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Playing bad guys in “The Suicide Squad” felt really good for Idris Elba and John Cena. The actors are two of the big additions to DC Comics’ latest movie about supervillains tasked with coming together to save the world. Complicating the high-stakes mission is a bitter rivalry between Elba’s Bloodsport and Cena’s Peacemaker. “Every member of Suicide Squad is chosen for their unique talents,” ...

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Abigail Breslin stars with Matt Damon in the drama “Stillwater,” a fictional story that, at first glance, bears some resemblance to the real life story of Amanda Knox. “There are definitely parallels,” said Breslin, “but I don’t want to say it’s based on it. The film is about a guy who is an oil rig worker and he has a daughter who lives in France and is in prison for allegedly murdering her ...

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MINNEAPOLIS — In a stressful world, the Big Bog offers tranquility. Big Bog State Recreation Area isn't just off the beaten path; the beaten path isn't even quite sure where it is. But when you arrive, there's a lot to see — and not hear. Big Bog, on the eastern shore of Upper Red Lake in far northern Minnesota, is one of the largest undeveloped wilderness areas in the United States. The ...

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When Bret Michaels and members of “Rock of Love’s” Season 2 cast traded sweet nothings about their experiences on VH1’s popular reality series for the taping of a post-season postmortem, I’m certain the word “awesome” was uttered more than once. But the details are fuzzy. This was 2009, after all, and I had bigger things to worry about: I was producing Michaels’ episode of “Behind the Music,” ...

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Right now, Simone Biles’ fans must be wondering if they will see her out-of-this-world talents again at the Tokyo Olympics. They may never have imagined that this young woman — who set seemingly impossible new goals for herself even when doing less still would have set her on a different plane from all others in the sport — could withdraw from the team competition one day, and then the ...

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Country music fans gave us a hint of their politics recently, or seemed to, by sending Aaron Lewis’ “Am I the Only One” to the top of the charts. It’s a lament about cancel culture, “statues coming down,” flag-burning and Americans who are not willing to “take a bullet” for freedom. The lyrics lit up right-wing message boards with happiness. Lefties, on the other hand, got their knickers in a ...

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The damage from the opioid crisis extends beyond the harms of addiction and overdose. Some doctors say it also hurts people with chronic pain by derailing research intended to help them. The need to help people suffering chronic pain seduced some researchers into believing misleading claims of pharmaceutical companies promoting opioids. Researchers today say opioids are not only dangerous; ...

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A couple of months ago, I wrote an op-ed for The Progressive magazine about why President Joe Biden needs to build a bridge with young Americans. The nationally syndicated piece drew hundreds of responses from strangers agreeing with my sentiments. But I heard nothing from the one place that mattered most: the White House. So I wrote a Playbook on Youth Engagement in the White House and sent ...

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The hint of an education on race and racism I received in medical school involved a historical overview of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment and retired eugenics practices. As I rotated on the wards, race came up again as a vague tool to help narrow a diagnosis. New Black patient with severe headache, blurry vision? Think hypertensive crisis. I wasn’t taught why hypertension might be more ...

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It sounded frightening. The Israeli president thundered it’s “a new kind of terrorism.” The prime minister threatened “strong action.” The Israeli ambassador demanded that state governments in the United States bring the perpetrators to court. This wasn’t about a missile strike or a cyberattack. It was about ice cream. Ben & Jerry’s had announced that it would be ending production and sale of ...

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The Ben & Jerry’s boycott of the West Bank — it claimed that operating in this region is “inconsistent with our values” — isn’t just hurting certain people economically. It’s a dagger aimed at Israel. After its longtime Israeli distributor Avi Zinger promised to disregard the boycott, the ice cream maker declared it would not renew his license, ending a quarter-century of partnership. The ...

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As a pandemic safety measure, the U.S. House of Representatives began in May 2020 to hold committee hearings remotely so that witnesses could testify from home rather than in a crowded hearing room. This allowed people of all backgrounds, not just those who already live near Washington or who are able to fly there on short notice, to have their say before Congress. The results suggest this ...

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The unexpected loser in Tuesday’s special Texas congressional election was Susan Wright, the widow of the North Texas suburban district's former Republican representative. But the bigger loser may have been former President Donald Trump. At a time when Trump is pressuring Republicans to follow his leadership, the defeat of the candidate he strongly backed in a friendly Texas district raises ...

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This morning I was up early (for me) and could barely make out the plants outside. But I saw the Superbells calibrachoas moving as if a ghost were in the midst. I knew immediately it was a Ruby-throated hummingbird wasting no time in the daily feeding ritual. Despite the Proven Winners tag mentioning hummingbirds, it has really been quite the surprise this season. They will visit each and ...

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COVID-19 isn’t the only potentially deadly disease on the rise in Florida. The Sunshine State leads the nation in new HIV cases and ranks third in overall infection rates. Like the coronavirus, HIV is preventable — and deaths are unnecessary — with ongoing public education and the use of well-established precautions. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Florida ...

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BALTIMORE — Matt Rambo can’t predict what he will be doing in seven years. But news that the International Olympic Committee voted to allow lacrosse to return to the Summer Olympics after 73 years has the former Maryland star attackman considering remaining in the sport long enough to vie for a coveted Olympic medal in 2028. “I’m going to try my best,” said Rambo, 27 who won the Tewaaraton ...

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BEND, Ore. — Hiking in the Columbia River Gorge is similar to hiking in Central Oregon: So many options exist, it is hard to know where to begin. I find it’s best to rely on the locals. On a recent visit to see my family in Vancouver, Wash., I spent a day hiking with my sister, Cindy Morical, and her adventurous boyfriend, Tony Barnes. Barnes has spent lots of time on trails in the Gorge and ...

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Here we are again, on pins and needles over the rampant spread of COVID-19 in Florida, a mere two weeks before children start in-person school in some counties. It’s no joke: Florida leads the nation in COVID-19 cases, and hospitalizations are surging to a horribly familiar crisis point. This time, it’s the delta variant, more easily spread, more potent and more deadly. This time, the ...

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A move in Congress to require young women to register for the draft as young men are required to do has riled conservatives like Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo. The issue is, for the moment at least, a theoretical one. America hasn’t drafted anyone in half a century, relying entirely on a volunteer military since 1973. But men ages 18 to 25 still are required by federal law to register for the draft — ...

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Ann Defrasnoux is an opera singer. Henry McHenry is a stand-up comic. Their whirlwind romance, much like the weird and wondrous movie in which it unfolds, is a reminder that tragedy and comedy often make intimate bedfellows. But where does one end and the other begin? When Ann (Marion Cotillard) solemnly dons a red wig and navigates the kind of scenery that keeps fog machines in business, you ...