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‘American Vandal’ mockumentary entertains, confounds

It's part satire, part teen-drama, but "American Vandal" spoofs "true crime" docuseries like "Making a Murderer" into a school setting---and resoundingly succeeds. The eight-episode Netflix show follows a California high school dealing with a confounding mystery: Who spray-painted a phallus on each of the 27 teachers' cars? The main suspect is the class clown, Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro), who has a history of drawing them. His pranking and vandalizing ways are no secret to his schoolmates and teachers, making him an easy scapegoat. With surveillance videos of the crime missing, two students, Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) and Sam Ecklund (Griffin Gluck) investigate, hoping ...Keep on reading: ‘American Vandal’ mockumentary entertains, confounds.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJun 24th, 2018

‘American Vandal’ mockumentary entertains, confounds

It's part satire, part teen-drama, but "American Vandal" spoofs "true crime" docuseries like "Making a Murderer" into a school setting---and resoundingly succeeds. The eight-episode Netflix show follows a California high school dealing with a confounding mystery: Who spray-painted a phallus on each of the 27 teachers' cars? The main suspect is the class clown, Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro), who has a history of drawing them. His pranking and vandalizing ways are no secret to his schoolmates and teachers, making him an easy scapegoat. With surveillance videos of the crime missing, two students, Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) and Sam Ecklund (Griffin Gluck) investigate, hoping ...Keep on reading: ‘American Vandal’ mockumentary entertains, confounds.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Filipinos make mark in under-12 baseball tournament in US

The young Filipinos, most of whom hail from Batangas, finished the week-long tournament as the second-best team out of 24, edging American and Canadian squads.........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News2 hr. 30 min. ago

Players open to expanded DH, wild card, but MLB not keen

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball players are open to extending the designated hitter to the National League and to expanding the winner-take-all wild-card playoff to a multi-game series. Management has little interest. The American League has used the DH since 1972, and there has been more discussion among fans and media of expanding it to the NL. "It's gaining momentum, I'll offer you that," players' union head Tony Clark told the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. "Players are talking more about it now than they have in the past." DHs often are high-priced sluggers, a reason players are interested in having the rule cover both leagues. "Fans like to see offense," said Boston's J.D. Martinez, who has DHed in 54 of his 92 games this year. Not all players agree. "I lightly lean toward no, just because I'm used to the National League style of play," Cincinnati's Joey Votto said. "I find that the American League is a little more basic and the games are longer. That doesn't excite me. On the other side, I guess I do like the idea of the occasional break and getting to DH." Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said change was unlikely. "I could have made a deal with the MLBPA on extending the DH to the National League," he said. "I think the most likely outcome at this point remains the status quo." MLB began one-game wild-card playoffs in each league in 2012, when the postseason field was expanded from eight to 10. There has been renewed scrutiny of the format because of the AL East race. Boston is 68-30 and on pace for 112 wins, and the New York Yankees are at 62-33, which projects to 105 wins. "Having series is always better ... for a player in a lot of ways than a one-game playoff," Clark said. He said complications include a schedule that can stretch from late March until early November and division winners not wanting to have three or four off days before the playoffs. Manfred said this year's AL East race is proof of the current format's success. "Under the old system the Yankees and the Red Sox wouldn't care who won the American League East," he said. "In contrast, under the new system we are all going to be treated to a pennant race that goes all the way through the end of September and they're going to be trying to win every single game to avoid that one-game wild card." He maintained that if the same circumstances occurred in the NL Central, if it were "the Brewers and the Reds that might be winning 100 games, that the uproar would probably be a little less." In an era when most calls are subject to video review, Clark said it was not yet clear whether computers could replace umpires in calling balls and strikes. "Electronic strike zones have been bantered about quite a bit," he said. "The discussions that we've had so far suggest that as much as we want that consistency, we also respect and appreciate the umpires and the human element of the game as well. I don't know where we're going to end up at this point. We have a lot more conversations to have with players." ___ AP freelance writer Ben Standig contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News6 hr. 17 min. ago

Trump backs down under fire, clarifies on Russia meddling

Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump strained Tuesday to "clarify" his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News8 hr. 44 min. ago

Trump backs down under fire, clarifies on Russia meddling

Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump strained Tuesday to "clarify" his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News8 hr. 44 min. ago

