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What perfect weather we\u2019ve been having lately. It\u2019s just the right temperature, it\u2019s mostly sunny, there has been a little rain in between times, and it\u2019s not humid. I call that a win. This is the kind of summer weather that I remember from back home in Canada. Even after nearly 20 years, Iowa summers still make me wilt.

Things on the farm have been a little more calm lately, which also is a nice change. We are in between hay cuttings, the crops are planted and growing, and the equipment is generally ready to go. This has allowed for a little more time to relax or to spend time on other things. I say a little, because we always seem to be too busy, no matter what season of the year it is!

Recently, the last of the hogs went to market, so there was the flurry of activity to get the last pigs out of the barn, the barn disinfected and cleaned, repairs done. The new baby pigs have already started to arrive. Never a dull moment. You see, once the last of the big pigs was loaded onto the semi, Robb had to turn on the sprinklers in the barn to soak everything down. After a few hours (or overnight), the dried on dirt and manure softens so that it can be pressure washed off.

We hire someone to do the pressure washing now \u2013 it used to be Robb\u2019s job. Instead, the cleaners come in with their pressure washers and disinfectant soap, and clean every square inch of the building, feeders and waterers. Then a disinfectant is applied to be sure that there are no remaining bacteria or viruses which could cause illness in the new baby pigs. Finally, repairs can be made to the concrete where it has worn, the gates, or the curtain panels on the sides of the buildings. This time, the new baby pigs arrived almost before the repairs were done, but at least we didn\u2019t get a barn full at once so Robb could finish his repairs in the empty parts of the barn.

The boys got in on the unloading of the new pigs. They really enjoy that job. These pigs are small enough that my youngest can help. He\u2019s too small to help with the loading of the big pigs yet, though I know his time will come soon!

We also spent some time sorting out cow-calf pairs to move to unused pastures, as the grass in our main pastures is starting to get grazed down. These sorting days are generally fun, as they involve some nice riding and are not generally too stressful. The hardest part about sorting pairs is figuring out if you have a matched cow and calf. It involves watching carefully to see which calf is nursing off which cow, or reading ear tag numbers at a distance to see if they match. Then we can move the sorted pairs to the corral, and haul them to the new pasture. Each pasture can handle a certain number of pairs for the season, though this does depend a little on the weather too, to make the grass grow.

This time around, my youngest was the big-time cowboy. He had his horse Spot riding all over the place, chasing pairs down the hill away from the main herd and helping with the sorting. That kid has no fear, and appears to be a bit of a natural in the saddle. It was fun to watch him. He generally has a big grin on his face because he\u2019s having so much fun chasing cows and hollering at them from the saddle.

We wanted to mention that we will be doing our Farm Open House again this year. It will be on the Sunday of Bix weekend again \u2013 Sunday, July 30,\u00a0 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will once again haul out as much equipment as we can, wash and shine it all up, and put it on display for you to see and climb on. Bring the kids and grandkids. Ask questions about farming. Ride on a hayrack. Blow the air horns on the semi trucks. See the horses and cows. We\u2019d love to see you.

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(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

Dana Kornberg, University of Michigan

(THE CONVERSATION) India recently tried to reduce the use of cash in its economy by eliminating, overnight, two of its most widely used bills in what was called demonetization.

While the effort \u2013 initially explained as an attempt to curb \u201cblack money\u201d \u2013 has been a failure in many respects, it was part of an ongoing and global push toward cashlessness.

What India and other governments have failed to contend with, however, is the adverse effect such severe policies have on the poor, who seldom use banks.

India\u2019s working poor rely almost exclusively on cash, with about 97 percent of all transactions involving an exchange of rupees. With 93 percent of the country working in informal off-the-books jobs, most transactions entail personalized relationships rather than standardized forms of legal contract or corporate institutions.

My own research on the persistence of Delhi\u2019s informal recycling economy shows just how important cash is to low-income laborers.

