This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 5 WASHINGTON - April Babcock and Virginia Krieger both lost children to the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl and have pleaded with lawmakers and officials to ramp up enforcement along the U.S.-Mexico border to stop the flow of illicit drugs. On Saturday, the mothers built a kind of wall. Fifty banners stretched for about 400 feet, nearly spanning the width of the National Mall. They featured faces of nearly 3,500 people who lost their lives to fentanyl. Many were young, even teenagers. Some wore their high school jerseys or graduation caps. They smiled, forever frozen in time on the banners, which Babcock said represented the thousands of people who have died of opioid use. Babcock lost two of her own sons to the drug in 2015 and 2019. She, along with about 400 others, marched to the White House to demand that the government put forth a greater effort to promote … [Read more...] about Families devastated by fentanyl deaths rally near the White House
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NEW YORK (AP) — Monica Lewinsky had a tempered, compassionate response to the death of Ken Starr, the former independent counsel whose investigation of Bill Clinton helped reveal her affair with the president and, she once wrote, made her life a “living hell.” “As I'm sure many can understand, my thoughts about ken starr bring up complicated feelings,” she tweeted Tuesday after reports that Starr had died at age 76. “But of more importance, is that i imagine it’s a painful loss for those who love him.” Lewinsky was a White House intern in the mid-1990s, in her early 20s, when she began a relationship with Clinton, one that Starr would document in exhaustive, explicit detail. Starr had initially been retained to look into an Arkansas real estate deal Bill and Hillary Clinton were involved in, but his investigation shifted after he learned of allegations about the president's private behavior. Lewinsky denied their affair in a sworn affidavit, but did not know that her former … [Read more...] about Monica Lewinsky says Starr’s death painful ‘for those who love him’
Click here to read the full article. David Beckham , Sharon Osbourne and “Good Morning Britain” anchor Susanna Reid are among the hundreds of thousands of mourners who have spent hours queuing for a chance to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II while she lies in state ahead of her funeral on Sept. 19. Beckham told Sky News — who caught up with him while he was still waiting in line — that he had joined the queue at 2 a.m. on Friday morning. “Well, we all want to celebrate our Queen, Her Majesty,” he told the camera crew as the line inched forward. Later that day, at around 3 p.m., the BBC’s livestream of the lying in state showed Beckham, dressed in a black suit and tie, finally entering Westminster Hall. As the soccer star approached the Queen’s coffin, which is sat on a catafalque draped in the Royal Standard flag and the Imperial State Crown, he stopped and bent his head, pausing for a moment before following the others mourners out. More from Variety BBC … [Read more...] about David Beckham, Sharon Osbourne and More Queue for Hours to See Queen Elizabeth II Lying in State
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 In 2009, when Sidney Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Barack Obama noted, "It's been said that Sidney Poitier does not make movies; he makes milestones." And so the Oprah Winfrey-produced, Reginald Hudlin-directed documentary "Sidney" ticks off litanies of both aesthetic and cultural achievements, without ever feeling obligatory. That's certainly due in part to Poitier's remarkable life, which began in 1927, when he was born to Bahamian tomato farmers. His formal education stopped at third grade, and he had no knowledge of electricity, indoor plumbing or the existence of mirrors. The latter revelation occurred only after he moved, at age 15, to Miami, and coincided with the discovery that he looked different from many Americans - a revelation that would shape him, both as a Black man involved in the civil rights movement … [Read more...] about New movies to stream this week: ‘Sidney’ and more
Click here to read the full article. Dressed in jailhouse blues and physically restrained by shackles, accused killer Rob Telles stood briefly in the threshold of Las Vegas Justice Court. He stared out into the courtroom with a bemused look and impish smile, before retreating to his cell after a postponement in the proceedings. Under the weight of a murder charge in connection with the Sept. 2 stabbing death of longtime Las Vegas investigative reporter Jeff German, the Clark County Public Administrator’s usual confidence and winning grin had drained from his unshaven face. And with good reason, police and prosecutors contend: Within 48 hours of the discovery of the 69-year-old German’s body on the side of his home, Metro Homicide detectives had gathered physical and DNA evidence that they say directly ties Telles to the murder, which has reverberated nationally and disturbed even the jaded Las Vegas community. More from Rolling Stone Five Years Since the Route 91 … [Read more...] about Did a Las Vegas Politician Hide a Violent Side Before Allegedly Murdering a Journalist?
Click here to read the full article. If your stance is, rightly, that Marilyn Monroe was a kind of genius, an actress for whom the status of sex symbol comes with an asterisk, because she was not helplessly beholden to her iconic image — not merely a slave to the culture’s open-flied erotic hunger, not simply the fatuous, buxom blonde many mistook her to be, but rather an extremely savvy engineer of her own persona, a witty, whip-smart, and self-aware talent for whom the culture’s low expectations proved an opportune plaything instead of a hard limit — if it’s your belief that this is the truth of Marilyn Monroe’s appeal and the essence of her timelessness, then Andrew Dominik’s Blonde , starring Ana de Armas as Monroe, may not be the movie for you. To start, this isn’t so much a movie about Marilyn Monroe. It instead aspires to be a movie about Norma Jean: the woman behind that persona, the troubled victim of abandonment and abuse for whom the persona “Marilyn Monroe” is … [Read more...] about ‘Blonde’ Tells a Story of Marilyn Monroe That’s All Pain, No Pleasure
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Amanda Gorman was invited to read a newly developed poem at the U.N. General Assembly, the young sensation took a deep look at how several societal issues — such as hunger and poverty — have impacted Earth’s preservation. Just like her stirring inauguration poem last year, Gorman felt compelled to express the impact of unity through her poetic words on the opening day of the 77th session Monday in New York. The 24-year-old poet created “An Ode We Owe” in hopes of bringing all nations together to tackle various issues of disparity along with preserving the planet. Gorman once again graced center stage in front of world leaders. Her fame exploded after she recited her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, which made her the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. Her poem quickly topped bestsellers lists … [Read more...] about Q&A: Amanda Gorman talks UN poem, fame, future presidency
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 LONDON - She was Queen by the Grace of God. She was a granny. She was Defender of the Faith. With a stable full of racehorses. She was Queen of this Realm and many other realms. Who loved her nipping corgis and stood astride a century of cataclysmic history and a sprawling royal family notorious for its tabloid dysfunction. The world is demonstrably fascinated by Queen Elizabeth II. Her funeral on Monday is expected to draw nearly 500 foreign dignitaries, with hundreds of thousands of people lining the streets to see her coffin pass by and many millions watching on television. Why? What accounts for an outpouring of affection that has stunned even her most devoted courtiers? No one is enthralled - to be honest, no offense - in the same way by the king of the Belgians, the sultan of Brunei, the emperor of Japan, Hereditary Prince Alois of … [Read more...] about Why is the world so fascinated by Queen Elizabeth II?
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 12 1. Buy popcorn. Or booze. Do you want the Landmark River Oaks to remain the Landmark River Oaks, and Landmark Theatres to continue showing art-house movies at that lovely old movie house? Then make it more profitable, so that the theater can afford to pay the higher rent that Weingarten will require when the current lease expires. Go see movies at the River Oaks. And while you're there, remember that theaters don't make that much money from your ticket; most of their profits come from the concession stand. So pony up for the all-you-can-eat $5 popcorn -- or better still, an $8.50 apple martini. It's not just a libation. It's an investment in Houston's quality of life. 2. Buy a whole theater. Show movies. In the late '90s, Paul Allen was renting a video when he saw a petition to save Seattle's Cinerama Theatre from being … [Read more...] about Eight ways to save Alabama, River Oaks theaters