“All these things about us get disproved,” she says. “But the press, and I’m talking about the major organs of the press, not the Breitbarts and the InfoWars and the crazy people, they always bite. And I don’t know why.”
The much-hyped 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray hasn’t even been released yet—but it’s already fallen victim to Detroit crime. An engineering test vehicle had its wheels stolen near the GM headquarters and was left propped up on cinderblocks, The Detroit News reported. The newspaper says production on the $60,000 Stingray—which can hit speeds of 194 mph and had already been named MotorTrend car of the year—will begin in February.
Someone in California is auctioning off private letters about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Missives from President Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and President Lyndon Johnson, to then-California governor Edmund “Pat” Brown, are among the papers up for auction Monday at Sotheby’s in New York. Bidding starts at $14,000, and the auction house expects the materials to fetch for $20,000-$30,000.
All the items belonged to Brown, father of Jerry Brown, another California governor, according to Sotheby’s. Pat Brown died in 1996.
Covington Catholic high-school students returning by charter bus to Kentucky from the annual March for Life were involved in a fatal crash Saturday morning, the Associated Press reported.
The bus, one of four in a caravan carrying roughly 200 Covington students and chaperones, collided with a car in Campbell County, Kentucky, according to police. The car’s driver, who is as yet unidentified, was pronounced dead at the scene. The students had traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the annual anti-abortion March for Life on January 24. Local outlet WLWT5 reported that the car, originally going south, moved to the northbound side of the highway and hit the bus head on.
Two people on the bus were taken to the hospital for their injuries, and others suffered minor wounds, according to WLWT5. Because of damage to the bus, the students used emergency exit windows to escape the vehicle, the outlet reported.
Though Trump’s defense team only spoke for about two hours on Saturday morning, they invoked that phrase over and over again.
The Democrats’ lead impeachment prosecutor, they argued, took 24 hours to make his side’s case but failed to mention that in Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, the president simply reminded his counterpart that the U.S. was unfairly doing more than Europeans for Ukraine’s security. “We do a lot for Ukraine,” said Trump, “We spend a lot of effort and a lot of time.”
Sergio is 83, and he’s about to become a first-time spy—if only he can figure out how to use FaceTime. Seated across from Romulo, the private investigator who hired him, Sergio opens his iPhone camera app and lifts up the device, trying to understand why seeing his boss pictured on his screen isn’t the same thing as video-chatting him.
Older people’s struggles with technology, and in a larger sense the regrettable splintering of communication between the elderly and the young, are at the heart of The Mole Agent, a charming documentary that follows Sergio as he goes “undercover” in a retirement home. His mission is to investigate whether one of the female residents—his “target”—is being mistreated by the nurses, a task that was assigned to Romulo by the target’s suspicious daughter. Romulo puts out a call for men between the ages of 80 and 90, turning up a series of curious candidates. He eventually chooses Sergio, a soft-spoken Chilean gentleman who lost his wife just months earlier and seems eager for the diversion.
Obviously, Sergio is in most ways the anti-spy. Romulo equips him with a special pen and pair of spectacles that both contain tiny built-in video cameras, but Sergio can hardly figure out how to use them. Once he moves into the nursing home, Sergio has no trouble acting courteous and cordial among his new hallmates, but he has a hard time being discreet; he often sends Romulo voice memo updates while seated in the home’s public hallway for all to listen in—though neither the nurses nor residents ever seem to notice or care. It’s fresh and funny to watch an ostensibly serious espionage plot unfold in this gentle, slow-moving community, and the film’s charm and humor lie in its embrace of this contradiction.
Lev Parnas’s lawyer has released audio that he says captures a April 2018 fundraising dinner that Parnas attended with President Donald Trump and others. The audio indicates that at the dinner, Parnas—recently indicted for campaign finance violations—criticized America’s then-ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. Trump then called for her to be fired, the audio indicates.
As a coronavirus outbreak unfolds in China, Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping convened a meeting with top officials on Saturday to issue orders that he hopes will contain and reverse the epidemic. He called the virus’ spread a “grave situation” and called for a “blocking war” to limit the contagion’s transmission.
Wuhan, where people who worked at a meat and poultry market were the first to become hosts of the coronavirus, has been hit the hardest.
As of a little past midnight on Sunday, 42 people in China have died after being infected with the coronavirus; 38 of them were in Wuhan, the outbreak’s epicenter. More than 1,400 infections have been identified within China’s borders—though doctors in Wuhan have told Chinese press that the actual numbers could be an order of magnitude higher.
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My heart has still not recovered from binge-watching Cheer on Netflix, a series that had my nerves fried to the point they were giving off smoke. I gasped 20 to 30 times an episode watching the young cheer squad of Navarro College practice high-flying stunts, as if gravity was merely a construct and 95-pound girls in sports bras might actually bounce after plummeting from the top of a tower of human bodies.
On Oct. 30, 2015, a deadly fire at the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, Romania, killed 27 people and injured as many as 180.
The tragedy made international news, especially when video of the incident began circulating. First, the lead singer of the metalcore band Goodbye to Gravity notices a fire after one of their pyrotechnic effects goes off and ignited some soundproofing foam on the ceiling. He tells fans that this isn’t part of the show, then, more urgently, pleads for someone to find a fire extinguisher.
Within seconds, the blaze intensifies, the band darts off stage and a panicked crowd of hundreds barrel toward the only working exit at the venue, a two-part door that was only half opened. People began climbing over each other in a rush to escape, causing a stampede. The video ends with the sounds of piercing screams as smoke gathers and the phone falls to the ground, presumably with its owner.