How Delhi\u2019s informal recycling economy works

For the past few years, my work has focused on informal garbage collectors in a northwest Delhi neighborhood who collect garbage for middle-class residents across the city.

Beyond collecting trash, these workers also constitute the city\u2019s only recycling service by separating out and selling plastics, papers, metal and other valuable scrap \u2013 including human hair sold for wigs and stale bread used for cow feed. The money they earn from selling these materials is how they support their families.

While my research focus was to understand how an informal economy like this one persists when confronted with formal government-backed services, I also learned how the exchange of cash between buyers and collectors of scrap helped structure community life by creating durable social bonds that functioned like contracts.

Over 20 months from 2013 to 2015, I interviewed more than 100 garbage collectors, scrap buyers and policymakers and worked alongside collectors on their garbage collection routes, at their homes where they sort and sell the scrap, and at recycling factories.

At the site where I did the bulk of my research, around 100 scrap collectors and their families live in homes constructed from bamboo and plastic sheeting on privately owned land. These structures offer not only shelter, but also space for sorting scrap into about 10 different categories, which their families typically assist with until the scrap can be sold.

Once it\u2019s sorted into sacks, collectors hoist them onto scales, while buyers jot down the weights and multiply them by the going rate to arrive at the price tag. But, collectors usually aren\u2019t paid the total amounts on the spot. Instead, small payments are made for daily expenses, and the rest is noted down as a deposit against the regular advances given to collectors.

In other words, buyers act almost as patrons who are responsible for the basic needs of their dependent laborers. The collectors, in turn, rely on their buyers for cash to meet their daily needs, as well as for larger sums to pay for weddings, medical expenses and, in some cases, to build better houses and purchase farmland back in the village.

This infuses the cash with extra meaning and also requires durable relationships and negotiations to function. Physical currency\u2019s flexibility makes it amenable to negotiation in both timing and amount \u2013 a feature that requires more personalized relationships.

Furthermore, scrap buyers themselves get credit to run their businesses in the same way, through informal channels that depend on personal relationships, rather than banks.

A 2015 report noted that just 15 percent of adults worldwide used a bank account to make or receive payments over a 12-month period.

When cash disappears

So what happens when 86 percent of a nation\u2019s currency suddenly disappears?

When I returned in December 2016, a month after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that all 500 and 1,000 rupee bills would cease to be legal tender, a scrap collector I knew relayed his experience. Just three hours before Modi\u2019s Nov. 8 announcement, Pintu had boarded a train for a 24-hour journey to his village near Calcutta. With him were 11 1,000 rupee notes that his buyer gave him as an advance just before he left. Just as he got on the train, the notes were declared worthless, and he barely managed to buy a single meal for his family along the way.

More importantly, it was very difficult for people like Pintu and even the scrap buyers to get the new 500 and 2,000 rupee bills issued to replace the eliminated notes. The chain had been damaged: With cash in short supply everywhere, scrap buyers couldn\u2019t pay the collectors, who in turn had more trouble supporting their families. Seeing how people were struggling, a buyer rhetorically asked: \u201cWhy didn\u2019t the government do more to make sure that poor people would have money?\u201d

While middle-class Indians were able to exchange their currency in banks, the unbanked poor often had to rely on informal lenders who would only exchange the old bills for new ones at predatory rates. Without savings, and with high rates of illiteracy, these laborers have little chance of joining Modi\u2019s dream of a cashless, digital economy.

Take it easy

Some have argued that a cashless society would help the poor by, for example, reducing crime and making labor practices more transparent.

The United Nations is leading an effort by more than 50 financial companies, foundations and governments, including India, to accelerate the transition from cash to digital payments specifically to \u201creduce poverty and drive inclusive growth.\u201d

There\u2019s some truth to this, and while cash exchanges can facilitate mutual care and responsibility, the downside to the patron relationship I described above is that cash can facilitate exploitative or predatory practices because of how much control moneylenders and bosses have over laborers. So it may be wise to gradually move some forms of exchange to digital transactions.

