TV tonight: ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ unite to save New York

TV picks for Friday, Aug. 18

“Killjoys” (8 p.m., Syfy): In “Heist, Heist, Baby,” as the Killjoys plan a dangerous theft on an armored convoy, Aneela finds herself on a desperate search for something far more valuable that was stolen from her: Delle Seyah.

“Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood” (9 p.m., Showtime): One of comedy’s hottest rising stars takes the stage in her first stand-up special. In this hourlong show filmed at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, the Los Angeles native tackles subjects ranging from her early days in foster care and being bullied on the playground to getting revenge on ex-boyfriends and introducing Will and Jada Pinkett Smith to Groupon. Haddish can currently be seen on NBC’s “The Carmichael Show,” and the hit feature film, “Girls Trip.”

“Dateline NBC” (10 p.m., NBC): When a beloved firefighter is murdered just outside Sarasota, Florida, investigators discover a twisted tale of secrets, lies and infidelity. Andrea Canning reports: “Tangled Web.”


“Marvel’s The Defenders” (Netflix): This is the one we’ve been waiting for. At last, crime fighters Matt Murdock/Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones) are uniting to form a marvelous super team in this eight-part crossover extravaganza. Standing in their way is Alexandra, an evil and mysterious foe played by Sigourney Weaver. She heads a powerful criminal organization looking to wreak havoc in New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together. For more info, check out this review.

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“Vice” (7:30 p.m., HBO)

“Big Brother” (8 p.m., …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

Bridge: Aug. 18, 2017

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This week’s deals have treated the technique of combining chances as declarer. To test yourself, look at the North-South cards. Choose your approach at four hearts when West leads a trump.

In real life, South didn’t give himself the best chance. He drew trumps, took the A-K of diamonds and led a third diamond, hoping for a 3-3 break. He got that, but when East won and led the queen of spades, South lost three spades for down one.


South should start by winning the first trump with dummy’s ten and finessing with his jack of clubs. West takes the queen and leads another trump, and South wins in his hand and takes the ace of clubs and A-K of diamonds. He discards his last diamond on the king of clubs and ruffs a diamond.

When the diamonds break evenly, South can return a trump to dummy and pitch a spade on the 13th diamond. He loses two spades and a club.

By the way, if you think 3NT would have been a safer spot, I agree. North might have raised 2NT to 3NT.


You hold: ♠ 9 7 3 ♥ A 10 6 ♦ A K 6 2 ♣ K 6 4. You open one diamond, and your partner responds one heart. What do you say?

ANSWER: This is a basic situation but troublesome. I advocate raising a major-suit response with three-card support in an otherwise suitable hand, but this hand has no ruffing potential. A bid of 1NT with no strength in spades is unattractive and might wrong-side a notrump contract, but that is the action I would choose.

South dealer

N-S vulnerable


♠ 9 7 3

♥ A 10 6

♦ A K 6 2

♣ K 6 4


♠ A 8 2

♥ 7 3 2

♦ J 8 5

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In the face of hate, doing nothing isn’t an option

With all that’s happened since Donald Trump’s election and now with the American president’s unwillingness to denounce racism, hate, domestic terrorism and rifle-toting men in camouflage clothes, it’s hard to know what to do.

Yet, doing nothing isn’t an option. History teaches us that and it’s why Timothy Snyder’s book, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, should be on this summer’s required reading list.

It’s simple, thought-provoking and challenging. In 126 pages, it summarizes the past and provides a roadmap for prevention. And, it’s small enough to cart with you in a purse or pocket.

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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, by Timothy Snyder.

Snyder draws his 20 lessons mainly from Europe — Nazi Germany and the Communist experience in Czechoslovakia, Russia and Ukraine with each lesson attached to a exhortation of what each of us ought to do.

His advice falls broadly into four categories:

• Be careful of language because it is a powerful tool for deception and harm, with patriotic words often being particularly treacherous.

• Forge relationships with people outside your immediate circles of friends and colleagues and learn from them and their experiences.

• Defend institutions including the media and the courts because “institutions do not defend themselves and are often the first to fall to dictators.”

• Take responsibility for what is happening around you and don’t just follow the crowd.

And while his …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun