Long-lost 1923 silent movie turns up at Chicago Film Archives
CHICAGO — It played in Peoria, and everywhere else.Then, the world’s only remaining copy of a 1923 silent melodrama produced by Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle, presumed lost by film historians, remained stashed for decades in a box of unmarked and highly flammable nitrate film reels. The box sat perilously close to a hot-water heater in a closet, in a house, in Peoria.Now, Chicago Film Archives has digitally transferred and restored the rarity titled “The First Degree,” about a sheep farmer with a secret and the climactic courtroom confrontation that spills the beans. Directed by Edwa...
Editorial: Honor John Lewis and protect voting rights
The death of U.S. Rep. John Lewis inspired Americans to look back to the monumental achievements of the civil-rights era. But as street protests nationwide this spring and summer continue to show, hard work remains to create true racial equity in America.An inspired political move by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., appropriately memorialized Lewis’ crusade by connecting his name to overdue elections reform, now known as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2013 removed federal oversight of election processes in certain Southern states. But racial discrimination re...
The Seattle Times
Protest songs capture the times, from Black Lives Matter to civil rights and anti-war movements
Get up, stand up, sing out!A great protest song may not help change the world in the same way the civil rights and anti-war movements did a half century ago, or the way the Black Lives Matters movement has this year. But a great protest song can unify and provide inspiration for people seeking a better world by serving as a vital soundtrack for actions — large and small, personal and universal — designed to promote positive change.Such songs can be rousing or soothing, provocative or contemplative, strident or understated. They can question the status quo or rail against it, offer a moment for...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Mac Engel: Stanley Cup format is great, but no sport needs fans in the stands more than the NHL
The NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs is the best postseason in pro sports, but hockey can’t go it alone on TV.Hockey needs butts in seats more than any other sport.One, for the money. The NHL relies gate revenue more than a basketball, baseball or football.Two, for the scene. The atmosphere for a NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game tops a postseason basketball, baseball, or even a football game.Fans banging on the glass, and the pendulous “ohhhhhhs” and “aaaaaaaahs” of the crowd are an essential part of the fabric of a Stanley Cup playoff game.“The reason everyone goes gaga over playoff hockey is the inten...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Daniel Neman: How fifth-grade science can help stop climate change
You probably remember your fifth-grade science: plants absorb carbon dioxide, which, through a process called photosynthesis, is converted into carbohydrates and oxygen.The carbohydrates help the plant grow. The oxygen is a waste product that allows the rest of us to breathe.Carbon dioxide, of course, is one of the biggest greenhouse gases that are contributing to climate change — it is the second most abundant of those gases after water vapor. It would be helpful, then, to store some of that carbon in the ground, where it would not be released into the atmosphere for centuries, and then only ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
International tribunal rules it has authority in case of man killed by US border officials
SAN DIEGO — U.S. law enforcement’s killing of a man at the San Diego-Tijuana border a decade ago will go on trial before an international tribunal, after the organization decided this week that it has authority to hear the case.The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, part of the Organization of American States, will determine whether officials with Customs and Border Protection violated the human rights of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas and his family. It is the first known case that the organization will hear involving someone killed by U.S. law enforcement.In 2010, officials beat Hernandez...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Searing heat will make COVID-19 racial disparities worse
WASHINGTON — Scientists say the nation is experiencing another public health emergency that will further exacerbate the coronavirus crisis: extreme heat.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting the next three months will be hotter than normal for much of the country; 2020, it says, likely will rank as one of the hottest years on record.Communities of color, particularly lower-income Black and Latino neighborhoods, will be particularly affected. Extreme heat likely will push more residents into crowded cooling centers, where they may be exposed to the virus, and worsen ...
Lions QB Matthew Stafford placed on COVID-19 list
DETROIT — The coronavirus does not discriminate.Tall, short, skinny, fat, star quarterback or little-known backup.On Saturday, the Detroit Lions placed quarterback Matthew Stafford on the reserve/COVID-19 list, meaning he either tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Friday or was around someone who had.Stafford is the biggest-name player in the NFL to go on the list during the first five days of training camp.Lions players, including Stafford, reported to camp Tuesday and took their first COVID-19 test, a nasal swab in a trailer outside of their Allen Park practice facility. They return...
Detroit Free Press
'Everybody Loves Raymond' star calls out Ellen DeGeneres' apology over toxic work environment: 'It comes from the top'
Not everybody loves Ellen.A day after Ellen DeGeneres issued a heartfelt apology to the staff of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” over an alleged “toxic” work environment, fellow comedian and TV star Brad Garrett took to Twitter to let the world know that he’s not really buying it.“Sorry but it comes from the top,” the stand-up comedian and star of “Everybody Loves Raymond” tweeted early on Friday, tagging the Emmy Award-winning host.“(I) know more than one who were treated horribly by her. Common knowledge,” he added, sharing a story about DeGeneres’ public apology to her staff.On Thursday, DeGener...
New York Daily News
Millions of job losses, poverty forecast for Latin America, Caribbean
The informal economy is the lifeblood of Latin America. Now it’s under threat by the coronavirus.Economic growth across Latin America and the Caribbean is predicted to drop by more than 9% and 231 million people are expected to find themselves slip into poverty as unemployment spikes and companies go out of business because of the spreading coronavirus pandemic.“We’re in the worse crisis in a century,” Alicia Bárcena, executive secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, said Thursday.The Gross Domestic Product “will drop by over 9 percent, poverty...