But, if such a future exists, it is still a long way off, at least in India. According to a 2014 study, just 10 percent of Indians over 15 had ever made a digital payment. And in countries where a large share of transactions are already done digitally, there\u2019s evidence that this does not serve the poor well.

With cashlessness becoming a new economic frontier, the effects of such state-led policies on cash-dependent economies must be considered seriously before they are indiscriminately introduced. My work in India leads me to believe that cash plays an important role in our modern economy, particularly among the poor, and those urging a cashless future should do so with great caution.

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here: http://theconversation.com/why-a-cashless-society-would-hurt-the-poor-a-lesson-from-india-79735.

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Among the agonies of life is to forget someone\u2019s name.

You know how it goes ...

A stranger comes up to you and says, \u201cHi, remember me?\u201d Of course you can\u2019t remember his name. You probably never knew it to begin with, but you are embarrassed and shuffle off without the slightest idea who he was. It happens to all of us, and the answer is for everyone to have their first name tattooed on their forehead when they are born.

Happy birthday to ... who?

I was once attending a\u00a0friend\u2019s birthday party, It was a nice, small affair for friends at his home. His wife produced a cake. It was time to sing that song. I was alongside Bill Parker. Both of us stood, wide open jaws. Silent. We couldn\u2019t remember the first name of the honoree when it came to the part of the song, \u201cHappy birthday to ...\"

No great first date

A good friend, about half my age, tells about a most embarrassing incident in a Bettendorf sports bar. It was his first arranged date with what he describes as \u201ca gorgeous young woman.\u201d\u00a0They chatted for half an hour, drinking cocktails.

\u201cLet\u2019s go to the Village (East Davenport) to check out the action there,\u201d she suggested. Off they went to the\u00a011th Street Precinct. They sidled up to the bar and both began talking to a dude.

\u201cMy lady friend asked me to introduce her to him. It happened. I couldn\u2019t remember her first name, even though I had spent part of the evening with her.

\u201cShe was bitter when I stammered and couldn\u2019t remember her name,\u201d he said. \u201cShe left me and took off with another guy.\u201d

The nameless visitor

Not long ago, a business-type man came into my office. He shook both my hands so hard I thought my watch would come off. \u201cBill, Bill. It\u2019s been a long time. You\u2019re still at the keyboard, I see.\u201d I didn\u2019t know him from Adam. I was flustered, tried to refresh my mind with tales of where we might have caught big fish or played tennis. It was useless. We parted. He was nameless to me.

A reply\u00a0if you don\u2019t know

James Leach, a Davenport native son who was in the U.S. House of Representatives and a\u00a0longtime public servant, is uncanny at remembering names. I once asked if he had a secret. His reply:

\u201cWhen an unknown stranger comes to me and says, \u2018Jim, you remember me, don\u2019t you?\u2019 I have an answer that stuns the stranger. \u201cI say, \u2018Of course I remember you. How could I ever forget a multi-millionaire?\u2019 \u201d

Patience, it comes back

What puzzles is after you\u2019ve stewed about someone\u2019s name for a couple of hours, the name comes back to you, usually when you\u2019re going to bed at night. At his recent 100th birthday party, retired movie theater operator Jim Stopulos was stumped, trying to remember the name of the most impressive 1960s theater\u00a0mogul in the Quads. Two hours later, he remembered. He called me. The name was G. LaVerne Flambo, who once bought the wildly notorious Spike Jones show for a month. He made enough money to buy a new house

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Gov. Bruce Rauner regularly attempts to \"go over the heads\" of the news media and talk directly to the public without any journalistic filters. Usually for people in his particular position, that's just not possible. Governors aren't presidents, after all. They can't deliver \"Oval Office\" addresses that are carried live by television networks or give stump speeches that cable news networks regularly broadcast. They don't have millions of Twitter followers or Facebook video watchers.

