Bryce Miller: Padres pitcher Craig Stammen honored for support of military, from Afghanistan to Petco Park
SAN DIEGO — In 2012, Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen strapped into a Black Hawk helicopter as a pair of heavily armed Apaches prepared to provide cover for a flight to a forward operating base in war-scarred Afghanistan.The USO trip, an invitation from former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey, delivered the most eye-opening chapter of the baseball player’s long involvement with service members and veterans. The region’s deadly daily circumstances revealed real pressure, as opposed to, say, protecting a fragile ninth-inning lead.Nothing framed Stammen’s perspective quite like a comm...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Next crew of astronauts set to launch Sunday from Florida in 'new era' of SpaceX human spaceflight
As Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken splashed down into the Gulf of Mexico, book-ending the first crewed launch from American soil in almost a decade, the astronauts who would follow them were watching from NASA’s Houston control center in awe.America’s Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi had already been selected to succeed Hurley and Behnken’s historic flight, the beginning of a new era of routine crewed commercial launches from the United States after the space shuttle program ended in 2011.And that cannonball return was the final test.“To be able to watch ou...
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Measles cases reach 23-year high, with infections hitting 870,000Measles cases reached the highest level in 23 years in 2019, and health authorities warned that many countries aren’t vaccinating enough people amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The global total for confirmed measles infections rose to 869,770 last year, the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report released Thursday. The number of deaths soared by 50% compared with a low reached in 2016.The percentage of people who have received a first measles shot has stagnated in recent years, and...
Tribune News Service
Mac Engel: New 'Borat' sequel filmed scenes at Arlington driving range — and Texans didn't even know
FORT WORTH, Texas — The release form made no mention of Borat or Sacha Baron Cohen, but it demanded almost Cold War-like secrecy.The form looked legit, and the production director was nice, so Mauricio Galante, who owns the Golf Center of Arlington, signed it.When he asked what film they were shooting, he was only told, “Don’t worry about it. When the movie comes out, you’ll know what it is.”Only until the trailer for the new Borat movie was released did Galante know.“I never saw him,” Galante said in a phone interview. “Had no idea who it was. They were so secret. My wife thought they were ma...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Friend tries to explain why man hung from the side of Trump Tower in Chicago for more than 13 hours
CHICAGO — It’s been three days since a man was lifted to safety after hanging on the side of Trump Tower for 13 hours, but one of his closest friends says he’s still frightened for him.“He’s never done anything like this before. I don’t know how it will end up,” said Marlen, who didn’t want his last name used so he wouldn’t be harassed on social media. “I’m really scared.”Marlen and his friend are both from the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan. His friend delivers newspapers for a living, is a purple belt in jujitsu and is an avid reader. “He’s a very intelligent person,” Marlen said. “He i...
'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' review: Trump's America gets caught with its pants down
We’ll zip up the matter of Rudy Giuliani’s pants in a minute. First, though, let’s pretend the new “Borat” movie has people talking about anything else.It goes by the droll, broken-English title of “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” Sacha Baron Cohen’s most useful satiric creation — the exuberantly bigoted idiot journalist from Kazakhstan first introduced on Cohen’s “Da Ali G Show,” then given his own, wonderful, hit-and-run 2006 feature — captures intermittent flashes of lightning in his return to an America even more alarming than the gun-toting Dogpatch of the second Bush term, as depicted in th...
Editorial: A diplomatic surge is needed in Azerbaijan
A complicated conflict in a faraway foreign land isn’t likely to compete for attention with the frenzied presidential election and unabated coronavirus crisis gripping this nation. But American citizens — and especially American policymakers — should focus on the spiraling violence in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.Most profoundly, for humanitarian reasons: The fighting is the fiercest since initial post-Soviet era war broke out in the 1990s, when the dispute erupted in the ethnic Armenia enclave in western Azerbaijan.Today, the enmity is just as intense, but the weaponry i...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
What to stream: High-profile films out this week
A wealth of high-profile films arrive on various streaming platforms this week, proving that a starry fall movie season is possible during these unprecedented times. So update those watch-lists and mark your calendars for this busy movie week.Alex Gibney’s documentary “Totally Under Control,” shot and completed over the past seven months of lockdown, has arrived on Hulu (it’s been on VOD for a week). This inspection of how the U.S. bungled its response to the COVID-19 pandemic is required watching for all.On Wednesday, Netflix debuts Ben Wheatley’s remake of the Alfred Hitchcock 1940 classic f...
Tribune News Service
Polyplex invests over $100 million to expand thin film production in the U.S.
BANGKOK, NNA— Thailand’s major integrated polyester (PET) film company, Polyplex (Thailand) PCL, will expand its production with a second plant in the United States to capitalise on the high domestic market demand for thin film products.Polyplex (USA) LLC., the company’s wholly owned subsidiary will grow its BOPET (stretched polyester thin film) business with an investment of 3.22 billion baht ($102.80 million) to expand its operations in Alabama, according to the company’s filing to The Stock Exchange of Thailand on Sept. 29.Polyplex, which produces PET film and integrated downstream products...
NNA Business News
Toyota suspends plants in 70% of car-producing countries on Covid 19 pandemic: Kyodo
TOKYO, NNA – Toyota Motor Corp. is suspending factories in over 70 percent of its car-producing countries around the world, hit by the global coronavirus pandemic.The Japanese auto giant halted or plans to stop factory operations in 19 out of 26 countries, including five plants in Japan, as of last Friday, according to a Kyodo News report.Toyota Motor has already decided to stop all car plants in North America till April 17, while suspending all factories in six European countries by April 20, with some exceptions. In Latin America, the company will stop production in Argentina and Brazil till...
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