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At Fort Hood, ‘a Family in Uniform’ General just home from war is again comforting wounded
The woman, who moments earlier had been forcing a smile for the visiting general and the congressmen, burst into tears. Her brother, a young private first class, lay in a hospital bed a few feet away, one of the victims of last week’s mass shooting at Fort Hood. He was conscious but unable to talk because of a breathing tube. Lt. Gen. Mark Milley wrapped his arms around the woman and tried to console her outside the hospital room. “I’ve been in a lot of combat zones,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of wounded and injured soldiers. He’s going to be OK.”
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“In combat, you expect it. You don’t expect it back in the U.S. on this scale,” Lt. Gen. Mark Milley said of the shooting.
Milley had returned to Fort Hood late last month, after a oneyear tour of Afghanistan. Eleven days later, Spc. Ivan Lopez opened fire on troops, killing three soldiers and wounding 16 before he took his own life. As Milley visited the hospital Saturday, he was still wearing his Afghanistan combat boots. For more than a decade, Milley had been making similar vis-
On Monday, military investigators said that the rampage at Fort Hood was related to the shooter’s request for leave from the Army post. Army spokesman Chris Grey did not indicate whether Spc. Ivan Lopez was granted the leave. Authorities have said the shooting was preceded by an argument Lopez had with other soldiers in his unit. Grey said Lopez fired more than 35 shots during the eight-minute rampage. (AP)
its to hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan to check in on his wounded troops and offer words of encouragement. “Battlefield circulation” was what his staff was calling this day, which included hospital visits and a trip with two Texas congressmen to the crime scene.
In one of the hospital rooms, a young soldier sat by her bedside. Milley bent down on one knee to look at her. “How are you feeling?” he asked. She replied in a whisper. The general held her hand. “You’re going to have challenges getting the images out of your head,” he quietly told her. “You have a mom here. You have a family in uniform. Remember, you’ve got help if you need it.” Later, outside the hospital, Milley pulled aside a company commander whose 80-soldier unit had suffered two dead and three wounded in the shooting. “Make sure your soldiers get help. Get them counseling,” Milley said. “No survivor’s guilt. You’ve been in combat, so you know. It’s the same drill here.” Greg Jaffe (The Washington Post )
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The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a photography business in New Mexico that refused to take pictures of a samesex wedding ceremony. The justices left in place a New Mexico high court ruling that said Elane Photography violated a state anti-discrimination law when it refused to work for a lesbian couple who wanted pictures of their commitment ceremony. The case has recently been cited by some state leaders who have sought legislation exempting businesses from lawsuits if they refuse to serve gay people because it violates their religious beliefs. (ap)
The proportion of Americans who have no health insurance, down from 18 percent six months ago and the lowest point since 2008, according to new data from Gallup. Last week, the White House announced that more than 7 million Americans had signed up for coverage under “Obamacare.” (The Washington Post )
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Train Crash Report Issued A preliminary report on last month’s Chicago train crash — released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday — says a sensor for an automatic braking system was too close to the end of the track to prevent a crash at O’Hare International Airport. The train operator admitted she had dozed off before the crash; she was fired last week. (ap)
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Late Flights Up, Complaints Down Best and Worst Virgin America topped the ratings, and three regional airlines — American Eagle, an affiliate of American Airlines, and SkyWest and ExpressJet, which operate flights for United and Delta — scored at the bottom. Among the four biggest airlines, Delta ranked best followed by Southwest, American and United.
Best: Southwest Airlines Worst: Frontier Consumer complaints to the government dropped 15 percent in 2013 after rising 20 percent the year before. The report credited the drop in complaints partly to United Airlines, which suffered several computer-network outages and grounded hundreds of flights in 2012 when it merged with Continental and combined computer networks but “got their act together” in 2013.
