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THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (2017) – My rating: 8.5/10

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The Greatest Showman is a musical drama directed by Michael Gracey in his directorial debut and written by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon. The film is inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum’s creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and the lives of its star attractions.  The greatest showman is an important addition to the film industry as well as to audiences of all walks of life, as it depicts the life and horrors of the first and most popular circus in the world, at that time, which is now gone forever.

P. T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) and his troupe perform a show at the circus (“The Greatest Show”). As the song continues, the background turns to black, with Barnum singing alone, leading to a flashback to Barnum’s childhood where he and his father Philo (Will Swenson), a tailor, work for the Hallett family, and…

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READY, PLAYER ONE (2018) – My rating: 8/10

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Ready, Player One is a  science fiction adventure film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, and written by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on Cline’s 2011 novel of the same name.  Ready Player One is half real life and half virtual reality.  It’s shows what the world could look like in the future, everyone as obsessed with virtual reality as they are with Smart Phones.  This is all shown via a movie featuring a game — not my usual film preference however, this adventure is pretty good.

In 2045, many of Earth’s population centers have become slum-like cities. To escape their desolation, people engage in the virtual reality world of the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation), where they can engage in numerous activities for work, education, and entertainment. Users have discovered Anorak’s Quest inside OASIS, a game programmed by the late OASIS creator, James Halliday (Mark Rylance)

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Ricky Rubio powers Jazz past Thunder with triple-double to take 2-1 series lead

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Ricky Rubio has been one of the NBA’s most exciting guards since he joined the league in 2011.

Unfortunately, since he’s spent the bulk of his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves, we haven’t seen Rubio in the playoffs until this season, his first with the Utah Jazz.

We like what we see.

Rubio lit up the Vivint Smart Home Arena crowd and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday to the tune of 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 115-102 Jazz win. The win gave Utah a 2-1 series lead to maintain home court advantage after stealing a game in Oklahoma City.

Rubio did most of his damage in the the first half where he tallied 19 points, six assists and six rebounds. He caught fire in the second quarter, scoring 14-of-15 Jazz points in the midst of a 22-4 Utah run that proved to be the difference in the game.

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Ricky Rubio, playing in just his third playoff game, lit up the Thunder Saturday, powering a 22-4 second-quarter run and logging a triple-double in a Jazz win.. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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https://sports.yahoo.com/ricky-rubio-powers-jazz-past-thunder-triple-double-take-2-1-series-lead-043635041.html

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Live Tornadoes!

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Friend said: Tell me that this isn’t one of the scariest things you’ve seen.  Not much of an inducement for moving to Oklahoma!  I totally agree!

National Geographic channel has paid $1 million for this daring video.
Live Tornados – When Mother Nature is Angry
  

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Oklahoma tornado chasing van

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Exclusive: ‘Everyday Guy’ Describes How He Brought Down An American Terrorist Cell

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 Three anti-Muslim domestic terrorists who plotted to blow up a Garden City apartment complex where many Somali Muslim immigrants lived were convicted on Wednesday on federal charges that could send them to prison for life. Five weeks into the trial, jurors deliberated for less than a full day before finding Kansas militiamen Patrick Stein, Curtis Allen and Gavin Wright guilty on all charges.

But it wasn’t just the trio on trial.

So too was Dan Day, the FBI informant whose hours of recordings ― which featured vile discussions of planned violence against Muslims, who the men called “cockroaches” ― were the centerpiece of the federal government’s case against a group that dubbed themselves “The Crusaders.”

Day’s testimony was at the center of the trial. Federal prosecutors would not have had a case without him. Defense attorneys said the plot would never have moved forward were it not for Day pushing the group to action.

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Without Dan Day, there would have been no case against the men who plotted to bomb Somali Muslim immigrants in Kansas.

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Without Dan Day, there would have been no case against the men who plotted to bomb Somali Muslim immigrants in Kansas.

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https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/right-wing-terrorism-dan-day-fbi-informant_us_5ad80fa7e4b03c426dab314c

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No, Hours of Raging, Deadly Prison Violence Is Not Normal.

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The violence that left seven inmates dead and a score more injured in a South Carolina prison this week was inevitable, Henry McMaster, the state’s Republican governor, suggested Monday. “It’s not a surprise when we have violent events take place inside the prison, any prison in the country,” he said.

In fact, a night of unchecked prison violence that ends in more than a half-dozen deaths is extremely unusual. States have a responsibility to protect inmates and prison staff—and well-funded, properly staffed prisons can and do prevent widespread inmate violence or stop it swiftly when it occurs, prison experts say.

Lee Correctional Institution, the high-security prison where inmate fights broke out on April 15, houses violent offenders with longer sentences, as well as people with behavioral issues. The incidents started around 7:15 p.m., but a large emergency response team didn’t enter the first dorm of three dorms until 11:30 p.m., officials said, and the last dorm hours later. CBS News obtained leaked video (not independently verified) that shows what McMaster apparently finds unsurprising: An eerie dystopia featuring an inmate smearing blood against a white wall and another roaming shirtless with a weapon that resembles a kitchen knife.

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A guard walks between buildings at the Lee Correctional Institution, in Bishopville, South Carolina, on April 16, 2018.

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A guard walks between buildings at the Lee Correctional Institution, in Bishopville, South Carolina, on April 16, 2018.

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https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/no-hours-of-raging-deadly-prison-violence-is-not-lee-correctional-south-carolina_us_5ada4895e4b00a1849cf2d99

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Oklahoma Wildfires Leave At Least 2 Dead, 20 Injured

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Wildfires continued to rip through western Oklahoma on Thursday, burning over 300,000 acres of land and leaving behind dozens of destroyed homes.

Flames broke out last week amid historic fire conditions, including dry weather and high winds. At least two people have been killed as a result of the fires, including a 61-year-old man who had been out hunting and a woman, who was found dead in her vehicle.

Exceptional droughts have plagued large parts of the southern plains, Todd Lindley, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, told HuffPost. Some areas of the state have gone roughly 185 days without a quarter inch of rainfall, he said.

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Lloyd Lake and his wife, Delena, lived in the same house in Martha, Oklahoma, for 21 years until a fire destroyed it on Satur

Lloyd Lake and his wife, Delena, lived in the same house in Martha, Oklahoma, for 21 years until a fire destroyed it on Saturday.

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https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/oklahoma-wildfires_us_5ad8938be4b03c426dabe513

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