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Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:07

Weird National Briefs (01-27-2016)

Not so wily

VALPARAISO, Ind. - A coyote has returned to the wild after getting stuck in a vestibule at a Kohl's department store in Valparaiso.

Authorities were called to the store at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday when the coyote entered the first set of doors and employees locked a second set of doors, trapping the animal in the vestibule area.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 20:55

Catching up (01-27-2016)

Over the weekend I saw 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' which allowed me to pick up my nearly-revoked nerd card and continue on my merry way as a happy geek don't worry, just in case there is still someone out there who hasn't seen it, there will be no spoilers here. But it was awesome. I cried entirely too much at points where you aren't necessarily supposed to cry like the opening credits. But whatever.

This is also the soonest I've seen a new release since the kids were born. It hadn't even hit the second run yet. Well, it probably would have if it had been any other movie. But it wasn't. It was still playing everywhere. That's another point in my favor.

Published in Edge Staff Mom
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 20:53

Criminal Mischief - (01-27-2016)

Two-for-one-warrants

BANGOR Officers doing warrant checks ended up arresting two after recognizing one of the pair from a previous incident.

On Jan. 24, around 9:55 p.m., Officers Jordan Perry and Evan Haskell were working on actively locating persons with active warrants. They received information that Brian Carlisle, 30, of Bangor was staying at an address on Griffin Road. When they arrived, he answered the door dressed in a towel. Officers confirmed he had an active warrant and he would need to get dressed. Police offered to escort him upstairs to dress or said someone from upstairs could furnish him with clothing.

Carlisle called upstairs to someone named Jasmine and informed her he was under arrest and that he needed clothing. Someone from upstairs pushed clothing down the stairs, but did not actually descend.

Published in Criminal Mischief
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 20:24

Celebrity Slam - (01-27-2016)

Crazy in B.o.B.-flat

Sometimes, filling this space can be tough. The foibles of the rich and famous don't operate on any sort of timetable. As delightful as it would be to be able to control the whens and wheres of celebrity missteps, things simply don't work that way. We must sit and wait patiently and hope that someone somewhere will say or do something worthy of our scorn and derision.

However, there are some weeks when a beautiful piece of celebrity lunacy springs forth fully-formed as if leaping from the head of a pop culture Zeus. Those weeks are the best weeks. Thanks to hip-hop artist B.o.B., this is one such week. Why?

Published in Celebrity Slam
Tuesday, 26 January 2016 19:45

Some dirt just won't wash off

'Dirty Grandpa' one of 2016's worst so far

Ever wonder what would happen if you paired one of the greatest actors in Hollywood history with a sentient set of abs?

Well, whether you did or not, the answer has arrived in the form of 'Dirty Grandpa,' a comedy sorry, 'comedy' starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron. Let me be the one to assure you that however bad you might believe this movie to be, rest assured that it is much, much worse.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 12:04

'13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi'

Flawed film features solid action, questionable accuracy

There are few filmmakers in Hollywood who are as commercially successful and as critically reviled as Michael Bay. His over-the-top explosion-laden aesthetic has proven to be extremely popular at the box office, much to the chagrin of just about anyone who actually cares about movies as an art form.

However, it should be noted that Bay has occasionally managed to transcend his inherent schlocky dudebro-ness and create something more. And I do mean occasionally I can think of two, the most recent being 2013's 'Pain & Gain.' Make no mistake these offerings are still very much Michael Bay movies. They just have a less 'lowest common denominator' vibe than his usual fare.

Published in Movies
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 21:14

Wintery Mix

Editor's note: Wire reports contributed to parts of this story.

For a long time, this winter wasn't really acting like a winter. Balmy temperatures, not-so-white Christmas, open water just about everywhere. Well, now that it's mid-January things are starting to normalize. We've had a couple of decent-sized weather events and soon those who enjoy being out in the cold will be able to do so.

If you're one of those people, you probably know a fair thing about what the state has to offer in terms of outdoor winter activities. But if you're new, or made a resolution to get out and play in the snow, here's a few things you can try.

Caveat: Yes, we've had some snow and colder temperatures, but that doesn't mean waterways have frozen solid in that amount of time, or that all the snowmobile trails are open. If you aren't sure, check with your local clubs or state organization about your trip. It spoils everyone's fun if your Skidoo falls through the ice or bottoms out on a log. Be careful and have fun.

Published in Cover Story
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 21:50

And the dead shall rise The Revenant'

Film features stunning visuals, exceptional performances

Sometimes, Oscar buzz can be a bit much.

Take a movie like 'The Revenant,' for example. It seems like we've been hearing about this film's awards potential for months now. Not only is it writer/director Alejandro Inarritu's follow-up to last year's 'Birdman' last year's Best Picture winner that also snagged Inarritu a pair of trophies for Director and Original Screenplay but it stars Leonardo DiCaprio, whose desperate desire for Academy recognition has become increasingly overt.

But when you sit down to actually watch the film, none of that other stuff matters. What Inarritu and company have created in 'The Revenant' is something truly special a visually stunning, powerfully performed story of betrayal and revenge. So it turns out there's a reason that people think this movie is going to win a bunch of hardware - the reason being that it's really f---ing good.

Published in Movies
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 21:44

Farewell to The Man Who Fell To Earth

 

'Come on, it can't be real,' I thought to myself at 2:30 am on Monday. I saw the headline but it didn't make any sense. And then I found the official post on his Facebook page. The thoughts were coming all at once and none of them made sense. 'David Bowie died? That isn't possible. He just released a new album on his birthday. There must be a mistake.'

Way back when, I really thought there was a chance that Bowie came to Earth from another planet. Maybe he just went home.

Published in Music
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 21:00

Ask Todd Parker - (01-13-2016)

Dear Todd Parker,

I've been getting a lot of conflicting advice from my friends and family, so I thought I'd try an objective outsider. Even if I am pretty sure you're just going to make fun of me.

My girlfriend and I have been dating for almost four years. And I love her more as time goes by, as corny as that sounds. She's never been anything but wonderful and supportive of anything that I choose to do, and I like to think that I've been the same way.

Published in Ask Todd Parker
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