In the Dazzling ‘La Chimera,’ Josh O’Connor Is a Sad Tomb Raider

It was almost the year of movie star Josh O’Connor. In one of the most devastating delays as a result of the SAG strike, his highly anticipated tennis film, Challengers, was pushed from its original fall release date to April 2024. (Eight whole months until we see those pro-athlete abs!) He also has a supporting …

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Even China’s Closest Supporters in Taiwan Are Turning Wary

(Bloomberg) — Kinmen is close enough to China that the residents of this small group of islands have been able to watch with the naked eye the ascendance of an economic giant next door. “Have you seen the buildings in Xiamen?” asks Li Wen-liang, Kinmen’s deputy county commissioner as he waves a hand toward the Chinese …

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Former MLB pitcher Jim Poole dead at 57 after battle with ALS

Former MLB relief pitcher Jim Poole died Friday at age 57, according to his alma mater, Georgia Tech. Poole was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in 2021. He played for eight MLB clubs in his 11-year career, primarily with the San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles, but he probably is best …

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Our Tech Wearables Are Turning Into Modern Mood Rings

Remember the 1990s when mood rings were having a moment? Well, what’s old is new again, except with a high-tech twist: Instead of color-changing stones to indicate shifting emotions, today’s “modern mood rings” use physiological data to flag moments of stress, excitement, despair, and more. You might even be wearing one right now: They may …

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NJ religious group that blocks beach access on Sunday files lawsuit seeking ‘lawful accommodation’

Thou shalt not set foot on our sand! A Jersey Shore group that has been issued violations for banning people from the beach in Ocean Grove on Sunday mornings is suing to maintain the restriction, according to a report. The lawsuit was filed Oct. 2 in Monmouth County Superior Court by the Ocean Grove Camp …

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How the God Complex of 4 Billionaires Could Destroy Society

Listen to this full episode of The New Abnormal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon and Stitcher. Jonathan Taplin, director emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and author of the new book, The End of Reality: How Four Billionaires are Selling a Fantasy Future of the Metaverse, Mars, and Crypto, tells The New Abnormal how …

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Skydiver killed after landing in the yard of a Florida home: officials

A man was killed Saturday in a skydiving accident in Florida. He was found wearing parachuting gear on the lawn of a home in the coastal city of Titusville, just east of Orlando. The residence where the man was found and pronounced dead on the scene is just a block from the Arthur Dunn Airpark, …

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Braves fans throw bottles on field after controversial call

Atlanta Braves fans turned back the clock to 2012 during Game 1 of an NLDS Saturday night. After a controversial, although probably correct, catcher’s interference call with the bases loaded that brought in a run, fans tossed bottles onto the outfield grass. J.T. Realmuto was up for the Philadelphia Phillies when he fouled a pitch …

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Ancient tomb may have belonged to a courtesan with Alexander the Great’s army, archeologists reveal

Israeli archeologists may have discovered the first-ever tomb of a woman known as a “hetaira” to Alexander the Great’s army in Ancient Greece.  A hetaira, or courtesan, was an “esteemed escort,” said the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.  More specifically, hetaira were “one of a class of professional independent courtesans of Ancient Greece who, besides developing physical …

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