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Zahn McClarnon plays Joe Leaphorn in "Dark Winds." (Photo Credit: Michael Moriatis/Stalwart Productions/AMC)
Zahn McClarnon plays Joe Leaphorn in “Dark Winds.” (Photo Credit: Michael Moriatis/Stalwart Productions/AMC)

Q. What’s a good streaming series that was first based on a book?

A. All of them.

OK, not all of them, but there are a handful of new shows based on books that you might want to check out.

“The Old Man”: In a Hulu series based on Thomas Perry’s 2017 standalone thriller, Jeff Bridges plays the title character, an aging widower who seems like he might be losing his mental sharpness until something happens that has you rethinking what you thought you knew.

I’ve only seen the first episode, but I loved it so far and the cast includes John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman, Alia Shawkat, Noor Razooky and more.

“Dark Winds”: I first picked up one of Tony Hillerman’s Leaphorn & Chee novels off a rotating wire bookrack in a Monument Valley convenience store 30 years ago. It’s been a while since I’ve read one, but I’m excited to get into “Dark Winds,” the new AMC+ series about a pair of Navajo Tribal Police working in the 1970s.

For more about the series, which had already been renewed for a new season, Stuart Miller

Bookmarks help us remember where we’ve been.

That’s obvious, of course. When it’s time to set down your book, you jam a receipt or a sandwich or whatever’s handy in between the pages that you’ve read and the ones you intend to read. It’s simple, effective technology.

But I was struck the other day by how bookmarks also remind us of where we, as people, have been. I was searching for something in a box of papers and came across a bookmark my late mother gave me when I was about 12.

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Framed by a kid-friendly drawing of two tigers wrestling (a familiar enough activity in a house with five kids), the bookmark has my mother’s beautifully distinct handwriting, a skill she developed as a child at a school where sloppy penmanship brought a harsh penalty.

Never one to miss a chance to let her children know she cared about them, mom ignored (as she always did) the pre-printed “From” to write “Love always,” a sentiment I believe she meant wholeheartedly.

Despite the fact that the fine print on it reveals her gift is a “Gift Enclosure Bookmark” manufactured by the Antioch Bookplate Company of Yellow Springs, Ohio, I can tell you this: Few things more powerfully transport me back in time than that little piece of colored cardboard; it’s still holding my place, allowing me to go back and recall her warmth, kindness and love of her family (and reading).

I’d never realized how much I have since relied on bookmarks as emotional reminders. From my teens and twenties onward, I’d almost always buy postcards, save tickets and fold up receipts when traveling and stuff them into the books I’d acquired on my journeys, all of which reminded me of places I’d been, the books I’d …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

Here’s why June 25 is Global Beatles Day

Going Global

The first live satellite broadcast seen in 26 nations featured a Beatles song with a simple message to the world.

Global Beatles Day was founded in 2009 as a day honoring and celebrating the phenomenon and ideals of the Beatles.

It is celebrated June 25th because it’s the anniversary of the band’s 1967 first performance of “All You Need is Love” on the BBC-produced program, “Our World.” The program was the first live global television satellite broadcast to 26 countries and had an audience of more than 400 million people. The song is considered by many to have been the anthem for 1967’s Summer of Love.

In July 1967, the Vietnam War was raging, astronauts had yet to step on the moon, and color TV was just becoming popular.

“Our World” program

Creative artists, including opera singer Maria Callas, and painter Pablo Picasso – representing nineteen nations – were invited to perform or appear in separate segments featuring each of the countries. There were no politicians or heads of state in the program. The opening credits were accompanied by the “Our World” theme sung in 22 different languages by the Vienna Boys’ Choir. The ratings in the U.S. were poor mostly due to time zone differences and the show was broadcast on National Education Television – which was a precursor to PBS.

The show was a 2½-hour event and the Beatles came on near the end singing the song John Lennon wrote, credited Lennon/McCartney. They were in their own studio surrounded by friends and classical musicians. Only the chorus and a small portion of the song was seen by the audience.

1967 in music

In 1967, the Monkees dominated the Billboard charts with four albums hitting No. 1. But the Beatles released their album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in July. The Beatles album …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

Supreme Court’s Roe decision ignites rallies across Southern California

Rise4AbortionLA members protest the Rowe vs Wade decision by the...

It didn’t take long after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade for hundreds of people to congregate in the shadow of a federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.