But that hasn't stopped Rauner from trying. It's what his prolific television advertising is really about. He has spent millions even in non-election years attempting to frame his issues his own way without any filters \u2013 mainly to avoid taking any blame for his state grinding to a halt without a budget and to shift all blame to House Speaker Michael Madigan and the Democrats instead.

Aside from those ads, most of his Facebook videos have less than 10,000 or so views, a tiny fraction of Illinois' population. He only has about 20,000 Twitter followers, which is less than I have.

So, last week\u2019s Old State Capitol speech about the need for \u201cunity\u201d was a true rarity. Rauner's three minute, 15 second address was carried live by several television stations, including the one with the largest news audience in the Chicago region, Channel 7.

He didn't break much ground with what he said. What was new was the platform he used. Because he inserted himself into TV news broadcasts, tons of people got a chance to hear him speak live on the topic of his choosing for the very first time without interruption - which has simply never happened before in this state.

The extreme drama of more than two years with no budget, a state teetering on fiscal collapse and a crucial special legislative session starting the following day was just too juicy to resist for the stations. Toss in the location of the Old State Capitol, which was used by both Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama for major speeches and the setup was nearly perfect.

The governor used lots of buzz words like \"compromise,\" \"bipartisan\" and \"unity.\" He got in his pitches for a property tax freeze, school funding and term limits, all hugely popular out there in Voter Land. Not once did he utter the phrase \"tax increase,\" even though he supports a plan to increase the income tax rate by about a third. And he called the impasse \"unnecessary\" even though the Statehouse war was basically his idea from the get-go.

It was all too much for the Democrats, who mostly reacted harshly. Chris Kennedy labeled it as \"a few minutes of empty remarks in an empty room.\" Sen. Daniel Biss called it \"the worst infomercial in our state's fiscal history.\" JB Pritzker said: \"Rauner has decided he wants to make people think that he'd like to work together to get something done.\" Ameya Pawar called Rauner a \"liar, a fraud and a flake.\" And the House Democrats\u2019 official response accused the governor of \"talking out of both sides of his mouth.\"

To the people who watched the speech, that reaction may have been seen as an overreaction, if they even bothered to look up the react. Rauner's specialty is winning the news cycle, and he most certainly won the week with that little address of his.

Rauner\u2019s speech wasn't about getting a budget deal. It was about portraying himself as the good guy and the person who is not to blame and then letting the other side take its nastiest shots to prove how they're not so good. \"Why are they picking on this man who only wants bipartisan unity?\" would be the preferred message received.

On the other hand, Rauner was poorly lit, his face and head were distractingly shiny, the empty room had lousy acoustics and he had what appeared to be a cold sore on his upper lip.

Television is all about the visuals, which is why the best way to effectively rate a TV ad is to turn off the sound. People see way more than they hear. What they probably heard last week were the poll-tested, tried-and-true buzz words. What they saw may not have been so great.

Still, the fact that Rauner pulled it off is quite an accomplishment. I used to tell Rod Blagojevich to stop trying to go over our heads and learn to deal with the news media\u2019s filter. Rauner figured out how to do what Blagojevich never could.

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Charlie Sheen hasn't portrayed Babe Ruth in a film, but the actor was the owner of two of the most prized items of Ruth memorabilia.

Sheen on Monday revealed himself as the owner of Ruth's 1927 World Series ring and the 1919 contract of Ruth's sale from the Red Sox to the Yankees which are part of the first Lelands.com Invitational Auction, which ends on Friday.

\"While I have greatly enjoyed owning them, I thought now was the right time to sell the Holy Grail of Ruth memorabilia so others can enjoy them,\" Sheen said in a statement. \"It is my hope that whoever buys these will be able to put them on display for the public.\"

Ruth's ring, which is for the first of four titles he won with the Yankees, has the highest price of all the auction's items. It started with an opening bid of $100,000 and was up to $555,991 as of Monday.

That season Ruth had one of the greatest years in baseball history with a .356 batting average, 60 home runs and 156 RBIs. He went 6 for 15 in the World Series sweep against the Pittsburgh Pirates, with two home runs and seven RBIs.