Model breastfeeds baby on catwalk — stirs debate

MIAMI, United States -- An American model has made a splash by breastfeeding her baby daughter on a Miami catwalk -- no small gesture in a country where many women still feel uncomfortable nursing in public. Walking the runway at a Sports Illustrated swimsuit show on Sunday, Mara Martin stepped out in a sparkling gold bikini while breastfeeding five-month-old Aria, kitted out for the occasion in green swimwear and noise-canceling headphones. In an Instagram post a day later, Martin expressed thanks for the overwhelmingly positive public response -- which far outweighed the smattering of posts on her social media feed criticizing the move as "not appropriate" or ev...Keep on reading: Model breastfeeds baby on catwalk — stirs debate.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News10 hr. 5 min. ago

Teens glued to phones risk ‘modest’ rise in ADHD symptoms – study

TAMPA, United States -- Could teenagers suffer symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder after engaging in excessive smartphone use? A new study out Tuesday says digital overload could be linked to a "modest" but significant rise in new ADHD behaviors, offering a warning to parents about the potential dangers of too much screen time. The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association were based on nearly 2,600 Los Angeles teens who answered survey questions over a two-year period -- making it one of the largest and longest studies on the topic to date. The more social media, streaming video, text messaging, music downloads or online chats they engag...Keep on reading: Teens glued to phones risk ‘modest’ rise in ADHD symptoms – study.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News10 hr. 5 min. ago

US challenges China, EU and others at WTO over steel tariffs

The Trump administration on Monday brought cases against China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico and Turkey at the World Trade Organization for retaliating against American tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Source link link: US challenges China, EU and others at WTO over steel tariffs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

US arrests, accuses woman of acting as Russian agent

A 29-year-old gun-rights activist served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations and working to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin, federal prosecutors charged Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

After 8 years, Filipino family in Dubai with no money, legal documents hopes for UAE amnesty

A Filipino single mother of two is banking on the United Arab Emirates' amnesty program which allows visa violators to rectify their status or return home with no fines. Michelle, 46, has lived in Dubai for 23 years, with poor decisions and misfortune leaving her family trapped as illegal residents in the country, reports Khaleej Times. When she arrived in 1995, she worked at an American fast food company for six years then moved to an advertising firm as a secretary. Organizing visa and travel documents of the firm's staff led her to form her own agency in 2006. Off to a good start, Michelle's fortune dried up when clients whose tourist visas she sponsored stayed past the visa e...Keep on reading: After 8 years, Filipino family in Dubai with no money, legal documents hopes for UAE amnesty.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Top 10 burgers joints in US serve donut buns, peanut butter topping

A local burger shack in Chapel Hill, North Carolina has been named the best burger joint in the United States, for its all-natural, hormone and antibiotic-free beef and variety of topping possibilities and its rosemary fries. Topping TripAdvisor's list of top 10 burger restaurants in the U.S. is Al's Burger Shack, a local institution not far from the University of North Carolina. The list spans addresses across the country and includes options for burger purists --- American cheese, chopped onion and ketchup --- as well as novelty offerings like glazed donut buns and peanut butter and fried egg toppings. Over at Al's Burger Shake, the Bobo Chili Cheeseburger topped with chil...Keep on reading: Top 10 burgers joints in US serve donut buns, peanut butter topping.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Tom Petty box set coming in September

Tom Petty died in October 2017. Image: AFP/Timothy A. Clary A 60-track box set of music, including previously unreleased material by the late American singer, is due out Sept. 28, Billboard.com rep.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

‘The Walking Dead’ AR game released for Android, iOS

"The Walking Dead: Our World", the augmented-reality (AR) mobile game by Next Games based on the American post-apocalyptic horror television series of the same name, is now available for Android and iOs users. The rollout for iOS and Android was reported byVariety last Thursday, July 12. Borrowing the characters from AMC's adaptation of the zombie comics by Robert Kirkman, "The Walking Dead: Our World" is a game about survival in a zombie-infested world. Clayton Neuman, vice president for games and entertainment applications at AMC Network, acknowledged "Pokmon Go's" contribution on the AR games. "But our goal wasn't to make 'Pokemon Go' with zombies.Augmented realityand locatio...Keep on reading: ‘The Walking Dead’ AR game released for Android, iOS.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Russian meddling in US midterms? More fear than proof so far

PETERSBURG, Russia --- The sponsors of the Russian "troll factory" that meddled in the 2016 US presidential campaign have launched a new American website ahead of the US midterm election in November. A Russian oligarch has links to Maryland's election services. Russian bots and trolls are deploying increasingly sophisticated, targeted tools. And a new indictment suggests the Kremlin itself was behind previous hacking efforts in support of Donald Trump. As the US leader prepares to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, many Americans are wondering: Is the Kremlin trying yet again to derail a US election? So far, at least, it seems not so much. Most o...Keep on reading: Russian meddling in US midterms? More fear than proof so far.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

