Rapper made 'derogatory' video about rival gang before he was killed; Chicago police are bracing for retaliation
CHICAGO — Police were bracing for retaliation shootings on the South Side after a rapper was killed in a brazen Gold Coast attack, possibly because he had recently made a video featuring “derogatory statements” about rival gang members who have died.Carlton Weekly, 26, who performed under the name FBG Duck, was a member of a Gangster Disciple faction that has been involved in a fierce feud with the Black Disciples on the South Side, according to police.Officers in at least four police districts — Wentworth, Grand Crossing, Gresham and Englewood — have been warned to use “extreme caution” becau...
Joe Biden, Dwyane Wade among speakers at Parkland victim's virtual birthday event
MIAMI — The parents of Joaquín Oliver, a 17-year-old boy killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in 2018, are holding a 20-hour online event this week to raise awareness against gun violence, marking what would have been Joaquín’s 20th birthday.On Tuesday, Patricia and Manuel Oliver are hosting Guacathon 2020, inspired by Joaquín’s nickname, Guac. The marathon will be an event featuring musical performances, an auction and Democratic speakers like former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.The event will be streamed on Fa...
COVID-19 resurgence leaves movie studios, theaters mired in uncertainty
The Pines Theatre, a 450-seat venue with one screen in Houghton Lake, Michigan, opened in 1941 and has survived numerous up and downs of the movie business.Its latest challenge? The uncertainty caused by the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the United States.In mid-June, after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moved northern Michigan to Phase 5 of the state’s reopening plan, the Pines was able to screen movies for the first time since mid-March.Under reduced capacity and safety measures, it started running older hits like 1985’s “Goonies” and 1993’s “Jurassic Park.” But after screenings of the 2016 animate...
Detroit Free Press
NASCAR at New Hampshire full results: 3 things we learned from Brad Keselowski's win
LONDON, N.H. — Brad Keselowski danced with Denny Hamlin for most of the 301 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday evening. With 81 laps left, Keselowski made the final pass for first place and held onto the lead with clean air and a faster car through the checkered flag.Hamlin finished in second followed by Martin Truex Jr. in third at the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301.The veteran drivers bobbed and weaved around each other, exchanging the lead 12 times between Keselowski and Hamlin, but it was the No. 2 Ford Mustang that powered Keselowski through to his third win of the season as the race...
The Charlotte Observer
Art Institute of Chicago reopens — and returning visitors finally get an art fix
CHICAGO — Early visitors, as the Art Institute let the public back in for the first time since mid-March, didn’t go to “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte,” typically the museum’s most crowded work.At one moment during the first hour of reopening day Thursday, only a security guard stood in front of Georges Seurat’s routinely besieged pointillist study of a Parisian waterfront park.Instead, many headed straight to the Modern Wing and the museum’s newly hung Basquiat canvas — the Art Institute’s first by the 1980s art world darling — and many more queued up to get into the big El Greco special exhibit...
Comcast's profits fall 4.4% as almost half a million customers cut the cord
The coronavirus pandemic hammered Comcast during the second quarter this year, as theme parks closed, sports were postponed, and almost half a million customers cut the cord.The Philadelphia media giant’s profits fell 4.4% to nearly $3 billion from April through June, the company reported Thursday. Comcast lost 477,000 cable TV customers, while NBCUniversal’s revenues dropped more than 25%. Though its broadband business continued to boom, the company saw revenue declines across almost all other segments.Consumers have been cancelling pay TV plans at record numbers this year, even though the co...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: 'Tenet,' the movie America didn't deserve to see first, ushers in a nervous new multiplex era
Waiting for “Tenet” is starting to feel like “Waiting for Godot.” It’s a rumor, a hope, floating from delay to delay in the middle of the inept U.S. response to a global pandemic our grandkids will be studying decades from now.Now: We’re already losing whole slabs of our self-respect as a nation. Let’s not lose our sense of proportion along with it. The distribution problems of a single, $200 million Christopher Nolan thriller, which trafficks in “time inversion” and apocalyptic quantum physics for narrative sport, don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.But how does “Tenet” enters...
New grant for female filmmakers announced, in Lynn Shelton's name
In honor of Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton, who died in May at the age of 54, Northwest Film Forum and Duplass Brothers Productions have announced a new grant. Called the “Lynn Shelton ‘Of a Certain Age’ Grant,” the $25,000 cash prize will be awarded to a female or nonbinary filmmaker, aged 39 or older, who has not yet directed a feature film.Shelton, who frequently spoke of being inspired by French filmmaker Claire Denis (who was in her 40s when she made her first feature), was 39 when she began to work on her first feature, “We Go Way Back.”“This grant seeks to reinforce that great filmmaker...
The Seattle Times
Getting your hair cut or heading to the gym? Get ready to sign a waiver
MINNEAPOLIS — As businesses reopen amid a slew of safety and cleaning requirements, many are asking something new of their customers and employees: a promise not to sue if they get sick.Liability waivers have long been used for risky endeavors such as downhill skiing or youth sports. But in the unchartered legal waters of the coronavirus pandemic, people now find themselves signing such forms when they get their hair cut, nails painted and teeth cleaned.“It’s a whole new world,” said Matt Murphy, an attorney with Nilan Johnson Lewis in Minneapolis. “Everybody’s freaked out.”With no specific le...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
'Marriage Story' shows darkness, hope in divorce
An amicable divorce turns ugly in the top new DVD releases for the week of July 21.“Marriage Story”: We open with renowned actress Nicole Barber (Scarlett Johansson) and renowned director Charlie Barber (Adam Driver) sharing touching monologues about why they love each other through the intimate moments of their decadelong relationship. The catch? They’re in mediation, preparing to end their marriage, which quickly goes awry.The pair have dedicated their lives to Charlie’s New York theater company, which Nicole has begun to resent, and she heads to Los Angeles to shoot a TV pilot. There, Nicol...
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