The five-page contract is the Yankees' copy that Barry Halper once purchased from former owner Jacob Ruppert's estate. It is considered the most important document in sports history. Not only did it start the Yankees on a path of winning 27 World Series titles \u2014 including four with Ruth \u2014 but it doomed generations of Red Sox players and fans under \"the curse of the Bambino.\" The curse wasn't lifted until 2004, when Boston won its first World Series in 86 years.

That Ruppert copy was sold to Sheen in 2005 and hasn't changed hands until now. It also started at $100,000 and is up to $379,749.

There were three copies of the Ruth contract. The Red Sox copy was sold for $996,000 to a Yankees fan during an auction at Sotheby's in 2005. The American League copy has never surfaced.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 A spokeswoman for Bill Cosby is clarifying the purpose of the comedian's planned town hall meetings after she and a colleague initially appeared to draw a link between the meetings and his mistrial on felony charges of sexual assault.

\"I just want to be clear,\" Ebonee Benson told CNN. \"The town hall meetings are not about sexual assault. I will repeat: These town hall meetings are not about sexual assault.\"

The town halls are aimed at restoring Cosby's legacy, and that's what she and fellow Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt meant to say during an Alabama TV station interview last week. Cosby was tried on charges stemming from an encounter with former Temple University worker Andrea Constand, who alleged that Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004.

Cosby, 79, contends the encounter was consensual.

In last Wednesday's interview with Birmingham station WBRC, Wyatt said:

\"We'll talk to young people. Because this is bigger than Bill Cosby. You know, this, this issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today.

\"And they need to know what they're facing when they're hanging out and partying, when they're doing certain things they shouldn't be doing,\" he said, adding, \"And it also affects married men.\"

Benson, who had read comments from Cosby's wife, Camille, slamming prosecutors after the trial ended with a hung jury, said in that WBRC interview that people need to be aware of changing laws regarding sexual assault, including on statute of limitations.

Their interview resulted in an outcry over the plans for the town halls.

Neither she nor Wyatt responded to a request for comment from The Associated Press on Monday.

But on CNN Sunday, Benson blamed media reports for triggering criticism of Cosby's town hall plans, including from anti-sexual violence groups who suggested he was being hypocritical.

Instead of sexual assault, Benson said, \"it is about continuing on with what Mr. Cosby started 50 years ago when he began in the entertainment business, which is the importance of community, importance of education.\"

Prosecutors have said Cosby will be retried on sexual assault charges, but Wyatt said Sunday he doubts there will be another trial, pointing to the deadlocked jury.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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DETROIT (AP) \u2014 A legendary recording studio in Detroit that once welcomed artists such as Aretha Franklin and Miles Davis has received a historic marker just four years after being targeted for demolition.

United Sound Systems installed the approximately $5,000 sign last week after the Detroit Sound Conservancy helped it acquire a historic designation, MLive (http://bit.ly/2sKbOvZ ) reported.

The studio was founded by Italian violinist and recording engineer James \"Jimmie\" Siracuse and holds bragging rights over the first single for Tamla Records \u2014 the label that would later become Barry Gordy's Motown Records. But it shuttered its doors in the mid-2000s, and the building was targeted for demolition in 2013 under a plan to widen I-94.

Federal authorities sought to seize the property last year. Court records show that investigators believe it was purchased in 2009 with money from cocaine trafficking.

A trial for Dwayne Richards, who authorities say bankrolled the building's purchase for $20,000, is set for October.

State transportation authorities have backed off from demolition plans.

Detroit Sound Conservancy works to protect Detroit's sonic history by hosting club and studio tours, preserving old recordings and restoring artifacts important to the Motor City music scene.

Conservancy founder Carleton Gholz said the studio's story is not only a tale of great entertainment but also the narrative of two unique Detroit entrepreneurs.