UK’s Theresa May: Trump told me to ‘sue the EU’ over Brexit

LONDON --- Donald Trump advised British Prime Minister Theresa May to "sue" the European Union in the tense negotiations over Britain's exit from the bloc, May said Sunday. The American president told reporters Friday at a joint press conference with May that he had given the British leader a suggestion that she found too "brutal." Asked Sunday on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show what that suggestion was, May said with an amused expression: "He told me I should sue the EU. Not go into negotiation, sue them." She added: "What the president also said at that press conference was 'Don't walk away. Don't walk away from the negotiations. Then you're stuck.'" Trump's first official visit ...Keep on reading: UK’s Theresa May: Trump told me to ‘sue the EU’ over Brexit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Mike Bryan wins Wimbledon for 17th Slam, 1st without brother

By HOWARD FENDRICH ,  AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — Mike Bryan found himself a suitable backup partner for Wimbledon and the result was a record-tying 17th Grand Slam men's doubles title — and his first without his twin brother. Bryan teamed with Jack Sock for only their second tournament together, and the American duo edged Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 on Saturday night in the final at Centre Court. The 40-year-old Bryan is the oldest man in the Open era to win the doubles title at the All England Club. He won his first 16 major championships, which included three others at Wimbledon, with his twin, Bob, who is sidelined right now because of a hip injury. "I want to dedicate this title to him, because I'm sure he's watching on TV," Bryan said in an interview with the BBC after the victory, mentioning that their grandfather passed away recently. Sock also mentioned Bob in his post-match remarks, saying: "The tour misses him. He's a legend and icon in tennis. I'm just filling in here for one of the greatest of all time." This is Sock's second Wimbledon title. He paired with Vasek Pospisil to defeat the Bryans in the 2014 final. "There was one guy I was going to play doubles with in this tournament, and it would be Mike Bryan, half of the greatest doubles team," Sock said. The final lasted 3½ hours and began with the retractable roof open, then ended with it shut for the last set. When Klaasen and Venus — who were trying to win their first Grand Slam title — held a set point in the fourth, Bryan was called for a foot fault on a second serve. That meant he double-faulted, giving the set away and forcing a fifth. There were about 20 minutes of daylight left, and Sock said: "I'm good to call it for the night. I can't see." The decision was made to close the dome and turn on the artificial lights, so the match could continue until its conclusion. The key break came with Klaasen serving at 5-all, when he pushed a volley long after Sock sent a big forehand right at him. Bryan then served out the victory. John Newcombe is the only other man in tennis history with 17 Grand Slam doubles trophies. The most he won with one partner was 12, though. The Bryans' 16 as a pair is a record. They had played doubles with each other in a record 76 consecutive major tournaments until Bob missed the French Open in May. Mike entered Roland Garros with Sam Querrey, and they lost in the first round. Mike then played at a grass-court tuneup with Sock last month, their only event before Wimbledon. "It feels like we're getting better every match," Mike said. "We're starting to jell. If Bob can't come back, we'll play this summer.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Pinays threaten in Symetra Tour

Clariss Guce fired a four-under 67 while Mia Piccio shot a second 68 as they moved two shots off American Stephanie Kono after two rounds of the Donald Ross Classic at the French Lick Resort Golf and Country Club in Indiana Friday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Sabrina the teenage wish

There's one name that's been thrown around so often when you ask the rising artists of the pop music scene who they want to collaborate with. It's Sabrina Carpenter.   The 19-year-old Disney star and American singer announced a new era for her music career with the release of "Almost Love," a tenaciously feisty and catchy bop about almost lovers taking it frustratingly slow. "It's falling for someone and knowing that you're inches away from love. It either has a happy ending, or no ending at all," Sabrina tells Super. "It was very easy to write because in these young years of our lives they always say you lose people along the way, sometimes for no reason other than they w...Keep on reading: Sabrina the teenage wish.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

'BabaeAko movement finds new supporter in Rosario Dawson

MANILA, Philippines – #BabaeAko, the movement against the sexist behavior of President Rodrigo Duterte, has a new supporter: Rosario Dawson. Rosario is an American actress who has appeared in various films and television shows such as Seven Pounds, Rent, and Jane the Virgin. She currently plays Claire Temple in Netflix's Marvel ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Online reality show hopes to train the next Filipino K-pop idol

MANILA, Philippines – For years, the Korean pop industry has been open to foreigners: there's 2PM's Nichkhun (Thai-American), BLACKPINK's Lisa (Thai), EXO's Lay (Chinese), TWICE's Momo, Sana, and Mina (Japanese) – the list goes on. More recently, Filipino-American Kriesha Chu debuted as a solo artist after participating in South ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018