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More Unrest in Eastern Ukraine As in Crimea, some in Donetsk demand secession referendum
Pro-Russian activists barricaded inside a government building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk proclaimed the region independent Monday and called for a referendum on seceding from Ukraine — an ominous echo of the events that led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The activists who proclaimed the Donetsk People’s Republic called for the referendum on the secession of the Donetsk region, which borders Russia, to be held no later than May 11, according to the Russian news agency Interfax. They also blocked off the entrance to the government building they were occupying with 6-foot barricades of car
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In Washington, the U.S. said any move by Russia into eastern Ukraine would be a “very serious escalation” that could bring further sanctions. White House spokesman Jay Carney said there was strong evidence that some of the pro-Russian protesters in Ukraine were paid. At the same time, the U.S. announced that Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with top diplomats from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union in a new push to ease tensions. The meeting will take place in the next 10 days, the State Department said. (AP)
Priest Killed in Syria Francis Van Der Lugt, a beloved, elderly Dutch priest who made headlines this year with a desperate plea for aid for civilVan Der Lugt ians trapped in the besieged Syrian city of Homs was assassinated Monday by a masked gunman who shot him at his monastery, the latest attack targeting Christian clergymen in the country’s civil war. (AP) KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
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An Australian ship detected two distinct, long-lasting sounds underwater that are consistent with the pings from aircraft black boxes in a major break in the monthlong hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the search coordinator said Monday. Navy specialists were urgently trying to pick up the signal again so they can triangulate its position and go to the next step of sending an unmanned miniature submarine into the depths to try to identify plane wreckage. Little time is left to locate the devices, which have beacons that emit “pings” so they can be more easily found. The beacons’ batteries last only about a month — and today marks exactly one month since the plane disappeared during a ﬂight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing with 239 people on board.
Previous Dead Ends The pings heard by an Australian ship aren’t the first lead in the hunt for Flight 370. Here are a few that haven’t panned out.
A cluster of objects at least six feet in size was spotted on March 30. It turned out to be fishing equipment. China released satellite imagery on March 12 showing possible debris northeast of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian authorities later said China told them the images were released by mistake. The FBI investigated after it emerged that files had been deleted from a flight simulator belonging to the pilot, but nothing sinister was found. (AP/ THE WASHINGTON POST )
Conﬁrmation that the signals picked up by the Australian navy ship Ocean Shield belong to Flight 370’s black boxes could take days, but the discovery offers “a most promising lead” yet, said Angus Houston, the head of a joint agency coordinating the multination-
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His voice shaking, Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand Monday for the ﬁrst time, testifying that he was trying to protect the girlfriend he killed and that he became so tormented by memories of the fatal shooting and panic attacks that he once hid helplessly in a closet. Pistorius offered an apology to the family of Reeva Steenkamp, who died after he shot her through a closed toilet door last year in his home. He said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. Prosecutors say he killed her after an argument. “There hasn’t been a moment since this tragedy happened that I haven’t thought about your family,” Pistorius said. (AP)
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Meanwhile … The proposed bill also makes permanent emergency measures passed last year that require services such as uberX, Lyft and Sidecar to perform background checks on drivers, obtain commercial insurance for drivers and adhere to zero-tolerance policies for drugs and alcohol. The D.C. Taxicab Commission is also exploring how to regulate such services and is expected to take up a similar proposal Wednesday, which will consider rules that would limit drivers for ridesharing services to 20 hours a week unless the driver has a taxi license. (T WP)
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charge a standard rate — $3.25 to start and then $2.16 per mile. They are only allowed to increase pricing in certain circumstances, such as snow emergencies. Grosso said the legislation strikes a balance between allowing new ride services — where indi-
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Council, Gray Spar Over Budget Battle could define a lame-duck year for the outgoing mayor Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s final spending plan could force steep budget cuts after he leaves office, D.C. Council members warned Monday, marking a tense start to a budget battle likely to set the tone for the remainder of Gray’s term. Gray, who was ousted last week in the city’s Democratic primary, was challenged by nearly every member of the council about his plan to use more than $100 million of a tax