\"One was an Italian immigrant living the American dream, and the other was an African American Detroiter living the American dream,\" Gholz said. \"I would honestly say that a lot of people don't know (the history of United Sound Systems). That's our role at the DSC, to explore how deep all this stuff is. We can't take that for granted.\"

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LOS ANGELES (AP) \u2014 A hand-drawn map that shows Walt Disney's original ideas for Disneyland has sold at auction for $708,000.

The founder of Van Eaton Galleries in Los Angeles says a private collector cast the winning bid Sunday. Mike Van Eaton says it is the most expensive Disneyland map ever sold.

Walt Disney commissioned an illustrator to create the map in 1953 to drum up interest and investments in his new amusement-park concept. Many of the ideas shown on the map became realities when Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California, in 1955.

Utah resident and Disney collector Ron Clark owned the map for more than 40 years and dreamed of it being returned to Disneyland.

The name of the American collector who bought the map Sunday was not revealed.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 CNN wasn't saying Monday what led it to retract a story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.

The story posted Thursday on CNN's website said Senate investigators are looking into the meeting between Anthony Scaramucci, a member of Trump's transition team, and Kirill Dmitriev, whose Russian Direct Investment Fund guides investments by U.S. entities in Russia. Scaramucci, in the story, said he exchanged pleasantries in a restaurant with Dmitriev on January 16.

The report also said that two Democratic senators wanted to know whether Scaramucci had indicated in the meeting whether sanctions against Russia would be lifted, a decision that could impact the investment fund.

On Friday night, CNN removed the story from its website and disabled links, saying it did not meet the news organization's standards. CNN apologized to Scaramucci. The story, by reporter Thomas Frank, did not appear on any of CNN's television networks.

The network hasn't discussed precisely what was wrong with its story, what led to the retraction or whether this will change how it reports stories on Trump and Russia. CNN has had a tense relationship with the president, who has called the network \"fake news\" and not granted it any interviews.

For his part, Scaramucci tweeted that CNN \"did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on.\"

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\"The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic\" (Hachette), by Richard Sandomir

The movie \"The Pride of the Yankees\" is the kind of Hollywood hokum that makes us feel good. And there's nothing wrong with that \u2014 as long as we know life is usually more complicated than a Gary Cooper movie.

Recommending a making-of-the-movie book as more interesting than the film it explores is a compliment to the author. And in the case of this 1942 biopic about baseball great Lou Gehrig, an acknowledgement that time can be cruel to our youthful favorites.

\"The Pride of the Yankees\" is best remembered for Cooper re-enacting Gehrig's farewell speech at Yankee Stadium. In 1939 the slugger and first baseman was dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a nerve disease soon to carry his name. His oft-quoted observation \u2014 \"Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth\" \u2014 set the standard for self-effacing courage.

When Hollywood got involved in Gehrig's story, accuracy was destined to strike out. As author Richard Sandomir explains, producer Sam Goldwyn saw a Gehrig movie in terms of typical entertainment of the period: a portrait of a heroic figure with touches of humor and romance. For Goldwyn, the element of baseball was something to be \"put up with.\"

The studio publicity machine created a phony tale of a national search for the right person, whether actor or athlete, to play Gehrig. (Imagine Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy or Ronald Reagan in pinstripes.) It was all about ballyhoo because Cooper was under contract to Goldwyn and owed him a picture.

Ticket sales and 11 Oscar nominations (it would win for film editing) proved Goldwyn was right to steer clear, for the most part, of baseball action scenes. Viewed today, however, the film can come off as a syrupy blend of cliches, falling short of the enduring charm of \"Casablanca\" and a handful of other wartime films.

Not that Sandomir sees it that way. Overall, he still judges \"The Pride of the Yankees\" to be a classic that's true in spirit to its subject. But that pitch is batted away by the very elements that make his book worth reading. The New York Times writer researched Gehrig's life and the story behind the movie to provide an authoritative take on what's factual (not that much), what's fanciful (a whole lot) and what's a bit of both.