One person hoisted a sign that read: “Trust me with a child but not a choice?” Another simply said, “Trust women.”

Authority to regulate abortion rests with political branches, not the courts, Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the opinion issued Friday. Many states rushed to ban abortion outright while California’s Democratic leaders moved to enshrine protections for providers and people seeking services from other states.

The Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights rally in sunny Los Angeles was just one of several protests and demonstrations held across Southern California Friday as the high court’s decision caused shockwaves across the nation. At some rallies, people were weary and afraid of what the court could do next. But at others, people were elated.

Natalie Torres called out of work in Pasadena to protest the Supreme Court’s decision. From Brazil, Torres said she was inspired by Latin American countries that have decriminalized abortion despite having predominantly Catholic citizens.

“Why can’t America look like that,” Torres said.

Rise4AbortionLA members protest the Rowe vs Wade decision by the Supreme Court outside of the Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles Friday, June 24, 2022. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Rise4AbortionLA members protest the Rowe vs Wade decision by the Supreme Court outside of the Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles Friday, June 24, 2022. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Elenor Wells, 34, protests the Rowe vs Wade decision by the Supreme Court outside of the Federal Courthouse in Los Angeles Friday, June 24, 2022. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Rise4AbortionLA members …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

David Bote discusses mystery setback as Cubs activate him, DFA Jonathan Villar

The Cubs activated infielder David Bote (left shoulder surgery) from the 60-day IL on Friday. File photo.

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ST. LOUIS – The Cubs reinstated infielder David Bote from the 60-day IL on Friday, after a winding road back to health. He rejoined the Cubs lineup for the first time since late September. 

“I’m just excited to be playing again,” Bote said before the Cubs opened a three-game series against the Cardinals on Friday. “I mean, I got goosebumps coming out here again.”

In a corresponding move, the Cubs designated veteran infielder Jonathan Villar for assignment. Villar started the season with a hot bat, but by Friday, his batting average had dropped to .222. He’d committed eight errors, tied with Patrick Wisdom for the most on the team, in about two-thirds as many games. 

“Just opportunity for David really,” Cubs manager David Ross said of the decision to DFA Villar. “Just giving a guy that’s gonna be here an opportunity to get back. He’s worked really hard and you’ve got to create a spot somewhere.”

Bote (left shoulder surgery) was expected to come back early this month, but an ailment that the team described as bouts of dizziness delayed him. Bote revealed Friday that he’d been dealing with the issue for a couple years.

“Then it came to a head a couple weeks ago,” he said. “Got some stuff checked out, we’re managing it a little bit better, still trying to figure out what the exact cause of the thing is. But the doctors and the staff, everybody’s been super helpful.”

He said he lost 20 pounds, compared to his playing weight last year, and couldn’t …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

Advertising for Latin American brands are pursuing more diversity in campaigns

Many consumers in Latin America are no longer content to let brands sit on the sidelines of tough conversations.
Given the significant role advertising plays in shaping society, companies that embrace a social cause should stick to brand values.

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The following is a preview of one Media, Advertising, and Marketing report, the Analyst Take: How Brands in Latin America Are Addressing Diversity and Representation in Advertising. You can purchase this report here.

Latin America is a region of many paradoxes. It is home to one of the world’s most racially diverse populations, yet many groups remain underrepresented or stereotypically portrayed in the advertising there.

Latin America internet users don’t feel represented in digital video ads they see.

The population comprises of immigrants from Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East, as well as indigenous Amerindian populations and African groups descended from slaves. It is also one of the most unequal regions in the world in terms of wealth and income, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), a United Nations regional commission to encourage economic cooperation.

Despite Latin America breaking from its colonial past with Spain and Portugal roughly 200 years ago, its advertising industry is still troubled by a notable lack of diversity and representation.

“While brands have made a concerted effort to increase their representation of various racial and ethnic backgrounds and to break away from the traditional portrayal of gender roles in marketing materials, a large percentage of consumers still do not feel represented in advertising,” said Matteo Ceurvels, eMarketer director of Latin America research at Insider Intelligence, and author of our recent report “Analyst Take: …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon vows to cover employees’ travel costs for abortion after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade: ‘Many of you are deeply upset, and I stand with you’

Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon.

The Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, undoing nearly 50 years of legalized abortion.
JPMorgan on Friday said it would pay for employees to get an abortion if they work in states where its banned.
Goldman Sachs made a similar decision Friday afternoon.