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Man in Video Cooperating In Case of Missing Girl D.C. police say they’ve identified a man in a video released last week and that he’s cooperating with the investigation of missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd. Police said Monday they’ve interviewed the man but they have no new information about Relisha’s whereabouts. (AP)
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This story is adapted from Brigid Schulte’s book “Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time.” Schulte is a writer for The Washington Post. One man says he works 72 hours a week because everyone else at his ofﬁce does; he’s thinking about cutting back on sleep so he can be more productive. A woman says the last time she had a moment for herself was when she went for her annual mammogram. Another says she has decided that life is too hectic to have kids — ever. Then a woman bursts in, apologizing for being late to this focus group convened precisely to discuss the fast pace of modern life. She got stuck in trafﬁc, she explains. This is not New York, Washington, Los Angeles or another frenetic, Type A city. It’s Fargo, N.D. “Life is stressful in Fargo,” Ann Burnett, a researcher who convened the focus group, said. “People are going nuts.’’ Somewhere around the end of the 20th century, busyness became not just a way of life but a badge of honor. And life, sociologists say, became an exhausting everydayathon. People now tell pollsters that they’re too busy to register to vote, too busy to date, to make friends outside the ofﬁce, to take a vacation, to sleep, to have sex. People compete over being busy; it’s about showing status. “If you’re busy, you’re important. You’re leading a full and worthy life,” Burnett says. Keeping up with the Joneses used to be about money, cars and homes. Now, she explains, “if you’re not as busy as the Joneses, you’d better get cracking.” Even as neuroscience is beginning
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to show that at our most idle, our brains are most open to creativity — and history proves that great works of art, philosophy and invention were created during leisure time — we resist taking time off. Psychologists treat burnedout clients who can’t shake the notion that the busier you are, the faster you work, and the more you multitask, the more you are considered competent, smart, successful. It’s the Protestant work ethic in overdrive. In the Middle Ages, this kind of frenzy — called acedia, the opposite of sloth — was one of Catholicism’s seven deadly sins. But today, busyness is seen as so valuable that peo-
ple are actually happier when they’re busy, says Christopher Hsee, a psychologist and professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago. “If people remain idle, they are miserable,” he wrote in Psychological Science in 2010. “If idle people become busy, they will be happier.”
Then and Now Life in the early 21st century wasn’t supposed to be so hectic. In a 1930 essay, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted a 15-hour workweek by 2030, when we’d all have time to enjoy “the hour and the day virtuously and well.” During the 1950s, the post-World
Ann Burnett, a communications professor at North Dakota State University, has studied a trove of holiday letters she’s collected stretching back to the 1960s that serves as an archive of the rise of American busyness. She says that words and phrases that began surfacing in the 1970s and 1980s — “hectic,” “whirlwind,” “consumed,” “crazy,” “constantly on the run” and “way too fast” — now appear with astonishing frequency. (T WP)
War II boom in productivity, along with rising incomes and standards of living, led economists and politicians to predict that by 1990, Americans would work 22 hours a week, six months a year, and retire before age 40. While accepting the Republican Party’s nomination for president in 1956, Dwight D. Eisenhower envisioned a world where “leisure … will be abundant, so that all can develop the life of the spirit, of reﬂection, of religion, of the arts, of the full realization of the good things of the world.” Leisure for all was exactly what the labor movement had been pursuing for more than a century. As late as 1923, the steel industry required 12-hour shifts, seven days a week. Finally, it seemed, workers were about to savor shorter workweeks. So, what happened? First: Life got more expensive, and wages failed to keep up. (College tuition alone jumped 1,120 percent from 1978 to 2012.) Until 1975, wages made up 50 percent of GDP; in 2012, they were 43.5 percent. Second: Jobs have become less mechanical and work more creative. New York University sociologist Dalton Conley argues that today’s knowledge-economy professions in art, technology, engineering and academics are similar to the pursuits of the mind that the ancient Greek philosophers envisioned as leisure. So, some of us work a lot because we enjoy it. “Work has become central in our lives, answering the religious questions of ‘Who are you?’ and ‘How do you ﬁnd meaning and purpose in your life?’ ” Ben Hunnicutt, one of the few leisure scholars in America, said. “Leisure has been trivialized — something only silly girls want, to have time to shop and gossip.” There’s another, deeper reason why we stay busy: People who have stepped off the hamster wheel long enough to savor everyday moments usually realize that their time on Earth is limited. If we never take a moment to stop and think, we don’t have to face that hard truth. BRIGID SCHULTE (THE WASHINGTON POST)
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First-year coach Jay Gruden and the Redskins began voluntary workouts Monday. Washington hired Gruden in January to replace Mike Shanahan.
