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The Force Is Strong in this Darth Vader-Shaped Texas Mansion

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This Texas mansion might be a dream home for “Star Wars” fans, even though the owner didn’t have Darth Vader in mind when he created it despite its resemblance to the supervillain.

The unique home in Houston, in the city’s affluent West University Place, hit the market Wednesday for $4.3 million.


Though the home draws comparisons to Darth Vader given its sharp and angular exterior, the inspiration for the home had nothing to do with the “Star Wars” franchise, according to listing agent Nadia Carron of Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty.

“The owner’s vision and what he wanted the house to be, he wanted it to be dark and mysterious, and so his inspiration was actually the stealth fighter [aircraft]. He actually sat down and drew out exactly how he wanted it to look inside and out,” said Ms. Carron, who shares the listing with colleague Wade Knight.


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This is the first time in its existence that the property has been on the market since its construction in 1992.

Given its unusual exterior, a lot of people assume the home is dark and eerie, according to Ms. Carron, but in fact, “it’s the complete opposite.”

Spanning more than 7,000-square-feet, the home is flooded with natural light from massive windows, and has soaring ceilings and open rooms.

“We’ve always said, the first time Wade and I set foot inside the house, it reminds you of a very upscale hotel lobby,” Ms. Carron said.


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Along with its unexpectedly bright interior the contemporary four-bedroom home has a dual staircase, a sunken family room, handcrafted flooring and a number of water features, according to the listing.

“The person who’s going to buy this place has a unique taste,” Ms. Carron said. “The owner actually raised his family in the house. We may get someone who loves out-of-the-box architecture with a family.’

“They’re going to love it for what it is,” Ms. Carron added.

It’s not clear when the owner of the home, who could not be reached for comment, acquired the property.


 

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Rajasthan health minister directs officials to increase Covid testing, speed up vaccination- The New Indian Express

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JAIPUR: Rajasthan Health Minister Parsadi Lal Meena on Wednesday asked officials to increase COVID-19 testing and speed up the vaccination drive in the state as the tally of active cases of the disease crossed the 200-mark.

He held a meeting with senior officials and reviewed the department’s preparedness in view of the apprehension of a possible third wave of the disease.

Meena asked the officials to increase testing, ensure 100 per cent coverage of the first dose of the vaccine by December-end and speed up the drive to administer the second dose to the beneficiaries.

The minister also asked them to disburse the compensation for the deaths due to the disease as soon as possible.

It was informed in the meeting that 84 per cent of beneficiaries have received the first dose of the vaccine and 54 per cent have got the second dose.

Meena directed the officials to conduct door-to-door vaccination and motivate the general public to take the second dose.

Twenty-one COVID-19 cases were reported in the state on Wednesday, with the maximum of 10 cases being from Jaipur.

Two cases each were reported from Alwar, Jodhpur and Nagaur, and one each from Ajmer, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Sikar and Udaipur.

With this, the number of active cases has increased to 203. So far, a total of 9,54,806 people have tested Covid positive in the state. The death toll stands at 8,955 and the count of recoveries is at 9,45,648.

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Murder plot, Christmas favorites: Waco stages bring variety of holiday plays | Arts & Theatre

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Braziel, who co-founded the theater troupe with Collin Selman, serves as the production’s stage manager with Luann Jennings as its director. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Dec. 10-11, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 12, at Jubilee Theatre, 1319 N. 15th St. In keeping with another Silent House mission, the Friday night performances will be translated into sign language. Tickets are $15 and available through Silent House’s website, silenthousetheatre.com.

Waco Civic Theatre starts its holiday lineup on Thursday with its production of Barbara Robinson’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” in a four-performance run directed by Tredessa Thomas.

The show, which concerns a church’s Nativity pageant that unwinds when it includes a rowdy bunch of siblings in its casting, is the first of three holiday shows by the community theater.

After this weekend’s production, the WCT will stage “A Little House Christmas,” directed by Krystal Marshall, and “The Most Wonderful Show of the Year,” written and directed by Melissa Green.

Executive director Eric Shephard said the triple-billed December wasn’t intentional, but developed from an overflow of actors and directors interested in doing something for the holidays after a prolonged pandemic break from the stage. “It’s sort of like, ‘Let’s do all the theater we can manage to do,'” he said. “It’s hard to say no to an opportunity when it arose.”

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Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City Cast & Character Guide – Collider.com

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