Goldman Sachs has told employees that the firm is going to reimburse the costs for women to travel out of state to seek an abortion, according to an internal memo sent on Friday which was obtained by Insider.

“We have extended our healthcare travel reimbursement policies to include all medical procedures, treatments and evaluations, including abortion services and gender-affirming care where a provider is not available in proximity to where our people live,” Bentley de Beyer, the firm’s global head of human capital management, wrote in the memo sent on Friday afternoon.

Later on Friday, Goldman CEO David Solomon issued an internal statement on the company intranet which was reviewed by Insider.

“This morning, the US Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade, holding that the Constitution does nothing guarantee the right to choose to have an abortion. Millions of women are right now grappling with a new legal reality. I know many of you are deeply upset, and I stand with you.

“Today, we announced we have extended our healthcare travel reimbursement policies to include all medical procedures, treatments and evaluations, including abortion services, where a provider is not available in proximity to where you live,” Solomon added.

“Our top priorities are the health and wellbeing of our people and their families,” he wrote.

In announcing this commitment, Goldman joins a raft of other large firms, some of which are on Wall Street, that are extending out-of-state travel reimbursemets for abortions. Companies including JPMorgan Chase, Meta (owner of Facebook), and Microsoft have made similar vows …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

Suspect arrested in connection to “deliberate” hit-and-run of 2 cyclists in Jefferson County

The 38-year-old suspect arrested Thursday in connection to the crash that severely injured two cyclists, is being held on charges of aggravated first-degree assault with the use of a weapon (in this case, a SUV), hit-and-run that resulted in injury and parole violation bribing.

Jacki Kelley, a spokesperson for Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, said that the suspect, a transgender woman, uses the name Haley Mill but that is not their legal name.

Witnesses told authorities that Mill deliberately drove into two cyclists while driving a 2018 Ford Escape in the 29000 block of U.S. Highway 40.

One of the two cyclists was treated on the scene and released with minor injuries, whereas the other cyclist was taken to the hospital and is currently in critical condition.

A woman cyclist who was hit and injured suffered a “traumatic brain injury,” according to an arrest affidavit. The man who was hit later went to a hospital and was diagnosed with a rib fracture and a lung injury.

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Witnesses told investigators that the driver of the vehicle allegedly did not stop and check on the injured cyclists.

One witness, who was riding with the group of cyclists, told police that the suspect’s Ford Escape passed him going about 70 mph and …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

Chicago Park District vows to open some pools July 5 — but won’t say how many

The Chicago Park District pool in Portage Park, locked up earlier this month.

Brian Rich/Sun-Times

The Chicago Park District has “every intention” of opening at least some of its shuttered pools on July 5, but how many will actually be open depends on how many lifeguards it can hire and train in the coming days. 

Under fire for keeping pools closed and lakefront beaches during an oppressive heat wave, the Park District’s chief program officer, Daphne Johnson, told a joint City Council committee on Friday that the district is doing “everything we possibly can” to recruit lifeguards amidst a nationwide shortage.

That includes waiving the residency requirement for lifeguards and offering a $600 bonus, up from an initial offer of $500.

“We are working on a summer pool operational plan to look at all pools across the city in comparison to our seasonal hiring. Those numbers are being matched to as many locations as we can get” while still providing “safe coverage around the city,” Johnson said Friday.

“We absolutely plan on opening pools on July 5. … We’ve gotten some decent numbers this week in testing lifeguards. We’re offering another class next week,” she added.

“We’re doing everything we can to get as many pools across the city open. … My team is … going over different options of how many pools we can get open and how we can saturate the city as much as possible with our pool operations.”

The Park District manages 49 outdoor pools, 28 indoor pools and operates some Chicago Public Schools pools for community use.

South Side Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20th) didn’t buy the argument that a nationwide shortage …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

South Shore shooting: 5-month-old ‘gravely’ wounded

An infant was wounded in a shooting June 24, 2022, in South Shore.

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A 5-month-old was listed in “grave” condition after they were shot Friday night in South Shore, officials said.

The shooting happened just after 6 p.m. in the 7100 block of South Luella Avenue, Chicago fire officials said.

The infant was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in “grave” condition, officials said.

This is a developing story. check back for details.

…read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

Mike Preston: To make a deep postseason run, Ravens need significant contributions from some young players | COMMENTARY

If the Ravens are to go deep into the postseason in 2022, they will need some young players to make major impacts.

