‘the Leftovers’: Broken Vows

When Laurie seems to be on the verge of backing out, Patti is tasked with responding like a certain Comcast customer service agent whose insane retention tactics went viral not too long ago. The violence of the episode winds up testing the convictions of more than just Laurie in one way or another. And Gladys manages to become another strong offering that echoes some of the emotional weight of Two Boats and a Helicopter, while thankfully not shying away from providing a few much-needed moments of levity. Reverend Jamisons response to Kevins dropping of an F-bomb is one particularly enjoyable light moment, as is Kevins ongoing flirtation with Nora Durst. Like the event at the heart of the series itself, the question of who killed Gladys will seemingly go unanswered, as the government perfunctorily cremates her remains, while the concerned parties are basically told (either verbally or by whistle) to forget about it and move on. As Jamison and Laurie dig their heels in with regard to their respective groups, the two Garveys still in the same house have a breakthrough in their relationship. This is a community (and a world) torn apart by a universal catastrophe, one where every attempt to unite is answered with the creation of another ideological or emotional schism, or through acts of aggression that leave one person dead and another with several white shirts that are presumably not his.
More: ‘The Leftovers’: Broken Vows

Look Back 250 • Class conflict erupts on St. Louis streets in 1877 general strike : News

Eight months later, leading businessmen founded the Veiled Prophet organization. Riding upon floats bought from Mardi Gras in New Orleans, members rolled their first parade on Oct. 8, 1878. It was a blunt assertion of social hierarchy. That years prophet the only one ever revealed by the secret society was Police Commissioner John G. Priest, who had worked to suppress the strike. St. Louis briefly experiments with legalized prostitution During the Civil War, the city was filled with soldiers and the brothels they kept busy.
Read More: Look Back 250 • Class conflict erupts on St. Louis streets in 1877 general strike : News


‘the Leftovers’: Broken Vows

The sound of rocks hitting the victims skull, and the blood pooling at her feet become the only resonant noises, until Gladys finally has no other choice but to break her vow of silence and plead with her unseen assailants to spare her life. In addition to the visceral unpleasantness, the scene is packed with historical and religious implications, and how the nihilism of the Guilty Remnant is being revisited upon them. The Leftovers could have cut to the discovery of Gladys body (complete with Dean running through the scene) and then filled in the blanks regarding her cause of death. It certainly would have saved everyone the displeasure of watching her die in such a grisly manner. For that matter, Gladys could have been killed in a myriad of ways, if the point of the episode boiled down to one person being killed. But despite being titled after a single character, Gladys is really about the people of Mapleton and, to a certain degree, the world around them. As such, Gladys method of execution becomes significant because the act of stoning itself is often times enacted by members of the same community. Throughout the episode, Leder is particularly interested in the idea of community, and of the individuals who normally go unnoticed in the background.
Read More: ‘The Leftovers’: Broken Vows

Fighter Down | News | The Journal

Things went wrong almost immediately. After the bell, the fighters came together and Watts grabbed Hebenstriet, lifted him high in the air and attempted to slam him into the mat while bringing his weight down on top of his opponent. But Watts’ technique was sloppy, and his head was placed in the wrong position. Watts’ head hit the mat first, with the weight of both fighters falling on top of it. The impact fractured Watts’ V-4 vertebrae, damaging his spinal cord. “In the end, I broke my own neck,” Watts says, adding that he remembers every second of the fight and its immediate aftermath in vivid detail.
Read More: Fighter Down | News | The Journal

Egypt: Deaths in police custody, once a spark for revolt, now met by shrugs – CSMonitor.com

The man would later die when riot police quashed aprisoners demonstration with high pressure water hoses. All the former prisoners describe a routine lack of medical care. One showed a photo of an old man slumped against a wall, his white robe stained with blood he had vomited, due to a pre-existing health condition.Two others recalled how an imprisoned Syrian doctor removed shrapnel from an inmate’s leg, using plastic spoons and Dettol. ‘Rampant’ torture Torture,a staple of Egyptian detention, continues unabated. Amnesty International has described the practice as “rampant,” and its researchers report an upsurge since April for reasons that remain unclear. Methods include electrocution and hanging. Former detainees from police stations andprisonsacross Egypt say heavy beatings and sexual abuse are commonplace.
Read More: Egypt: Deaths in police custody, once a spark for revolt, now met by shrugs – CSMonitor.com