Gruden’s First Glimpse Redskins coach Jay Gruden finally gets a first look at his new team. No more just watching them on videotape. Here are the real people he has studied since he was hired to replace coach Mike Shanahan three months ago. Hopefully, seeing these guys in person is a good thing. The offseason ended Monday when “voluntary” workouts began at Redskins Park. Coaches can talk football with players for two weeks before they head to the field. OrgaBy Rick nized team activSnider ities follow next month with minicamps afterward. Basically, there’ll be something happening through midJune, when the team breaks one month before the start of training camp in late July. Gruden is hoping the horror ﬁlms known as the 2013 game tapes were misleading. He hopes
the 3-13 team he inherited needs reviving more than rebuilding after last year’s suffocating ﬁnish under Shanahan. The Redskins did well in free agency. Snagging receiver DeSean Jackson from Philadelphia was a steal that might restore balance in the NFC East. Regaining Ryan Clark at safety remedies one of the biggest mistakes of the Dan Snyder era, when Washington let Clark go in 2006 to instead sign Adam Archuleta. Clark ﬁlls a secondary void, though Washington still may need more help at safety. Mostly, Gruden can get a feel on the new lineup before the NFL draft starts May 8. The
Redskins need to know where to spend their second-round choice. Is it a right tackle that could ﬁt on a revamped line with newly acquired left guard Shawn Lauvao and Kory Lichtensteiger moving to center? Do they need another safety or inside linebacker instead? But like everything else at Redskins Park, it’s really about watching quarterback Robert Grifﬁn III. The brace is off, and the knee is healed. He’ll have a full offseason of workouts after spending last year rehabbing. The next two months are critical in his push to return to 2012-rookie-of-the-year form. The Redskins are going nowhere without a productive
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Grifﬁn. How quickly Gruden and Grifﬁn mesh under this offensive system is critical. Gruden must learn what to keep and what to toss from the playbook over the next two months. After all his dueling with Shanahan, Grifﬁn will unquestionably say how much he loves the new system and coach, but he has to mean it. Grifﬁn must be honest with himself and Gruden about his real strengths and weaknesses. With the addition of Jackson, Washington looks like an 8-8 team. Who knows, maybe they can steal another game and make the playoffs? They could also ﬁnish 6-10. Gruden needs to spot weaknesses in the coming weeks and address them with the draft. The time to build a winner is now. Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter @Snide_Remarks
A Perfect Title Game Matchup Women’s Basketball After a season-long buildup, the women’s NCAA tournament will be decided by the perfect championship game. This season’s undefeated titans will meet today (8:30 p.m., ESPN) in a historic championship game when UConn plays Notre Dame. It will mark the ﬁrst time in NCAA basketball history that unbeaten teams will play for a title. “It is pretty amazing,” Irish coach Muffet McGraw said after her team beat Maryland 87-61. “So many of the media and fans have been looking at this all season long.” The former Big East rivals didn’t play during the regular season for the ﬁrst time since 1995 as Notre Dame moved to the ACC. The Irish (37-0) are one of the rare teams that has had success against the Huskies, winning seven of the past nine meetings. The Huskies (39-0) won the last one though, topping Notre Dame in the Final Four last season en route to the school’s eighth national title. DOUG FEINBERG (AP)
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Barring a series of miraculous events, the Capitals are going to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Washington has made six consecutive postseason appearances, tied for the fourth-longest active streak in the league entering this season. But the Capitals could be eliminated from playoff contention as early as today. A regulation loss to the Blues combined with a Blue Jackets victory against the Coyotes and at least one point for the Red Wings against the Sabres would mathematically eliminate the Capitals. “It’s hard not to feel kind of weird,” defenseman Karl Alzner said of the Capitals’ current predicament. “The years I’ve been here, we’re used to making the playoffs, used to having a team that’s been able to compete. We haven’t been nearly good enough this year.” Two weeks ago, Washington’s playoff chances were buoyed by an impressive 2-0-1 road trip through