The Montana-born Cooper, more at home on the range than at home plate, needed lots of batting instruction, most of it taking place behind his Los Angeles mansion. One tale has it that he broke a window at neighbor Tyrone Power's house \u2014 twice. But Sandomir refutes the folklore that all baseball scenes featuring the right-handed Cooper were reversed so he would better resemble the lefty Gehrig. Some cinematic chicanery did take place, just not nearly as much as some have said, and Cooper managed to learn to throw with his left.

A heart-tugging moment in the film comes when an ailing Gehrig, waiting for his turn at bat, realizes he can't cut it anymore and takes himself out of the lineup, causing a shock wave in the stadium. In reality, Gehrig decided the night before and told his manager the next day. The crowd knew before the first pitch.

And then there's the speech. Sandomir points out that newspapers published different versions of Gehrig's farewell and that no complete newsreel of it exists. In real life, the famous line comes near the beginning of his remarks. In reel life, Cooper speaks the line at the end \u2014 the filmmakers knew a good wrap-up when they heard one.

The movie plays down the nasty relationship between Gehrig's mother and his wife, who traded accusations about who was responsible for his illness. It also gets wrong little details \u2014 dates, stats, lineups \u2014 that suggest simple cinema sloppiness.

If none of that really matters, then Sandomir's dogged efforts to separate fact and fiction make for one big whiff. More likely, fans of film and baseball will appreciate his book as a welcome counterbalance to feel-good Hollywood mythmaking.

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Douglass K. Daniel is the author of \"Tough as Nails: The Life and Films of Richard Brooks\" (University Press of Wisconsin).

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ROME (AP) \u2014 Digging for Rome's new subway has unearthed the charred ruins of an early 3rd-century building and the 1,800-year-old skeleton of a crouching dog that apparently perished in the same blaze that collapsed the structure.

Archaeologists on Monday said they made the discovery on May 23 while examining a 10-meter (33-foot) -deep hole bored near the ancient Aurelian Walls as part of construction work for the Metro C line.

\"A Pompeii-like scene\" was how the Culture Ministry described the findings that evoked comparisons to the inhabitants trapped by the 79 A.D. Vesuvius volcanic explosion and preserved for centuries in the ruins of Pompeii.

\"The fire that stopped life in this environment allows us to image life in a precise moment,\" said Francesco Prosperetti, in charge of Rome's archaeological ruins and excavations.

Experts say the Rome ruins might be from an aristocrat's home at the foot of the nearby Celian Hill or from a nearby military barracks, which itself had been explored in other excavations for the subway line.

One of the reasons Rome has such a limited subway system for a metropolis is that construction of an underground transport line inevitably reveals layers of what had been buried slices of life from one of the ancient world's most important capitals.

In this dig, items found included a leg of a stool or table; another one, more massive, possibly from a wooden trunk; a small table; a larger table; a wooden railing or handrail; frescoed wall fragments \u2014 with a reddish hue; and black-and-white mosaic floor tiles on the upper story of the collapsed building. They offer clues to how Romans then lived, as well as how they constructed their buildings, in what's called the mid-Imperial period of the former Roman Empire.

The archaeologists said the fire hardened the artifacts, giving them a quality of preservation that is rarely found.

\"For the moment, the discovery of a charred, wooden ceiling represents a unique event for the city of Rome,\" the ministry said.

On the ground floor, segments of brickwork of a wall, decorated with frescoes, date to the era of Emperor Septimius Severus, whose rule spanned the end of the 2nd and start of the 3rd centuries, according to the archaeologists.

The dog's remains include part of a jaw with intact teeth, with the skeleton indicating a crouched position, at the door of the house, and indicate the animal apparently became trapped in the building when it caught fire.

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Frances D'Emilio is at www.twitter.com/fdemilio

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MADRID (AP) \u2014 A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the remains of artist Salvador Dali to be exhumed to settle a paternity suit, despite opposition from the state-run foundation that manages the artist's estate.