Hudson River Plane Survivor Encourages Others To Be Resourceful | The-dispatch.com

He thought maybe the plane lost its engine. However, he did not know the craft had collided with a flock of geese that disabled both engines. He remembers looking out the window and seeing fire by the left wing. “It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop,” Sanderson said about the passengers. The now-famous flight captain, Chesley Sullenberger, had to make an emergency landing that happened to be in the Hudson. Sanderson said the plane hit the water going 100 to 120 mph. As the last passenger on the plane, he felt he was responsible for the safety of others and risked his own life to help others off the plane.
Read More: Hudson River plane survivor encourages others to be resourceful | The-Dispatch.com

Al-Aqsa Hospital Hit As Strikes on Gaza’s Medical Facilities Continue | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Also, EuropaCorp. recently hired its acquisition team and is poised to take on the Toronto Film Festival. RELATED: Luc Bessons EuropaCorp. Creates U.S. Acquisition Team Lucy is not only on track to win the weekend at the box office but is also delivering the most social engagement activity above Hercules, the Rob Reiner-directed And So it Goes (not surprisingly) as well as The Purge: Anarchy (in its second weekend) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Interestingly, a parody video created by YouTube superstar Ryan Higa (who has over 12M subscribers) pulled in 2.37M views as of this morning, according to RelishMix. That parody is also linking to the official trailer so is driving traffic into that. Lucy stars Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, the latter of which has 14M fans on FB, so his fans are engaging.
For the original version, visit http://www.deadline.com/2014/07/box-office-preview-lucy-to-outpower-hercules-and-apes/

Box Office: ‘Lucy’ To Overpower ‘Hercules’ And ‘Apes’

The elevator is destroyed and all hospital assets are badly damaged, Khattab told MEE, inspecting the destruction around him. Aqsa hospital in central Gaza is the only hospital providing services to several refugee camps, including al-Maghazi, al-Nuseirat as well as some towns and villages including Deir el Balah and Juhu al-Dik. Health officials estimate that Aqsa is the main hospital serving over 350,000 residents of Gaza . Since the start of Operation Protective Edge, more than 550 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed at least 3,350 injured. One Israeli civilian and 25 Israeli soldiers have also been killed in the fighting. Gazas medical infrastructure was already hard hit by the conflict, but the hit on Aqsa has further stretched resources.
Read More: Al-Aqsa Hospital Hit As Strikes on Gaza’s Medical Facilities Continue | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community


Cnn’s Gut Check For July 24, 2014 – Cnn Political Ticker – Cnn.com Blogs

Lynch has barely played in the preseason in the past, and Carroll has made it clear that theyll rest Lynch plenty this preseason to keep him fresh for the regular season. What receivers will make the team? The Seahawks will keep five, maybe six receivers on the 53-man roster, and that means, barring injury, some very tough decisions have to be made. Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and second-round pick Paul Richardson all seem like safe bets, if not locks, to make the team, but if only one or two more players are going to make the team, that means players like fourth-round pick Kevin Norwood, Ricardo Lockette or former starter Sidney Rice could be on the outside looking in when final cuts are made. Rice is coming back from ACL surgery, and needs to show he can stay healthy if hes going to beat out a player like Norwood, who was one of Seattles most impressive rookies during offseason workouts. Lockette, meanwhile, may be fighting an uphill battle despite contributing to a Super Bowl-winning team last year both on special teams and as a receiver. This will be a fun group to watch over the next few weeks.
Read More: Seahawks training camp storylines to watch: offense | HeraldNet.com – Seattle Sidelines

Seahawks training camp storylines to watch: offense | HeraldNet.com – Seattle Sidelines

It’s totally safe to fly to Israel, and I recommend it by the way to everyone who wants to come in. FORMER CONGRESSWOMAN JANE HARMAN, WHO REPRESENTED THE AREA AROUND LAX FOR YEARS, ON CNN:I just want to mention one other thing. Since I am from Los Angeles, I want Minister Lapid in Israel to know that LAX. is a safe airport. I did represent it for 17 years and I live right nearby right now. Congressman to Chamber: I dont need your award REPUBLICAN REP. KERRY BENTIVOLIO CHIEF OF STAFF IN A STATEMENT : “The Chamber of Commerce is beholden to special interests and has long since forgotten the Main Street businesses that struggle every day to make payroll and keep their company afloat It is with great pride that I reject their award, and call on them to stand on the side of America, instead of on the side of China and corporate interests seeking to exploit people for profit.” DCCC defends Sen. Walsh amidst plagiarism report DCCC SPOKESMAN JUSTIN BARASKY: “John Walsh is a decorated war hero and its disgusting that Steve Daines and Washington Republicans are going to try denigrate Johns distinguished service after multiple polls show him gaining. Steve Daines should immediately denounce these latest smears and call for an end to all attacks on John Walshs record protecting Montana and serving his country. JOHN WALSH RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN A STATEMENT : He acknowledges the citations were not all done correctly, but that it was an unintentional mistake. Michelle Kwan stars in husband’s political ad FORMER U.S.
Read More: CNN’s GUT CHECK for July 24, 2014 – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs

