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Wes Craven, iconic horror movie director, dies at 76

Wes Craven: a master of fear who showed us our dark side dies.

 

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Heather Langenkamp in the 1984 'hit slasher' Nightmare on Elm Street

Heather Langenkamp in the 1984 ‘hit slasher’ Nightmare on Elm Street

“Horror films don’t create fear, they release it.” So said Wes Craven, the director who died this week aged 76.

With his first film, The Last House on the Left (1972), he released industrial quantities of fear into an already febrile America. The fall of Nixon, the Vietnam War and the civil rights struggle meant old power structures were no longer to be trusted. A new breed of horror filmmakers, like Craven, George A. Romero (The Night of the Living Dead) and Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), allegorised that malaise in order to better pick through it.

In their films, entrenched authority was incompetent and/or corrupt – and the traditional, nuclear family unit curdled beyond recognition. Mum, Dad and the kids transformed into slavering cannibals in Craven’s second film, The Hills Have Eyes. The nice folks from the local church became the community of weird religious ascetics in Deadly Blessing. Unlike the sensual Hammer movies of earlier days, Craven’s monsters often didn’t creep out of castles. They just sauntered down the street and opened your front door. They were us.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Brain-eating amoeba kills 14-year-old star athlete

(CNN) – The fatal brain-eating amoeba has struck once again, this time claiming the life of a 14-year-old star athlete.

Michael John Riley Jr. was just days away from starting his freshman year of high school. The Houston teen, who qualified for the Junior Olympics three times in track, was swimming in with his cross-country team on August 13 at Sam Houston State Park.

That’s when Michael encountered the Naegleria fowleri amoeba. Within days, the teen’s bad headache turned into a total loss of brain function. He died Sunday.

While infections from Naegleria fowleri are rare, they’re usually fatal. Here’s what to know about the brain-eating parasite:

Naegleria fowleri is a single-celled organism that can cause a brain infection called primary amebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

It’s typically found in warm fresh water such as lakes, rivers and hot springs.

“These disease-causing organisms are naturally present in most lakes, ponds, and rivers but multiply rapidly in very warm and stagnant water,” the Oklahoma State Department of Health said.

People can get infected by swimming or diving into infected, warm bodies of water, the CDC said. The amoeba enters the nose and travels to the brain.

In extremely rare cases, swimmers can get infected from pools that are not adequately chlorinated.

But it’s impossible to get infected by drinking water contaminated with the amoeba. And infections are not contagious.

Very rarely. In the past 53 years, only about 133 cases have been documented, according to the CDC.

Most of those cases happened in Texas, Florida, Arkansas, Arizona and California.

Very often. Of those 133 cases, only three people survived.

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Posted by on August 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Virginia TV journalists shot dead on air in attack staged by former colleague

Alison Parker and Adam Ward killed during live broadcast by suspected gunman Vester Lee Flanagan, who posted own video of shooting before killing himself

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WDBJ station manager Jeff Marks pays tribute to the ‘much-loved’ journalists who were killed

Two local TV reporters were shot dead in the midst of a live broadcast in Virginia on Wednesday, the victims of an attack perpetrated by a disgruntled former colleague.

The shooting occurred around 6.45am local time, in Moneta, near Roanoke, and appeared to have been carefully orchestrated to construct a horrific spectacle that would play out live on TV.

Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were broadcasting a live interview with an official from the local chamber of commerce when there was the sudden sound of gunfire and screams. The camera tumbled to the ground, and producers at the local WDBJ7 news station cut off the broadcast, switching to a shocked-looking anchor in the studio.

It later emerged that both Parker and Ward died at the scene. The gunman also shot their interviewee, Vicki Gardner, the executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake regional chamber of commerce. Gardner survived and is in stable condition after surgery.

The suspect, Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, was a former TV reporter at WDBJ7, who broadcast under the on-air name Bryce Williams. He died several hours after shooting himself.

By then Flanagan had posted on the internet his own video of the attack, apparently shot with a GoPro-style camera.

Flanagan, who is black, and claimed racially toned grievances against his former employer, also faxed a 23-page document to ABC News in which he made bizarre references to mass shootings.

He connected the atrocity in Roanoke to the recent shooting by a white supremacist at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

“Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15 …,” Flanagan wrote in the document,according to ABC News. “What sent me over the top was the church shooting.”

At a press conference later on Wednesday, Franklin County sheriff Bill Overton said it was too early to conclude any specific motives behind the killings and said investigators were in possession of the document faxed to ABC as well as a cascade of social media postings published by the suspect before and after the attack.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Morgan Freeman’s Granddaughter Stabbed to Death in Washington Heights: Police

Morgan Freeman arrives with E’Dena Hines for the 62nd annual Golden Globe Awards show.

The granddaughter of actor Morgan Freeman was stabbed to death in Manhattan early Sunday morning, police said.

Police responded to a call of a stabbing just before 3 a.m. in Washington Heights. When officers arrived at 450 W. 162nd St., they found E’Dena Hines, 33, lying in the street. She had been stabbed multiple times in the torso, according to police.

EMS rushed Hines to Harlem Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Freeman mourned Hines in a statement Sunday, saying: “The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer. Her friends and family were fortunate enough to have known what she meant as a person. Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.”

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Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Search dog used in effort to find 2 missing teen boaters in Florida finds scent match with items found on Savannah, Ga. beach@CBS12.

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Myths And Facts On Hillary Clinton’s Email And Reports Of “Top Secret” Materials

Media are exploiting news that two emails Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton turned over to the State Department from her time as secretary of state may be retroactively classified as “top secret” to push myths about Clinton’s handling of government information and scandalize her email use. Here are the facts.

FACT: None Of The Emails Sent To Clinton Were Labeled As “Classified” Or “Top Secret

FACT: Emails Originated In State Dept. System, And Questions About Retroactive Classification Would Have Occurred Regardless Of Clinton’s Server Use

FACT: Experts Have Debunked Any Comparison Between Clinton’s Email Use And David Petraeus’ Crimes

FACT: IG Referral To Justice Department Was Not Criminal, And FBI Isn’t Targeting Clinton Herself

Intelligence Community IG Says Two Emails From Clinton’s Server Should Be Marked “Top Secret”

Intelligence Community Inspector General Says Two Emails From Clinton’s Server Contain “Top Secret” Information. The inspector general for the Intelligence Community (ICIG), I. Charles McCullough, reportedly informed leaders of key congressional oversight committees that two classified emails previously discovered on Clinton’s server contain top secret information. As McClatchy reported:

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Posted by on August 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Gunfire erupts in Ferguson on anniversary of Michael Brown’s killing

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Shots have been fired in Ferguson, Missouri, at a protest to mark the first anniversary of the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

St Louis County police said an officer was “involved in a shooting after coming under heavy gunfire” and that “two unmarked cars took shots”.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing at least one injured person lying on the ground.

The shooting of the 18-year-old by white police officer Darren Wilson sparked demonstrations across America.

It fuelled a national protest movement against racial bias by police.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2015 in Ferguson

 
 
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