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Breaking the sound barrier took years of training for daredevil Felix Baumgartner It doesn’t matter how many times people watch the video clip of Felix Baumgartner jumping from a height of 128,000 feet and plummeting back to Earth faster than the speed of sound. The moment he steps into the air, a physiological response kicks in: Muscles tense, hearts beat faster, breathing changes. “They still get sweaty hands,” Baumgartner, 44, says with a smirk. “But I survived.” More than 8 million people worldwide watched the Austrian skydiver complete his historic feat live on Oct. 14, 2012. And it’s now being shown on repeat at the National Air and Space Museum’s new exhibit “Red Bull Stratos: Mission to the Edge of Space.” What visitors will learn is that every drop of their perspiration can’t equal what went into the
For his historic 2012 jump, Felix Baumgartner went about 24 miles above the Earth in this capsule now on display at the National Air and Space Museum.
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Despite Baumgartner’s daredevil résumé and muscular physique, he wasn’t a natural for the challenge. “I’m a sprinter,” Baumgartner says. “I like short distances, and going 100 percent. I want to be able to see the end.” This jump was the equivalent of an ultramarathon. For ﬁve years, Baumgartner was completely immersed in preparation, which required studying, traveling, los-
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When author JJ Smith developed her latest nutrition plan, she hoped it would have fast results. But even she wasn’t expecting to lose 200,000 pounds in three months. That’s an average of 10 pounds for each of the estimated 20,000 people — and counting — who’ve completed the program in her book, “10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse” ($17). And based on the positive feedback that ﬂoods her Facebook group, her number could be accurate. Smith, 44, who lives in Arlington, Va., designed the cleanse for herself as a way to detox after mercur y poisoning in 2013. Because Smith didn’t want to embark on the regimen alone, she contacted friends and family to see if anyone else was interested. One hundred of them said yes. That was just this past January. After seeing successful results, she quickly wrote a paperback about it. As of Monday, the book was the No. 2 bestseller on Amazon.com. Smith didn’t invent green smoothies, so what makes her plan special? The choices, she says. Readers can do the full cleanse, which is three smoothies a day, plus highprotein snacks (hard-boiled eggs, nuts) and unlimited crunchy vegetables. Or, they can do a modiﬁed version, with two smoothies a day, snacks and a meal (salad, veggies and chicken or fish). No matter which they pick, they won’t starve. “In one drink, there are more nutrients than a lot of people get in a week,” says Smith, noting that the high ﬁber content works wonders on a digestive tract. Because it can be tough to make such a big change, Smith recommends starting on a Friday: “As
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Major League Lifestyle Shift Nationals color analyst F.P. Santangelo wants to share his fitness epiphany with fans
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for all comers of all ﬁtness levels. “I just ﬁgure it’d be another way to bring the Nats community together, and also to reach out and help people feel as good as I’m feeling about ﬁtness and exercise,” he said. When Santangelo wakes up in the morning, he heads to the fridge and throws ingredients such as kale, spinach, cucumbers, celery, carrots, apples, lemon, cilantro and ginger into his juicer. And even with six months of ballparks and hotel rooms and press boxes in his future, Santangelo has no worries about being tempted by pizza and fries. Santangelo used to make fun of people who focused this much on their health. “Now, I’m addicted to it,” he said. D A N S T E I N B E R G (THE WASHINGTON POST )
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Mickey Rooney, left, was married to film star Ava Gardner for one year.
