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A star is reborn: what we can learn from actor turned director debuts

November 4, 2018

As Bradley Cooper and Jonah Hill step behind the camera for A Star is Born and Mid90s, how do their films benefit from their A-list status? A critic will often watch a directors first film with one eye on what is and one on what might be. For novice feature film-makers, a debut doubles as […]

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Synagogue shooting victims: ‘Gentle, caring, compassionate’

November 3, 2018

And they were “all very gentle, caring, compassionate, good people,” said Brian Schreiber, the president of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh and a member of Tree of Life. Said Stephen Cohen, co-president of one of the congregations that meet there: “The loss is incalculable.” CECIL AND DAVID ROSENTHAL: ‘SWEET, GENTLE, CARING MEN’ Cecil […]

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‘I’m barely breathing’: Synagogue survivor recounts terror

November 3, 2018

The gunman, Robert Gregory Bowers, opened fire with an AR-15 rifle and other weapons during worship services inside Tree of Life Synagogue, killing eight men and three women before a tactical police team tracked him down and shot him, according to state and federal affidavits made public on Sunday. He expressed hatred of Jews during […]

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Animal signs highlight spike in road deaths

November 2, 2018

Commoners – the families who own the animals that graze the forest – have got together to produce the signs which will be placed in local towns and villages throughout the winter. James Young, whose pony Brock Brocade was killed by a hit-and-run driver, said: “This is the most worrying time of year for every […]

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Whales change their tunes when ships appear

October 31, 2018

(CNN)Commercial ships emit low-frequency noise wherever they roam and this unwanted soundtrack negatively impacts marine life, new research suggests. Humpback whales stop singing or shorten their songs with the passing of ships, a new study published Wednesday in PLOS One reveals. While there are many causes of low-frequency noise in the oceans, including seismic explosions, […]

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An open door and a massacre: Gunman kills 11 at synagogue

October 30, 2018

Armed with a rifle and three handguns, Robert Bowers walked into the synagogue during Saturday morning worship and began shooting, killing 11 and wounding six before police took him into custody, officials said. It was the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history, according to the leader of the Anti-Defamation League. Bowers traded gunfire with […]

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Synagogue attack shatters safety of longtime Jewish enclave

October 30, 2018

“People always felt safe here,” said Jules Stein, a lifelong resident of Squirrel Hill who until recently belonged to Tree of Life. “In one day, that changed.” A gunman opened fire Saturday at the synagogue, killing 11 people. It was the type of violence that seemed impossible to many who called the neighborhood home. Tanya […]

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When Americans tried to breed a better race: How a genetic fitness ‘crusade’ marches on

October 29, 2018

(CNN)They started swarming across America’s border, millions of desperate families fleeing poverty or seeking political asylum. Davenport was inspired by the work of Sir Francis Galton, who is credited with starting the eugenics movement during the late 19th century. A cousin of the famed naturalist Charles Darwin, Galton theorized that humans could control their own […]

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‘Ray Donovan’ brings ‘fixer’ baggage to New York swing

October 29, 2018

(CNN)“Ray Donovan” took a plunge into the unknown — quite literally — in its season-five finale. But as the series returns, the Showtime drama is wading into somewhat different waters, bringing with it an additional layer of baggage as the series makes the move to New York. With Ray having plied his trade in Hollywood, […]

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How 20 years of stop and search has widened Americas racial divide

October 27, 2018

The long read: A police push to seize guns from cars ended in disproportionate numbers of black people getting arrested for minor crimes Nobody liked working duty day but, as the name implied, it wasnt a choice. About once a month, each of us in the public defenders office set aside our cases and took […]

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