Commentary: 'Black Widow,' 'West Side Story' postponed again, this time to 2021. Theaters are stuck and closing again
Like so much else in 2020 that doesn’t involve a couch and a remote, American moviegoing has become a hotly debated matter of risk and reward in a seriously flattened segment of the escapism economy.The time-inversion Christopher Nolan thriller “Tenet,” which opened in the U.S. Sept. 3, was supposed to be the cavalry riding, in reverse, to the rescue.It didn’t work out that way.After four strained weeks and few other movies on offer, “Tenet” has made $36 million in the U.S. and Canada. It has pulled in a pandemically respectable $220 million in other countries — the countries that have managed...
'We're one of the winners': Record summer at Lake of the Ozarks
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — Bars couldn’t keep up with the demand for Coors Light. Same with auto dealerships and new cars.Boat dealers had trouble keeping up and construction crews ran out of lumber needed to build new homes. The real estate market heated up so much that buyers made unsolicited multi-million-dollar offers on lakefront homes.And restaurants filled reservations even at odd hours late in the afternoon or night as one of the most uncertain tourist seasons ever at the Lake of the Ozarks turned into a record summer boom.The travel industry was among the first and hardest hit by the c...
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Hurricane center down to 2 post-tropical storms Beta and Teddy, both still flood threats
ORLANDO, Fla. — After two weeks of following multiple storm systems, the National Hurricane Center is tracking just two post-tropical storms; Teddy and Beta, both of which are degenerating but remain flood threats.First, what was once Hurricane Teddy is now a post-tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, and is still moving at a quick 23 mph toward Nova Scotia, according to the NHC’s 8 a.m. update. Teddy is banging on the door of Halifax with it just 65 miles east-northeast of its shores and 245 miles southwest of Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland.Teddy remains powerful and should b...
At long last, Boundary Waters named 'dark sky sanctuary'
DULUTH, Minn. — The starry nights are no secret to those familiar with the Boundary Waters, but a new designation puts the wilderness area on the world map for those seeking stunning skies after dusk.An international association recently certified the Boundary Waters as the world’s 13th dark sky sanctuary, a title given to land that has “an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is protected for its scientific, natural, or educational value, its cultural heritage and/or public enjoyment.”Other locations given this status by the International Dark...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Sculptors find worldwide fame turning 1,000 pounds of butter into art
PHILADELPHIA — Art is often permanent, hung on museum walls for centuries, or cast in bronze and erected outdoors to face the elements and the changing tide of history. The art Jim Victor and Marie Pelton make is transitory and delicious over lobster.The Conshohocken, Pa., couple have worked with chocolate, cheese, and ice, but butter’s brought them worldwide acclaim. Together, they have created large butter sculptures for agricultural shows and fairs all over the country, including most of the Pennsylvania Farm Shows since the mid-’90s. This month, the couple unveiled the 52nd annual American...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ford reaches 'home run' deal with big investment from Canadian government
Ford Motor Co. reached a tentative labor contract deal with its Canadian autoworkers Tuesday based in no small part on critical support from the Canadian government, announced Unifor National President Jerry Dias.Having pushed past a midnight deadline Monday, union members earlier had voted to strike the Dearborn automaker if necessary. They forged an agreement instead.In a dramatic pivot from fear of a plant shutdown to a massive investment of nearly $2 billion, Dias called the news a “home run” for Ford, its factory workers and Canada.“This is a major commitment from Ford Motor Co., huge,” D...
Detroit Free Press
Celtics' Stevens praises Heat coach Spoelstra: 'I think the world of Erik'
The mutual admiration will morph into something more competitive Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., when the Eastern Conference finals resume.Tuesday, though, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens stressed that when it comes to Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, he is a big fan.“I think the world of Erik,” he said after the Celtics’ practice at Disney World. “I think the world of their whole program. I think they’re tremendous.“But that’s the fun part of this. When you’re playing at this time of the year — I guess not this time of the year, usually you’re getting ready for training camp — but when you’re playi...
Canadian woman charged over ricin letter sent to Trump
New York (AFP) - A Canadian woman accused of sending a ricin poison-laced letter to Donald Trump was formally charged on Tuesday with threatening the President of the United States.Pascale Ferrier, a 53-year-old from Quebec, made a brief appearance in a federal court in Buffalo, New York after her arrest at a border crossing over the weekend.Through a French-English interpreter she requested representation from a court-appointed lawyer.US Magistrate Judge Kenneth Schroeder entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf, which grants her more rights at this stage in the proceedings.According to the in...
Teddy becomes post-tropical cyclone near Nova Scotia; Beta weakens over Texas
ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center had a crowded spate of systems to keep track of Tuesday with a post-tropical cyclone, tropical storm and depression all swirling throughout the Atlantic Ocean.First, Beta, which was downgraded into a tropical depression Tuesday morning, further weakened with sustained winds of 30 mph by the evening.Beta made landfall over Texas as a tropical storm late Monday night in the southern end of Matagorda Peninsula.The storm sluggishly moved through the Texas coast Tuesday at 5 mph bringing heavy rainfall with the threat of flash flooding. It is expected t...
Union for FAA's safety engineers urges more changes to Boeing 737 Max before it can fly again
A union representing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airplane safety engineers who work on certifying new aircraft called Monday for substantial upgrades to the flight crew alerting systems and other changes on Boeing’s 737 Max before the plane is allowed to return to the air.The union’s comments came on the final day for public comment on the FAA’s proposed design changes, with more than 200 responses posted by late afternoon.The FAA’s own technical experts argue that fixing the flawed flight control system that caused the two crashes is not enough and that Boeing must also address the ...
The Seattle Times