Surgery may affect the nervous system | The Detroit News

Some authors have suggested that the autonomic nervous system changes are one mechanism by which people are more likely to have depression after cardiac surgery. I found several explanations why the ANS changes with bypass surgery, but no clear consensus. I would want to be sure that there are no other causes of these symptoms. It sounds like you have had an extensive evaluation, but I certainly would be concerned about a sudden fast heart rhythm. Dear Dr. Roach: I have read that if you think you are having a heart attack, you should put an aspirin under your tongue to help it dissolve fast and therefore thin your blood.
Source: Surgery may affect the nervous system | The Detroit News


Nfl 101: Breaking Down The Basics Of Man Pressure | Bleacher Report

World Bank: Boko Haram Stalls African Aid Projects

2 to the closed side of the formation. As you can see, the edge-rusher to the open side of the formation will peel on the running back if he releases on the quick swing route. If he blocks to the open side (or uses scan protection to the closed side), the edge-rusher continues on the blitz path. The peel technique is built into multiple zero pressure schemes as it allows the defense to rush off the edge with the security of matching to the back if the offense wants to use the swing route to give the quarterback a quick read to beat the blitz. Defending the Sight Adjust (Flat-Foot Read) The sight adjust (or hot read) is a quick, three-step route conversion used by the offense to counter/beat man pressure. Wide receivers will run the hot (slant, hitch, quick out, smoke) when they read pressure and/or off-man. However, depending on the down-and-distance situation, this is exactly what you want to see from a defensive perspective when using a flat-foot read (no backpedal, read through the three-step drop) in order to drive downhill, make a play or tackle the receiver to get off the field (third down).
More: NFL 101: Breaking Down the Basics of Man Pressure | Bleacher Report

Makhtar Diop, a vice president for the financial institution, said the rebel group Boko Harams terrorism has set back projects to improve the livelihoods of people in famine-stricken northern Cameroon and Nigeria and southern Chad. In northern Cameroon, a high-poverty area thats vulnerable to natural disasters, a $108 million grant is stagnating instead of rehabilitating embankments, dams and irrigation systems and improving disaster-preparedness. Diop met with Cameroon President Paul Biya to discuss how Boko Haram has created panic and slowed the execution of some World Bank-financed projects. Diop told VOA they talked about economic development and how to increase the conditions of peace and stability and try also to see how we can strengthen all the social protection programs to alleviate poverty. Governor complains Midjiyawa Bakari governs a far northern region of Cameroon, where World Bank grants aim to restore rice production and provide food and income for the areas 3 million-plus residents. But he told VOA the projects had suffered because most beneficiaries and aid workers are leaving, fearing the violent Islamist group and its regular assaults on villages. The governor said its time to address the insecurity in north Cameroon. He adds that residents have found weapons buried in some towns and are investigating their origins. Such situations scare people from working in the north, he concludes.
Source: World Bank: Boko Haram Stalls African Aid Projects


Ap News In Brief At 5:58 A.m. Edt – New Jersey Herald

“According to what we can understand so far, this was due to weather, the influence of the typhoon,” a TransAsia representative, Phoebe Lu, told The Associated Press. She said the carrier was waiting for Taiwanese authorities to complete an investigation to get confirmation. Official Algerian news agency says Air Algerie plane disappears from radar ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) – An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from radar on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers, the official Algerian news agency said Thursday. Air navigation services lost track of the plane 50 minutes after takeoff early Thursday, last sited at 0155 GMT, the agency said. “In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan,” the agency quoted the airline as saying. The flight path of Flight AH5017 from Ouagadougou, the capital of the west African nation of Burkina Faso, to Algiers was not immediately clear.
For the original version, visit http://www.njherald.com/story/26099840/ap-news-in-brief-at-558-am-edt

