WASHINGTON (AP) — The Group of Seven nations and Australia joined the European Union on Friday in adopting a $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil, a key step as Western sanctions aim to reorder the global oil market to prevent price spikes and starve President Vladimir Putin of funding for his war in Ukraine. Europe needed to set the discounted price that other nations will pay by Monday, when an EU embargo on Russian oil shipped by sea and a ban on insurance for those supplies take effect. The price cap, which was led by the G-7 wealthy democracies, aims to prevent a sudden loss of Russian oil to the world that could lead to a new surge in energy prices and further fuel inflation. U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement that the agreement will help restrict Putin’s “primary source of revenue for his illegal war in Ukraine while simultaneously preserving the stability of global energy supplies.” The agreement comes after a last-minute flurry of … [Read more...] about G-7 joins EU on $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil
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There are plenty of movies that are almost universally considered great — “The Godfather,” for example, is one. But those aren’t always the movies that stick with us, the ones we personally consider the greatest or best or just outright fun — the movies that bring us the most joy. HOUSTON'S HIDDEN GEM: Inside Memo's Record Shop, Houston's Latin music Mecca Houston native Andrew Ortiz knows this. It’s why he can remember scenes from his favorite movies more easily than his mom’s birthday, why he worked as a “movie hype man” for Alamo Drafthouse, why the first movie he watched in 2021 was purposefully “School of Rock” and why he created a T-shirt that proclaims “Judy Greer Should Have Been the Lead.” “When I watch a movie, it falls into two categories for the most part: It’s either, ‘it's great, and I love it’ or ‘it's pretty good,’” Ortiz said. “I'm a sucker, and I'm very easy to please, it doesn't take very much. Jack Black, a bunch of cool kids and some musical … [Read more...] about Houston’s Super Yaki knows nothing is too niche in the internet age
The Houston Astros secured their second championship in franchise history largely on the back of a dominant pitching staff , one that led the American League with a 2.90 ERA in 2022. But Houston's vaunted rotation may very well be without its ace in 2023. Justin Verlander is expected to earn a contract near or at the top of the starting pitching market , with his next deal potentially exceeding the three-year, $130 million contract Max Scherzer signed with the Mets last offseason. And despite entering his age-40 season in 2023, it's not hard to see why Verlander could command such a massive deal. He turned in perhaps the best season of his career in 2022 , a campaign in which he sported a 1.75 ERA across 175 innings. As the Dodgers and Mets loom as potential landing spots, Astros owner Jim Crane may choose to allocate the team's resources elsewhere. Houston should still have a rotation near the top of the American League even if Verlander departs. Framber Valdez can … [Read more...] about If Justin Verlander leaves, the Astros should consider these options
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 Julia Reichert, the Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker behind “American Factory” whose films explored themes of race, class and gender, often in the Midwest, has died. She was 76. She died Thursday night in Ohio from cancer, her family said Friday through a representative. She was diagnosed with stage four urothelial cancer in April 2018. Often called the “godmother of American independent documentaries,” Reichart told the stories of ordinary Americans, from autoworkers dealing with both plant closures (2009's “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant”) and foreign investors (2019's “American Factory”), to members of the American Communist Party (1983's “Seeing Red”) to female labor activists in the 1930s (1976's “Union Maids”). In her 50 years of filmmaking, Reichert won two Primetime Emmy Awards and was nominated for four Oscars, winning one with her partner … [Read more...] about Julia Reichert, Oscar-winning documentarian, dies at 76
Edited by Christian Gregory Amistad. 288 pp. $27.99 - - - The many accolades that one might assign to Dick Gregory - pioneering comedian, best-selling author, civil rights activist, even health guru - are more reductive than the man he was. Sure, his appearance on "The Jack Paar Show" in 1961 was a breakthrough for Black entertainers on American television; his work for social justice, which began when he was in high school in the 1940s, helped break down barriers; and his books, more than a dozen, sold millions of copies. Gregory was passionate, effusive, unfiltered. Even in his later years, he seemed to never turn down an opportunity to grab the mic and offer his frank appraisals. ("Anytime you vote for the lesser of two evils, you're evil yourself," he said in a 2016 comment about Donald Trump. "That's how Hitler came to power.") Gregory spent nearly 60 years in public life, touring until his death in 2017 at age 84. He was, pardon the cliche, larger than life. For … [Read more...] about Book World: Dick Gregory was many things. Filtered was not one of them.
ATLANTA - Republicans have grown increasingly nervous about the final U.S. Senate election of the midterms, a runoff in Georgia that reflects larger concerns over candidate quality, infighting and ties to Donald Trump that loom over the party's future. The race between Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) and Republican challenger Herschel Walker caps a turbulent election season in which voters rejected many inexperienced Republican nominees tied to the former president and his ideas in favor of Democratic incumbents who tried to keep President Joe Biden at arm's length. Georgia, a purple state expected to factor heavily in the 2024 presidential election, is a final testing ground for these competing forces - and one that has generated plenty of GOP pessimism. Seth Weathers, a Georgia director for Trump's 2016 campaign, previously expressed confidence that Walker would win in a runoff. Now, he said, looking at early voting turnout, "I have more concern," and he is unsure who will prevail. … [Read more...] about In Georgia runoff, GOP worries about Walker, Trump and party’s future