Put 'Haunted Painting' from Philly indie rocker Sadie Dupuis on your Halloween playlist
When Sadie Dupuis found herself in a Seattle museum in 2018 looking at German artist Franz von Stuck’s 1902 oil painting “Saharet,” she saw something she didn’t expect.“It’s a just a portrait of a dancer, but there’s something very captivating about her expression,” says Dupuis, the Philadelphia singer-guitarist who has just released “Haunted Painting,” her second solo album as Sad13.“It’s a beautiful portrait and she’s a beautiful person, but there’s just something very mysterious about it to me,” says the 32-year-old musician and poet, who also leads the indie rock band Speedy Ortiz.“Part of...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
We're in the middle of a pandemic. Don't feel guilty about your guilty pleasures.
I’ve spent a lot of time sitting around this year. That’s what you do during a pandemic, if you care about yourself and the survival of an entire civilization. You just sit around.You go to work and then you come home or, if you’re fortunate, you work from home and then move to the other side of the couch in a feeble, fruitless attempt to pretend that a phrase like “off the clock” means anything. Grocery shopping is a countdown-worthy activity like Mets games and day trips to Philadelphia once were, back when we had things and places.I watched a lot of TV this year, too. There was nothing else...
New York Daily News
When Americans go missing in Mexico, US officials have to tell loved ones 'go to Mexico'
BAJA CALIFORNIA, Mexico — When Karla Izquierdo’s ex-husband, Francisco Aguilar, disappeared in Rosarito, she unwillingly joined a group no one wants to become a member of: the tens of thousands of families searching across Mexico for their missing loved ones.But the case is a relative rarity, in one sense because Aguilar, a 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, is an American citizen.Each year, millions of Americans visit Mexico without incident. Still, 324 American citizens have vanished since 2006 and not been found, according to the Mexican federal government’s official tally ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Editorial: A league of their own: Baseball's embarrassing COVID-19 response
It wasn’t winter’s approach or the fact their team rightly belongs in Brooklyn and not Los Angeles that cast a pall Tuesday night over the Dodgers’ World Series win over the Tampa Bay Rays.What spoiled the night was when Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, who’d left the game abruptly in the seventh inning after learning he’d tested positive for COVID-19, decided to break league rules and return to the field to celebrate, unmasked and not distanced, when his teammates clinched the Series.Turner’s unwillingness to sacrifice those minutes of exuberance was extraordinarily selfish, and the worst...
New York Daily News
With COVID-19 on the rise, some parents nix trick-or-treating: 'It doesn't seem worth the risk'
CHICAGO — Halloween is already happening at Angie Grover’s house. The pumpkins are carved. The porch is decorated. The costumes are getting multiple trial runs, with Grover’s younger son, age 7, even taking a scooter ride in full T. rex mode.But when the big day comes, one thing will be missing: trick-or-treating.“We’re just not prepared to expose our family to the uncertainty of COVID,” said Grover, 50, of River Forest, Ill.In the lead-up to a beloved children’s holiday, a sizable number of Americans are quietly opting out of trick-or-treating, handing out candy or both, due to COVID-19. Just...
Women stunt performers are speaking out about racism and sexism in Hollywood
There’s a curious assertion on the IMDb trivia page for the 1994 movie “True Lies” that seemingly takes the action comedy’s title to heart: “Jamie Lee Curtis performed the helicopter rescue scene herself,” it reads. “At her insistence, director James Cameron agreed to let her perform this scary spectacle.”That might come as news to longtime stuntwoman Donna Keegan, who executed the stunt in question.Keegan talks about that scene in the new documentary “Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story” and it’s absolutely riveting to hear her describe her thought process as a clip from the movie plays. C...
New lawsuit to challenge Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy
SAN DIEGO — As one legal challenge to the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program heads to the Supreme Court, a new one is being launched in California.The program, known officially as Migrant Protection Protocols, requires most asylum-seekers from Latin American countries to wait in Mexico while their immigration court cases progress in the United States. The lawsuit, which aims to become a class action, was filed Wednesday morning in the Central District of California.It is brought by several asylum-seekers who were returned along the California border along with organizations that...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Rawlings to buy Easton, create baseball and softball giant
TOWN AND COUNTRY, Mo. — Rawlings Sporting Goods Inc. announced on Tuesday it has agreed to buy Easton Diamond Sports, a merger of two of the country’s top softball and baseball sporting goods companies.The companies said the purchase will strengthen both brands, drive product innovation, allow for larger investments, grow talent, and expand customization options for players.“The Easton and Rawlings brands complement each other exceptionally well and will deliver an improved value proposition to all stakeholders, including teams, players, coaches, dealers and associations throughout the industr...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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LA County district attorney files 6 more sex assault counts against ex-porn star Ron JeremyLOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County prosecutors filed additional sexual assault charges Wednesday against disgraced adult film star Ron Jeremy, with some of the new allegations stretching as far back as 1996.Jeremy, who was first arrested in June and charged with assaulting four women on the Sunset Strip, has now been criminally charged with attacking 23 women over a quarter-century and faces 34 criminal counts including rape, sexual battery and forcible oral copulation, authorities said.Jeremy has denied a...
Tribune News Service
Feds in Minnesota charge 60 in $335 million magazine scheme that defrauded seniors nationwide
MINNEAPOLIS — The 69-year-old retiree from Texas needed a moment to think about whether she felt comfortable accepting an offer to pay $500 that day to forgive her $1,100 debt to a magazine subscription company.Purporting to be an attorney from an international firm based in Chicago, the man on the other end of the line grew impatient and threatened legal action before the woman, identified in court documents as “Betty M.,” hung up the phone. In a subsequent voice mail, the man repeated his threat and told her she was being signed up for another three-year subscription.“So you’re going to rece...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)