Mickey Rooney Dies at 93
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Obituary Mickey Rooney’s approach to life was simple: “Let’s put on a show!” He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life. Rooney died Sunday at age 93 surrounded by family in his North Hollywood home, police said. A superstar in his youth, Rooney was Hollywood’s top box-office draw in the late 1930s to early 1940s. He followed his stints as the vexing but wholesome Andy Hardy and as Judy Garland’s musical comrade in arms with roles in “National Velvet” and “The Bold and the Brave.” Over a four-decade span, he was nominated for four Academy Awards, and received two special Oscars for ﬁlm achievements, won an Emmy for his TV movie “Bill” and had a Tony nomination for his Broadway smash “Sugar Babies.” Rooney married eight times, including once to Ava Gardner, and had nine children. He was shooting a movie at the time of his death, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” ANTHONY McCARTNEY (AP)
TOP: TRUE DETECTIVE (HBO), BOTTOM: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (NETFLIX)
The fast-forward button is right there. At multiple points during a hard-core TV binge-watch — at least the kind that involves a DVR or streaming video — the binger has the option to scoot past the opening titles and immediately continue consuming episodes. Yet increasingly, especially on cable and emerging programming platforms such as Netﬂix, opening sequences are becoming clever, visionary and cinematic in scope. What makes the story in an opening title sequence so captivating that we can’t bring ourselves to fast-forward through it, even when we’ve got the producers’ names memorized? Let’s look at four of the most crucial elements in great title sequences and how they work to memorable, unskippable effect in some of today’s best intros, as explained by the people who brought them to life. JEN CHANEY (THE WASHINGTON POST )
TOP: GAME OF THRONES (HBO), BOTTOM: MAD MEN (AMC)
Plotting the Narrative Road Map A strong title sequence tells viewers where the narrative is about to take them — sometimes literally, as in the sequence that opens HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” The weekly journey through the story’s terrain is a nod to the maps that appear in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books on which the show is based. “We were trying to orient the viewer to what’s going on location-wise,” says Jennifer Sofio Hall, executive producer at Elastic, the studio behind the sequence. The locations on that map vary depending on where an episode’s plot plans to take the viewer, turning the titles into a weekly sneak preview.
Avoiding Title Tropes Increasingly, the creators of title sequences rely on unfamiliar im-
agery to anchor their work. For Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” the Thomas Cobb Group created a sequence that features tightly framed shots of the wide smiles and haunted eyes that belong to women who actually served time. The sequence’s director, founder Thomas Cobb, gave the women three directives: Think of a peaceful place, think of a person who makes you laugh, and think of something you want to forget. “It was a very intense day,” Cobb says.
The Power of an Unforgettable Song “Far From Any Road” — the track by alt-country duo the Handsome Family that accompanies the title of HBO’s “True Detective” — is a song that seeps into your molecules. Elastic paired it with haunting imagery: a 3-D-projected blend of stars
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson with shots of Louisiana country and strippers’ backsides. It earned the top honor for excellence in title design at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival.
Iconic Imagery As Imaginary Forces managing partner and creative director Peter Frankfurt explains, AMC’s “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner envisioned an opening with a live-action Don Draper, who travels to his office only to jump out the window. Frankfurt’s team turned that idea into a motion graphic sequence. The result — a sequence of a silhouette free-falling past vintage ads — became the indelible mark of “Mad Men.” “You never set out to make something iconic,” Frankfurt says. “A lot of what makes something iconic is repetition.”
