The line-up for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival has been announced, with 112 films set to be screened in Park City, Utah. Unlike many other film festivals on the circuit, Sundance has unveiled a competition slate where 53% of the films have been directed by women. “We’re always going for parity, but because of the way we program, we’re looking for the films before we are who made them, so that kind of comes in the fine-tuning of the program, and it’s always amazing when it comes out that way,” said director of programming Kim Yutani. “This year, it was completely organic. Different people are telling stories, and I think that is indicative of the time we are living in right now.” Highlights include Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil and Vile, starring Zac Efron as notorious serial killer Ted Bundy; Jennifer Kent’s follow-up to The Babadook, Australian drama The Nightingale; and Velvet Buzzsaw, which sees Jake Gyllenhaal reunite … [Read more...] about Sundance film festival to showcase Zac Efron as Ted Bundy and documentaries on Weinstein and Ocasio-Cortez
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Known as the internet's evil twin, the dark web is a place where services offering hit men-for-hire are just a computer click away. "48 Hours" explores the alarming world of murder-for-hire on the mysterious dark web and exposes an international criminal organization in a hunt for a self-described murder mastermind who uses the name Yura. A six-month investigation spans the globe and leads "48 Hours" to information in the U.S. and beyond, about murder plots bought and paid for -- but not yet carried out. Who is Yura? Where is Yura? And can police intervene before someone else gets killed? HIT TARGET: COTTAGE GROVE, MN He calls himself Yura -- a man who says he's behind an international murder empire named Besa Mafia. His real name is unknown. YURA'S VIDEO DIARY: A hit man market place is like any other auction site. It brings customers and vendors together. YURA'S VIDEO DIARY: Any hit man is welcome to sign up. But not all will be … [Read more...] about “48 Hours” disrupts alleged dark web hitmen in potential murder-for-hire plots
Ledyard King USA TODAY Published 2:07 p.m. UTC Jun 17, 2018 HARRISONBURG, VA — Sheila Kloefkorn is a liberal, gay marketing executive in crimson-red Arizona who had a falling out with her family over the 2016 election. Greg Steinbrecher is a conservative aspiring actor from navy-blue California who's been labeled a "Nazi" by friends for his right-of-center views. For both, finding a way to lower the heat in a nation reaching a boil on political discourse is more than just a worthy ideal, it's something worth fixing. Which is why they and more than 150 other optimists from across the U.S. gathered at a small college in rural Virginia earlier this month to chart a course for civil dialogue in a country constantly shouting at each other on-line and in person. Kloefkorn and Steinbrecher were participants in the founding convention of an organization called Better Angels, formed by blue and red voters following Donald Trump's victory as president a year … [Read more...] about One group tries to lower the volume on the high-decibel noise that’s further dividing a polarized nation
Samuel Stebbins 24/7 Wall Street Published 9:02 p.m. UTC May 30, 2018 The American Dream promises to all the opportunity to attain financial security -- and even wealth -- through hard work. Just how widespread these opportunities are is a matter of debate, but there are towns that serve as evidence that the American Dream is alive and well, at least for some. In almost every state -- rich or poor -- there is at least one town where most households earn far more than the typical state resident and the typical American. Though separated by vast distances, the states' wealthiest towns often have more in common with each other than with other communities in the same state -- even some that may be just a few miles down the road. Almost without exception, the wealthiest towns have expensive real estate and are home to well-educated populations. With relatively high median incomes, they are also often home to large shares of extremely wealthy households -- those earning $200,000 or … [Read more...] about What’s the richest town in every state?
For almost 20 years, U.S. drone warfare was largely one-sided. Unlike Afghans and Yemenis, Iraqis and Somalis, Americans never had to worry about lethal robots hovering overhead and raining down missiles. Until, that is, one appeared in the skies above Florida. But that’s a story for later. For now, let’s focus on a 2017 executive order issued by President Trump, part of his second attempt at a travel ban directed primarily at citizens of Muslim-majority nations. It begins: “It is the policy of the United States to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks.” Read also Laurent Checola & Edouard Pflimlin, “Drones command the skies”, Le Monde diplomatique, December 2009. That sentence would be repeated in a January report from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Meant to strengthen the president’s case … [Read more...] about Pentagon documents detail dystopian dangers