Some call it having a “breakout” or “breakthrough” season, but it’s not worth squabbling over terms. These young players will have to make significant contributions more than ever before in their brief NFL careers.

In the case of the Ravens, it’s the big five of outside linebackers Odafe Oweh and Daelin Hayes, defensive tackle Justin Madubuike, wide receiver Rashod Bateman and running back JK Dobbins who have to play well.

Why three defensive players compared with two on offense?

Defense wins championships.

Plus, this is Baltimore, the city where defense rules. And if you haven’t noticed, maybe the biggest reason the Ravens have won only one playoff game in the past four years is the lack of a consistent pass rush.

Hayes and Oweh have to get different results. They aren’t going to be major forces like the Pittsburgh Steelers’ T.J. Watt or Buffalo Bills’ Von Miller, but they can help change the dynamics of a defense that produced only 34 sacks last season in a pass-happy league.

Oweh, entering his second season out of Penn State, had seven sacks as basically a speed rusher.

Despite having shoulder surgery in January, he has had time to get into the weight room and learn more about techniques even though he wasn’t fully involved in the team’s four offseason minicamps.

The potential has always been there.

“Basically, I’m just extremely raw,” said the 6-foot-5, 251-pound Oweh, the second of two 2021 first-round picks. “I’m a ‘potential’ guy, basically. So, I’m watching the film from last year and I’m like, ‘Oh, I did crazy good. I did all this stuff.’ And then you watch it now in the offseason, and I’m like, ‘There’s so much stuff you can work on.’ So, …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

LA County primary: Some election races remain close two weeks after polls closed

Were candidates who ran for key offices two weeks ago during the primary election prepared for additional weeks of drama? Let’s hope so.

On Friday, June 24, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk announced its fifth post-election ballot count update for the primary — and this still isn’t the final act.

Friday’s update included 5,316 ballots processed since Tuesday. The total count is now 1,619,226 — 28.45% of registered voters participated in these elections.  The next tally — perhaps the last of them, with only 7,075 left to count — will arrive on Tuesday, according to officials.

Two weeks after the primary, some cliffhangers remain, including U.S. House District 37, where former L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry is hanging on to second place ahead of Daniel Lee. Whoever wins second place goes on to the November ballot.

On Friday, Perry had 17,963 votes (18.45%) compared to Lee’s 17,394 (17.86%), a difference of 569 votes. The second-place finisher will face state Sen. Sydney Kamlager, who leads with 42,463 votes (43.8%).

A new member of Congress is guaranteed from this central L.A. district. All three candidates are Democrats.

Here are the current vote counts on other close races, based on updates by the county registrar or the California Secretary of State’s Office.

County Supervisor

In the race for the open Third District seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, with 105,842 votes (31.09%), in November is likely to face Lindsey Horvath, a West Hollywood City Council member in second place with 94,442  (27.74%). State Sen. Henry Stern, D-Malibu, remained in third with 82,755 votes (24.31%) failing to catch up in the latest count.

The seat will be vacated by iconic local lawmaker Sheila Kuehl. The district stretches from Malibu and Santa Monica into the eastern and northeastern San Fernando Valley.

County Sheriff

Incumbent Sheriff Alex Villanueva …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

COVID hospitalizations are back over 700 in LA County

One day after Los Angeles County reported a slow-down in the pace of COVID-positive patients being admitted to local hospitals, the number of those patients soared over the 700 mark on Friday, June 24, reaching its highest point in nearly four months.

According to state figures, there were 741 COVID-19-positive patients in county hospitals as of Friday, a 53-patient jump from 688 on Thursday. The number of those patients being treated in intensive care was 67, down slightly from 69 a day earlier.

The 741 patients is the highest number since early March.

The increase was notable, coming one day after the county reported that a weeks-long rise in COVID admissions appeared to be slowing, and could be showing signs of leveling off. Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer at the county Department of Public Health, said the seven-day average of new hospital admissions of people with the virus was 84 per day on Thursday, Simon said, only a small bump from 83 the previous week.

The rate of hospital admissions for the past week was 7.3 per 100,000 residents. That’s the same rate as the previous week, ending a steady trend of increases that has raised the possibility of a new universal indoor mask mandate in the county.