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Album Review Of all contemporary country singers, Martina McBride seems the most well-suited to interpret classic soul tunes. The four-time Country Music Association female vocalist of the year has shown repeatedly that she can find the depth in emotionally complex material. Still, on her new album, “Everlasting,” McBride begs comparison with such giants as Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke by taking on
their most potent performances and material. Working with producer Don Was, who brings an understated R&B pulse to the songs, McBride leans on vulnerability and purity of tone rather than the growling, rapturous release of the originals. McBride presents severa l impressive performances, turning Little Walter’s “My Babe” into a funky, sexy love song and Fred Neil’s “Little Bit of Rain” into a tender treatise on separation that lightens the dark tones of versions by Linda Ronstadt and Karen Dalton. Her honey voice works well with others, too, as she proves on duets with Gavin DeGraw (on “Bring It Home to Me”) and Kelly Clarkson
Martina McBride makes soul standards sound contemporary on “Everlasting.”
(on “In the Basement.”) That said, these takes lack the ﬁerceness of Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” or the ecstatic joy of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night” and Diana Ross on The Supremes’ “Come See About Me.” McBride offers up pleasantly listenable versions of baby boomer standards on “Everlasting,” an album that will please her fans and spice up her concerts but won’t replace any of the originals on the mixtapes of R&B fans. MICHAEL MCCALL (AP)
MATT SAYLES (AP)
Martina McBride has plenty of soul in her take on R&B classics
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Proving Old Music Is ‘Everlasting’ Geldof Found Dead Peaches Geldof, the model and television presenter who was the daughter of musician Bob Geldof, has died at age 25. Peaches was active in the fashion world, a frequent attendee at fashion shows. She was twice married and leaves behind two sons. “My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons Astala and Phaedra, and I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts every day,” said her husband, musician Tom Cohen in a statement. (AP)
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of Washington Post pop culture editor David Malitz, tweets for the saddened masses Monday, the day after one of the most beloved WWE stars ended his undefeated streak at Wrestlemania 30. The Undertaker, who had previously won all 21 of his Wrestlemania matches over the past two-plus decades, succumbed to former mixed martial artist Brock Lesnar.
“Once we’re all just considered losers, that’s when we’ll have true equality.” — COMMENTER BJDANIELS AT GAWKER.COM offers some wisdom
after a letter to the editor of the Des Moines Register went viral Monday. “It’s been ﬁve years of same-sex marriage in Iowa. As a never-married male over the age of 40, everyone thought I was gay. Now I’m just a loser. What a relief!” the letter from Des Moines resident Jim Zeller says.
“Anybody who thinks goats are stupid has never spent time with goats.” — COMMENTER R UBEN ANDERSON AT MODERNFARMER.COM defends
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“While I’m a huge fan of technology, sometimes I think it gets in the way of living …” — COMMENTER DEPRESSION AT B USINESSINSIDER.COM reacts to a story
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“As any fan of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade knows, Jesus would have used a simple carpenter’s cup.” —C ANDIDA MOSS AT THEDAILYBEAST .COM discredits a chalice that two
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Barbara Walters’ final appearance on “The View” is May 16, part of a daylong retirement celebration that will include a two-hour special and ABC News naming its New York headquarters after her. She will still make occasional appearances on ABC. (AP)
Kirstie Alley will once more be a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig, People magazine reported. She was last a spokeswoman seven years ago. “I was good for a while and then I wasn’t good, and the weight crept up,” Alley told People. “I need to get myself to where I feel cocky again,” Alley said. (EXPRESS)
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Prince William and the former Kate Middleton arrived in New Zealand’s capital Monday to cheers from locals who braved rainy weather to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed in Wellington along with their son, George, to kick off a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia. Prime Minister John Key greeted the couple, who also received a traditional Maori welcome. (AP)
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