35 Years Ago, ‘After Hours’ Saved Martin Scorsese’s Career

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Right now, you could make a pretty iron-clad case that Martin Scorsese is our greatest living director. There’s a handful of solid runners-up, to be sure. But I can’t think of another filmmaker (American or otherwise) who’s compiled as many masterpieces and near-masterpieces as he has during his six decades behind the camera. Even now, at age 77, there’s no shortage of major studios and steaming services who would kill to be in business with him. I mean, who else could have gotten Netflix to fork over $160 million to make a three-and-a-half hour gangster epic like The Irishman with no strings attached and no questions asked?

And yet there was a time back in the early 1980s when Scorsese was written off as box-office poison. Even after having made Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, and Raging Bull, no one wanted to touch him with

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College football bowl projections: Big Ten return shakes up College Football Playoff, New Year’s Six games

It has been almost a month since my preseason bowl projections, and since then, a lot has changed. The biggest change is that we welcome the Big Ten back to the 2020 college football season.  The league canceled its football season back on Aug. 11 but then reversed course on Sept. 17 and announced it will play an eight-game schedule plus a ninth game for each team on its championship Saturday, which will be Dec. 19.

From a bowl perspective, adding the Big Ten back in gives us 90 teams from which to choose.  It also means another Power Five conference in play for the College Football Playoff.

Ohio State, the preseason No. 2 team in the AP Top 25, is now projected to have that same seed in the College Football Playoff.  Alabama drops down to No. 3 and Oklahoma falls to No. 4.  Georgia is still in the

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Full ‘Corn Moon’ rises in September for 1st time in 3 years

Sept. 1 (UPI) — September’s lone full moon rose so early this year that it shined as the Corn Moon on Tuesday night and promised that October skies will be graced by a Blue Moon on Halloween.

For the first time in three years, the Corn Moon — the final full moon of the summer — rose in September and peaked about 1:22 a.m. EDT Wednesday on the opposite side of the sun, according to NASA.

Usually, September’s full moon rises closer to the Autumn Equinox, which ushers in the fall season on Sept. 22, and is named the Harvest Moon in relation to when Native Americans traditionally harvested their crops, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.

However, the nearest moon to the equinox is to rise on Oct. 1 this year, meaning September’s full moon is the Corn Moon as it appears around the traditional corn harvest, the annual calendar

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Debris From Kepler’s Supernova Still Traveling At High Speeds After 400 Years


  • Kepler’s supernova remnants still moving at high speeds 400 years after the explosion
  • The remnants are moving at speeds of 20 million miles per hour
  • That’s 25,000 times faster than the speed of sound on Earth

Astronomers have found that the debris from a supernova blast is still moving at extremely high speeds some 400 years after the blast was first observed from Earth.

It was in 1604 that early astronomers, including Johannes Kepler, first observed the supernova explosion we now know as Kepler’s Supernova, some 20,000 light years away in the Milky Way. At the time, its greatest apparent magnitude was about -2.5, making it brighter than Jupiter. But by 1606, it was no longer visible to the naked eye.

Today, astronomers still get to observe the phenomenon through advanced means such as NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

In a recent study published in The Astrophysical Journal, astronomers

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Pentagon’s UFO Group Is Officially Active, After Years of Secrecy

Photo credit: Department of Defense
Photo credit: Department of Defense

From Popular Mechanics

  • The Pentagon’s once-covert UFO program is officially active again with the establishment of a task force that will investigate the sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs).

  • The Pentagon says the task force’s mission is to “detect, analyze, and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security.”

  • Earlier this year, the Navy officially released three notorious UFO videos.

The Department of Defense has approved the establishment of an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force (UAPTF), a Pentagon spokesperson says. The task force will investigate the sightings of UAPs, also known as unidentified flying objects or UFOs.

