyne-Boehm have been fighting to get a full refund from WestJet over their cancelled flight since June, but the airline says it will only offer a travel credit.

It was supposed to be a dream vacation.

Taylor Jones had purchased two round-trip tickets to Orlando, Fla., to visit Disneyworld — a surprise birthday and graduation present for his girlfriend Marissa Lyne-Boehm.

“We’re both big kids at heart,” said Lyne-Boehm, as Jones chuckled in agreement.

But then, the flights were cancelled by WestJet due to the pandemic, signalling the beginning of a four-month battle to get a refund of the more than $1,000 spent on tickets instead of receiving a travel credit.

In the wake of COVID-19, the airline industry has been rocked, with many companies opting to offer credit instead of refunds despite that being illegal in B.C., Canada and the United States.

Consumer complaints

The tickets were purchased in February before the pandemic. But as the virus spread, international borders closed, travel bans were enacted and the airline industry saw mass cancellations.

In June, Jones began to contact WestJet, first through an agent at Expedia, where he had purchased the package, then independently. Each time, he says he was told to call back at a closer date to the trip and the refund would be issued.

A week before the Sept. 27 departure date, Jones received an email that the trip was officially cancelled, but when he called to request a refund, he says he was told that WestJet would only provide WestJet Dollars — travel credits with a 24-month expiration date.

“This is tough times for everybody. [I’ve been] trying to be understanding,” said Jones. “I really tried to work with them, but it just felt like a big betrayal.”



a woman sitting in front of a window: The couple says they paid for a service that was never delivered and now they feel they deserve a full-refund, not just travel credits that could expire before they are comfortable to travel again.


© CBC News/ Maggie MacPherson
The couple says they paid for a service that was never delivered and now they feel they deserve a full-refund, not just travel credits that could expire before they are comfortable to travel again.

And the couple isn’t alone in their frustration. The Canadian Transportation Agency [CTA] says it has received almost 11,000 complaints since mid-March.

Although it hasn’t been able to categorize all the grievances yet, it said “we expect a portion of these will relate to vouchers and refunds.”

Airlines aren’t above the law: advocate

The rules on flight refunds are clear in both Canadian and American law.

“WestJet’s position is based on the misconception that somehow the airline can override the law,” said Gábor Lukács, an air passenger rights advocate, who points to B.C.’s Consumer Protection Act as the first line of defence.

It says that if a contract is cancelled, the supplier has 15 days to issue a refund after the notice of the cancellation.

As well, Canada’s Air Passenger Protection Regulations says that if an airline is unable to provide a reasonable alternative itinerary, refunds “must be paid by the method used for the original payment and to the

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What happens now that Battle Creek passed its hotel ordinance?

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It’s no secret that there are problems at some hotels and motels in Battle Creek. 

To improve conditions and reduce calls to law enforcement from these locations, the Battle Creek City Commission passed a new ordinance that will require property owners to have permits and comply with regulations limiting long-term stays. 

For many of those living in hotels and motels, that starts a countdown clock for finding new accommodations.  

The ordinance will limit stays to no more than 28 consecutive days, unless the room has a kitchenette. This restriction will go into effect Nov. 1, 2021. 

To avoid evictions that will exacerbate the housing crisis, the city, local social service agencies and landlords will have to work together to overcome housing barriers. 

“We really recognize that there is going to be some ongoing work related to access to housing that is going to need to happen in this community if we’re going to create any change,” said Marcie Gillette, community services director for the city of Battle Creek. “We really holistically have to work with our community partners to do this work.” 

Working with community partners

Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan, a social service organization in Battle Creek, initially had concerns about the ordinance, but with the grace period for long-term residents, leaders feel there is time to get people the help they need. 

“It would be quite a while before the actual enforcement took effect,” said Michelle Williamson, CEO of Community Action. “Also the city is going to be working with various community groups, too, as we identify clients that are in that situation.” 

Working with hotel owners to identify people who need help and connect them with service agencies is a priority, Williamson said, especially while there’s money available from the federal government and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority due to COVID-19.

Educating landlords on what assistance is available for clients and exploring affordable housing projects will also be essential, Williamson said. 

“There just needs to be a multi-prong approach because I think there’s a lot of different things that need to happen in order for there to be better solutions for the clients that are utilizing housing in this way,” Williamson said. “There is a lot of work to be done, but there’s a lot of people that care very much about having these situations move forward.” 

It’s unclear how many people currently use a hotel as their primary residence, according to Gillette, and the city is reaching out to owners for information on how many people stay at their properties long term. Gathering information will help officials understand the scope of the problem. 

When the ordinance was put up for a vote during City Commission’s Oct. 6 meeting, several commissioners expressed concern that these steps had not already been taken, but Gillette said efforts are now in progress with the help of community agencies. 

As part of a community collaboration group, the SHARE Center has offered to do door-to-door outreach with hotel

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