Friend who bought gun for Kyle Rittenhouse told police teen predicted life behind bars after shooting 3 during Kenosha protests
CHICAGO — Kyle Rittenhouse predicted he would spend the rest of his life in prison after shooting three people during chaotic demonstrations in Kenosha over the summer, a close friend told police hours after the gunfire.Dominick Black, now 19, told investigators that Rittenhouse fled to the back room of a local business after Kenosha police rebuffed his attempt to turn himself in. Black said he met Rittenhouse there and tried to calm him down after he fatally shot two men and wounded another.“The dude’s sweating like a pig. He’s just freaking out. His face is white,” Black said in a recorded i...
2021 wedding trends shift to accommodate the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19
When COVID-19 came and changed everyone’s lives in March, it took down engaged couples’ original wedding and honeymoons plans along with everything else, making many soon-to-be newlyweds postpone their nuptials to later in the year, or even into 2021.Since the way we navigate life has changed due to the pandemic, it only makes sense that wedding trends fall in line too. Wedding planning website The Knot released its projected trends for 2021 weddings, dubbing it the “year of intentionality.” While past trends typically fall somewhere between color palettes and cakes, those forecasted for next ...
Movie review: Wryly funny but deeply felt 'The Climb' elevates male friendship
Note: We are continuing to review theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic, though please be aware that indoor moviegoing does carry risk during this time. Please follow every health and safety guideline outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as guidelines provided by local health officials in your area.Michael Angelo Covino’s “The Climb” opens with an incredibly funny setup that could be ripped right out of an episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” but injected with a healthy dose of pathos and sincerity. It’s a long, one-take argument between two best fri...
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Masks, plexiglass on tap for upcoming legislative sessions
Lawmaking during a pandemic is a challenge.The coronavirus is raging out of control in many parts of the country, and most state legislatures will reconvene in a few short months. To do it safely, they are weighing a variety of potential changes, from sometimes contentious mask requirements to plexiglass partitions to mandatory health screenings for anybody entering the statehouse.One state even considered — and dismissed — creating an NBA-style “bubble” for lawmakers.Much is at stake. At least 162 state legislators nationwide have tested positive for the virus, according to numbers compiled b...
Florida teen accidentally shoots, kills friend while 'simulating a rap video,' cops say
MIAMI — An 18-year-old is facing a manslaughter charge after he accidentally shot and killed his friend as the two “were simulating a rap video” in Hialeah, police say.Authorities have arrested Jonathan Batista, 18, on a charge of manslaughter with a deadly weapon for the death of Brian Shakur Meridor, 18. Batista faces arraignment Nov. 20.The two teens and a friend had been staying at an apartment in East Hialeah. On the afternoon of Oct. 22, Batista “accidentally shot the victim in the chest” while acting out the rap video, according to a police report. When Hialeah cops arrived, the third y...
Why you should wallow in the romance and wit of 'Sense and Sensibility'
“ … Love is not loveWhich alters when it alteration findsOr bends with the remover to remove.O no! it is an ever-fixed markThat looks on tempests and is never shaken … “— Shakespeare, Sonnet 116Just look at Alan Rickman. Really, just look at him, as his noble Colonel Brandon first lays eyes on Kate Winslet’s Marianne Dashwood in the 1995 movie of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility.” Entering the estate of his friend Sir John Middleton, he hears singing and walks quietly to a doorway where he sees Marianne at a piano, framed in angelic sunlight. He looks stricken, as if hit by velvet lightnin...
The Seattle Times
Seattle sports power couple Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe announce engagement on social media
SEATTLE — Seattle sports power couple Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe is tying the knot.On Friday afternoon, Bird posted a picture on her Instagram account of Rapinoe kneeling on what looks to be a dock and placing a ring on the finger of Bird, who is standing in water.Within the first 30 minutes, the post received over 12,000 likes and 723 comments, including well wishes from all over the sports community.Former Washington Huskies star Kelsey Plum posted three heart emojis with a caption that read: “Congrats.”Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love wrote: “So great!!!”And the Storm tweeted: “Ring S...
The Seattle Times
Editorial: Some good calls, some bad, in Florida's election
The setting is not a romantic getaway in the Caribbean, but a warehouse in Lauderhill, Florida. The programming can’t compete with the glitz of, say, “The Bachelorette,” but The Broward County Canvassing Board is important viewing.Day after day, three people sit at a table to review mail ballots set aside for review. Some have signature problems. Others have votes for two candidates in the same race — or weirder still, a filled-in oval for one and a write-in vote for another. The Broward trio, who must ensure signature validity and divine voter intent, consists of County Judge Ken Gottlieb, Co...
Poll: Religious people believe climate change is a real threat, not a controversy
People of all faiths, including white evangelicals, are convinced climate change is real and a threat, according to a new poll, but whether they believe it’s caused by humans depends on the denomination.Further, climate change doesn’t seem to be controversial among Roman Catholics, despite the contention of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, who is Catholic, that the issue was too “controversial” for her to comment on during a recent Senate hearing.A majority of Catholics not only believe that climate change is happening, but that it is caused by humans and they are worried by it, a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'Holidate' review: When 'plus one' adds up to a D-minus
Streaming on Netflix, the romantic comedy “Holidate” is too cool for words. Screenwriter Tiffany Paulsen’s self-referential winks include Emma Roberts explaining to her costar Luke Bracey why she hates romantic comedies. “There’s always some fake reason the stars can’t be together!” she says, rolling her eyes because Roberts, though talented and sometimes funny, apparently got paid by the eyeroll.It’s set in Chicago, as you may have read, but filmed in Atlanta, as many Chicago-set movies tend to be (filmmaking’s cheaper there). With a better movie I’m, like, whatever on the Chicago authenticit...