Bulgaria’s prime minister resigns with bank crisis unresolved – Yahoo News

The church tweeted this parody graphic of him with the words Repent! Or Perish. For their part, the Westboro protesters appear to feel theyre the persecuted ones, and they posted a video of a car driving near their group of protesters before the show (there were no injuries) accompanied by this quip:Ya know when @PanicAtTheDisco s giant line of fans looked the happiest? When this happened. Panics decision to donate money to the Human Rights Campaign was spontaneous; the equal rights advocacy group says they had no idea it was going to happen. We heard about it probably when everybody else did, said Charles Joughin, national press secretary for HRC. When Westboro announced plans to protest the Panic concert, the band responded quickly by showing their support for the LGBT community, said Joughin.
For the original version, visit http://news.yahoo.com/westboro-baptist-church-duped-fundraising-lgbt-222429412.html

But Oresharski’s tenure was overshadowed by months of street protests against corruption, deadly floods that hit the Black Sea city of Varna in June and a standoff between Brussels and Moscow over a Russian-led gas pipeline project. The Socialists ruled with the ethnic Turkish MRF party in a minority coalition, which relied on the outside support of the nationalist Attack party to cling to power and survive repeated no confidence votes while in office. Hundreds gathered in the Bulgarian capital as news of the resignation broke, chanting “victory”, as two lines of police looked on in front of the parliament building. Wednesday also marked the first anniversary of an eight-hour siege of parliament by protesters demanding the government’s resignation. But opposition GERB leader Boiko Borisov wrote on his Facebook wall: “Such a belated resignation, and knowing what ruin they leave behind, I could not even enjoy it.” Earlier, protesters threw tomatoes at a government building, according to local media reports. The government stands down with no consensus in sight about how to rescue Corporate Commercial Bank (Corpbank) and protect its depositors after a run on the bank in June. The central bank governor on Tuesday wrote to parliament offering to step down, saying he would not let the bank be used as a political “toy” after repeated attacks on the institution. MORE DEBTDepositors unnerved by reports of shady deals by Corpbank’s main owner withdrew more than a fifth of deposits in a week-long bank run.
For the original version, visit http://news.yahoo.com/bulgarias-technocrat-prime-minister-resigns-amid-banking-crisis-152757111–sector.html


Dana White Loves Stefan Struve, But He’s Concerned About Giving Him Another Fight – Yahoo Sports

Spokesman Lambert Mende told The Associated Press on Tuesday afternoon that the situation was in control after reports of heavy gunfire near the Tshatshi military camp in Kinshasa. Mende did not immediately have a toll for anyone killed or wounded in the attack. The military camp is located close to the residence of President Joseph Kabila and the sound of gunfire for about 20 minutes in the area provoked widespread panic. Tensions have been particularly high in Congo’s capital since December when assailants attacked not only the Tshatshi camp but also the airport and the headquarters of national television. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. All content Copyright 2000 – 2014 WorldNow and Quincy Herald-Whig.
Source: Assailants attack Congo military camp in capital – Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

Toughest jobs in sports: World Cup referee | Dirty Tackle – Yahoo Sports

Struve overcame the odds and was cleared by doctors in April to fight again. The top fifteen-ranked heavyweight was offered a fight against Matt Mitrione at UFC 175 and was medically cleared by the Nevada Athletic Commission. They officially made weight on Independence Day for the July 5 event. While warming up prior to the fight, Struve suffered a panic attack and became light headed. His blood pressure dropped and his return bout was nixed from the card just before the broadcast went live on pay-per-view. The good news is that Struve is healthy.
For the original version, visit http://sports.yahoo.com/news/dana-white-loves-stefan-struve-161238682–mma.html

Panic surged through Horacio Elizondo late in the 2006 World Cup final as players from both teams encircled him and awaited his decision. An Italian defender lay on the ground writhing in pain, clutching his chest and pointing at French star Zinedine Zidane, but Elizondo had been watching the ball and had no idea what happened. The Argentinian referee asked his assistant closest to the play if he’d seen the incident. No luck. Elizondo asked his assistant on the far side of the pitch. Again nothing. Then, just as Elizondo feared he was about to make a mess of the most high-profile match of his career as a referee, the voice of a fourth official typically in charge of administrative duties crackled in his headset.
For the original version, visit http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/soccer-dirty-tackle/toughest-jobs-in-sports–world-cup-referee-053443624.html