Under metrics set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the county would move from the “medium” category of virus activity to the “high” level if the rate of new hospital admissions reaches 10 per 100,000 residents. If the county reaches the high level and stays there for two weeks, a new indoor mask mandate will be imposed.

County health officials previously projected that at the previous rate of increase, the county would reach the “high” category by the end of the June, or early July. But with the pace of hospital admissions appearing to …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

Which Supreme Court justices voted to overturn Roe v. Wade? Here’s where all 9 judges stand

Reproductive rights activists hold cut out photos of the Supreme Court justices as oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case are held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

The Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade in a consequential ruling.
Five conservative justices voted to overturn the landmark abortion case.
Here is how each of the nine judges voted.

The Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade in a 5-4 majority opinion that guts federal abortion rights protections previously upheld by the nearly 50-year-old landmark ruling.

The conservative majority voted to uphold the Mississippi law at the heart of the case which seeks to ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, a contradiction to the standard set by Roe, which allowed abortions until about 24 weeks of pregnancy, at which point a fetus could feasibly survive outside the womb. 

Six justices ruled in favor of upholding Mississippi’s 15-week ban, but it was the majority opinion of five judges that ultimately led to the total overhaul of Roe v. Wade. 

Here’s how each justice voted in the monumental decision.

Chief Justice John Roberts

Roberts sided with the 6-3 majority in ruling on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. But the chief justice disputed the conservative majority’s total rebuke of Roe, instead, opting for a more middle-ground approach that would have allowed Mississippi to keep its statute without nixing federal abortion protections, effectively weakening abortion rights across the country without gutting them completely.  

In his concurring opinion, released alongside the majority opinion on Friday, Roberts criticized the court’s five other conservative justices, saying they went too far in their decision.

“The Court’s decision to overrule Roe and Casey is a serious jolt to the legal system—regardless of how you view those cases,” the chief …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

Chicago Dobbs abortion ruling reaction: They had abortions years ago, see Supreme Court’s rollback of abortion access as a pivotal moment

Catherine Walker (from left), Devetta and Amy had abortions years ago and talk about the impact of Friday’s Supreme Court ruling striking down Roe vs. Wade.

Ashlee Rezin / Sun-Times

More than four decades after having an abortion, Amy isn’t sure whether protesting will be enough to ensure others will one day again have the same choices she had at 19.

She knew the U.S. Supreme Court would likely overturn the historic Roe v. Wade decision that had legalized abortions years before she had her own. Still, on Friday, hours after the high court published its opinion, she was still wrapping her head around the new reality.

“Our government is not going to help us. We have to help each other,” said Amy, who plans to keep raising money for abortion funds and helping those who will seek an abortion in Illinois, where it remains legal.

Amy was one of nine people from around Chicago who shared their stories of having had an abortion with the Chicago Sun-Times earlier this month in anticipation of Friday’s decision, which will result in some states banning the medical procedure.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

‘Hot as a pistol’: 3 standout numbers that led to prospect Lenyn Sosa’s promotion to the Chicago White Sox

Lenyn Sosa called his mother and father after finding out he was being promoted to the Chicago White Sox.

“They started crying,” the infielder told reporters through an interpreter Thursday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The prospect made the jump from Double A to the big leagues earlier in the day.

The Sox were in immediate need of infield depth with Danny Mendick lost for the season after he tore the ACL in his right knee, an injury suffered Wednesday in an outfield collision with Adam Haseley. They’ve been without starting third baseman Yoán Moncada, who is on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Saturday with a strained right hamstring.

Starting second baseman Josh Harrison was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fifth of Thursday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles and exited the next inning with a bruised right triceps. That led to Sosa’s debut.

Sosa struck out in his first major-league at-bat in the seventh and drew a walk in the ninth in an impressive nine-pitch plate appearance.

“(The) first time he punched out, but that second at-bat was clutch,” Sox manager Tony La Russa told reporters before Friday’s game against the Orioles. “It helped us prolong a rally. It was really good for him.”

Sosa had a .331/.384/.549 slash line in 62 games for Double-A Birmingham. He led the Southern League in several offensive categories, including batting average.

The 22-year-old, who is from Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, entered 2022 ranked as the No. 17 prospect in the Sox system by Baseball America and at No. 22 according to MLB.com. He signed with the Sox as an international free agent on July 2, 2016.

“I know he’s been working hard and I know he’s been doing what he has to do in the minor leagues,” Sox catcher Seby Zavala told …read more

Source:: The Denver Post