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This is the first official government program affiliated with UFO research since a 2000s-era unit that analyzed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other

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New Jersey Couple Married for 62 Years Die of COVID-19 on the Same Day, 2 Days After Son’s Death

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A New Jersey couple described as “inseparable” died from the novel coronavirus just hours apart after losing their son to the same disease two days prior.

Newark natives Lawrence “Larry” Freda, 85, and Victoria “Vicki” Freda, 83, were married for 62 years when they died of COVID-19 on April 24, according to their online obituaries. Their 51-year-old son, John Freda, died of coronavirus on April 22.

N.J Gov. Phil Murphy honored the trio in a series of tweets on Wednesday, writing, “We remember Larry and Vicki Freda, and their son, John. One family.”

“Larry and Vicki loved being grandparents, and always had fun,” he added. “May God bless these three souls.”

Larry served in the U.S. Army at an outpost in Europe before embarking on a 24-year career at the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery in his hometown, according to

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Mickey Guyton is speaking her truth after years of doubt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mickey Guyton is turning a mirror on country music by speaking her truth and reclaiming both her career and identity.

Delivering a one-two punch of important songs this year leading up to her first new EP in five years, Guyton is not holding back her powerful voice any longer. Guyton has re-introduced herself after years of internal doubt and feeling unable to be herself as a Black woman in a genre dominated by white men.

“I was trying to write everybody else’s song and everybody else’s story when I had a unique story of my own,” said Guyton, 37.

The six-song EP called “Bridges,” coming out on Sept. 11, contains “What Are You Gonna Tell Her,” a pointed critique of the barriers that women face, and “Black Like Me,” revealing her own early experiences with racism. Other songs like “Heaven Down Here” and “Bridges” show her

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As universities reopen, no one has more uncertainty than this year’s freshman class

There’s the adventure of going off to college for the first time, that big, nerve-wracking step toward adulthood that some students have been preparing for their entire high school careers. And then there’s going off to college for the first time in 2020.

That is, if this year’s freshman class of students are even going off somewhere at all.

As universities in the Chicago area and around the country scramble to resume classes during the COVID-19 pandemic — be that with online coursework, students in class or a hybrid of both — they acknowledge they must plan in particular for this year’s freshman class, and figure out how to welcome new students with orientations that in past years would have included weeklong receptions, dorm move-in shindigs and get-to-know-you social events with fellow students.

A number of universities have not yet announced their plans for resuming. Recently, about 24% of American

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75 Years After Hiroshima, the World Is Still Reckoning With Nuclear

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Photo credit: Bettmann – Getty Images

From Popular Mechanics

Seventy-five years ago today, on August 6, 1945, President Harry S. Truman issued the order to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.

The number of Japanese people who were immediately killed is estimated to be between 70,000 and 140,000, with longer-term estimates of deaths, including radiation illnesses and cancer, extending up to 220,000.

Photo credit: U.S. Army/Library of Congress/Public Domain
Photo credit: U.S. Army/Library of Congress/Public Domain

“How easily we learn to justify violence in the name of some higher cause,” President Barack Obama said when he visited Hiroshima in 2016. “Technological progress without an equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us. The scientific revolution that led to the splitting of an atom requires a moral revolution, as well.”

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Obama’s use of the present tense is telling: It’s not at all clear that our grasp of nuclear technology fits a moral framework,

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Outbreaks increase, pension spiking’s gotta go and 30 years of ADA

Outbreaks grow as California struggles to control the coronavirus. The state’s high court strikes down some types of pension spiking. And I talk to a longtime disability advocate about 30 years of ADA, inclusion in Hollywood and how COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting the community.

It’s Arlene and it’s Thursday. Let’s do this.

But first, state lawmakers and members of the public ripped into the Employment Development Department over late payments and how difficult it was to reach a human or get a response. One woman broke down while explaining she had been trying to get through since March 21, when her company shut down: “This is my life, my family’s life.”

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Calls grow to remove (and keep) noose logo, vacation rentals to exit and heat wave

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