Movie review: 'Blackbird' explores beauty, grace in death
“You just show up and give life your best shot.” That’s the only pearl of wisdom that Lily (Susan Sarandon) wants to impart on her grandson, Jonathan (Anson Boon), along with stressing the importance of handwritten thank-you cards and punctuality. What other advice is there, really, when steeling oneself for their imminent end of their life? Questions about life and how to do it right, or at least well, wrestle at the center of Roger Michell’s “Blackbird,” an exceedingly tender and intelligent film about the beauty and grace to be found in death.“Blackbird” is a remake of the 2014 Danish film ...
Tribune News Service
Karla Peterson: New Helen Reddy biopic is timely, watchable and frustrating
Within the first 15 minutes of “I Am Woman,” the new biopic on the Grammy-winning singer Helen Reddy, our heroine is harassed and belittled by a record company executive (“I can’t do anything with a female singer,” he says, after offering her a cocktail and invading her personal space); harassed and underpaid by a nightclub owner (“They’re men, they’ve got families,” he says, when she wonders why the guys in her backup band are being paid more than she is); and haunted by her own worries that she is being a terrible mum to daughter Traci.Sexual harassment. Income inequality. Working-mother gui...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
5 questions that will help decide the presidential race in Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA — When a major Democratic political group presented a chart last week projecting each party’s path to victory in the presidential race, Pennsylvania sat dead center: the state most likely to decide the winner, and one of the most competitive.It’s so closely balanced that it’s impossible to name just one key to winning. Any number of factors meshing in a variety of ways could decide the result and determine whether President Donald Trump or Democrat Joe Biden wins the White House.“We expect a tight race, we expect the race to remain relatively stable, we expect the map to remain re...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Aaron Coleman debacle in Kansas produced twists, turns — and now, a chance for GOP
TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas 37th House District in Wyandotte County has been so solidly blue over the years that no Republican bothered to file for candidacy to challenge the winner of the 2020 Democratic primary.But after watching the disintegration of Democrat Aaron Coleman’s candidacy — he’s the 19-year-old progressive who narrowly defeated longtime incumbent Rep. Stan Frownfelter in the Aug. 4 primary — under the weight of revenge porn and bullying accusations, Kansas Republicans see an opportunity to get someone on the ballot in November.Republicans have Kansas law on their side if Coleman,...
The Kansas City Star
Detroit funeral home discovers woman declared dead is actually alive
DETROIT — As it turned out, reports of her untimely death were greatly exaggerated.Timesha Beauchamp, a 20-year-old Southfield woman who had been pronounced dead early Sunday morning after a heart attack, was taken to a Detroit funeral home, where staff found she was in fact not dead but still very much alive.And now, well-known plaintiff’s attorney Geoffrey Fieger is representing her. He has won more than 165 verdicts and settlements of $1 million or more. He also successfully defended assisted-suicide Dr. Jack Kevorkian.Southfield officials tried to explain the error later that same day in a...
Detroit Free Press
Political climate was just right for Bush to topple Clay dynasty in Missouri
ST. LOUIS — Cori Bush’s historic victory in unseating U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay and toppling a 52-year political dynasty in Missouri may have been the result of a “perfect storm,” St. Louis University political analyst Ken Warren says.A registered nurse who jumped into politics after the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown, Bush’s campaign was primed by the racial inequities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the protests after the police killing of George Floyd.As a Black, working-class mother of two who has been active in protests in recent years, Bush could easily relate to con...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Reviews: 'Rules of the Road,' by Ciara Geraghty
“Rules of the Road” by Ciara Geraghty; Park Row Books (384 pages, $17.99)———In a classic road novel, the protagonist sets out on a journey and at the end becomes a changed and perhaps better person. The fun — or the drama, or the tragedy — is all in the getting there.Ciara Geraghty’s “Rules of the Road” follows this structure. Terry lives in Ireland with her husband, whom she likes well enough, when she thinks about it, and he probably likes her too, more or less. She’s kind and generous, a bit timid, doesn’t like to drive, avoids busy cities, and in general is much better at advocating for ot...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Will Bunch: Trump doesn't know how to run against Joe Biden, a Democrat who is not 'a nasty woman'
In recent days, with cases of the potentially deadly coronavirus spiking across much of the United States and the jobless rate still foundering above 11%, the president was obsessed with what a Washington Post front-page story described as “an urgent task for Trump and his team.” That would be coming up with a new nickname for the political foe Trump had dubbed “Sleepy Joe Biden” — even as he watched Biden sprint past him in many polls by double digits.In the Oval Office where his predecessors had made life-or-death decisions on dropping the atomic bomb on Japan or how far to push Moscow in th...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Senate Republicans seek to join defense in Minnesota abortion case
MINNEAPOLIS — Days after the United States Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana abortion law, Minnesota Senate Republicans moved to get involved in a legal battle over the state’s own measures on abortion access.In a party-line vote Thursday evening, the Senate Rules Committee voted to hire outside counsel to defend a slate of state abortion restrictions against an ongoing lawsuit.Backers of the lawsuit are seeking to strike down a number of longstanding laws, including state’s 24-hour waiting period, two-parent parental notification for patients under 18, and a burial or cremation requiremen...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: Supreme Court abortion ruling shows proper restraint
Although Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court abortion ruling applies only to a restrictive law in distant Louisiana, the case shows how tenuous federal protections for abortion rights have become.The 5-4 decision swung on Chief Justice John Roberts, who explained his surprising support as abiding precedent. The decision tosses out a Louisiana law deemed likely to shutter all but one clinic in that state to get an abortion. But Roberts is no reliable ally for abortion rights. Just four years ago, he voted to uphold a Texas law that was nearly identical, and lost.In the new case, he cited the principle ...
The Seattle Times