Dali, considered one of the fathers of surrealist art, died in 1989 and is buried in his museum in the northeastern town of Figueres.

Pilar Abel, a tarot-card reader from the nearby city of Girona who was born in 1956, says she is the offspring of an affair between Dali and her mother, Antonia.

At the time of the alleged affair, Dali was married to his muse, Gala, who died seven years before the painter. Gala had a daughter from an earlier marriage but the couple had no children of their own. Upon his death, at age 84, Dali bestowed his estate to the Spanish state.

On Monday, a Madrid court statement said that tests with DNA from Dali's embalmed body were necessary because there were no other existing biological remains with which to make a genetic comparison.

Abel's court litigation started in 2015 when she sued the Ministry of Finance, as the trustee of Dali's estate, and the Gala Dali Foundation that was created to administer it.

\"What she wants is to have a result of the tests with full guarantee in order to finish with this as soon as possible,\" Abel's lawyer Enrique Blanquez told The Associated Press.

If there's a match, Abel could use Dali as her surname and pursue further legal action to claim her rights over the artist's work and property, which according to regional laws could amount to 25 percent of all of the estate.

The Gala Dali Foundation will appeal Monday's decision, foundation spokeswoman Imma Parada said in an e-mailed statement.

But according to Blanquez, the appeal could not immediately stop the exhuming of Dali's remains.

The first hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 18, the lawyer said.

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AP writer Ciaran Giles contributed to this story.

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LONDON (AP) \u2014 Wizarding legend Harry Potter's tale has turned 20.

Author J.K. Rowling's first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was published in Britain on June 26, 1997.

Since then, it has sold more than 450 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 79 languages. The books' magical world has inspired multiple films, spinoffs, memorabilia and amusement park attractions. The White Elephant Cafe, the Edinburgh spot where Rowling wrote the first book, has become an international tourist destination.

\"20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others,\" Rowling tweeted. \"It's been wonderful. Thank you.\"

Rowling's publisher, Bloomsbury, will release four new editions of the book, one for each house at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry, in honor of the anniversary.

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) \u2014 A Maine museum is playing host this summer to a traveling collection of pirate artifacts discovered by an underwater explorer trying to shake off criticism that cast him as a reckless treasure hunter.

The \"Real Pirates\" exhibit brings authentic pirate booty from the ship of Black Sam Bellamy to the Portland Science Center. The wreck of Bellamy's Whydah was discovered by Barry Clifford in 1984.

Some of Clifford's more recent claims, including the purported discovery of Christopher Columbus' Santa Maria, have been disputed by a United Nations agency. The agency says Clifford's methods are unscientific and have damaged shipwreck sites.

But Clifford attributes the criticism to \"politics\" and defends his work. He told the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/2tcv46r ) he has conserved his findings and never sold an artifact for profit.

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1. Blues fest\u00a0

The annual Mississippi Valley Blues Festival returns this weekend to LeClaire Park, Biederbecke Drive, Davenport. The lineup includes 10 blues acts, such as Joanna Connor and\u00a0Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, along with a local scene stage featuring bands such as\u00a0Frankie Fontagne and the Ramblers. Tickets are $10 in advance per day. Tickets at the gate cost $15 on Friday and $20 on Saturday. For more info, visit\u00a0mvbs.org.

5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, LeClaire Park, $10-$20

2. Chicano Batman

Chicano Batman's musical influences are many:\u00a0psychedelic soul, funk, indie rock, tropical and oldies. You'll hear all of those elements this week when the Los Angeles-based four-piece band, along with opener The Golden Fleece, makes a stop at Daytrotter, 324 Brady St., Davenport.\u00a0

8 p.m. Friday, Daytrotter, $12 in advance; $15 at the door

3.\u00a0Cash'd Out

If you're a fan of classic country tunes such as \"I Walk the Line\" and \"Ring of Fire,\" then this show is for you. Cash'd Out, a Johnny Cash tribute band based in San Diego, is slated to perform Wednesday at Baked Beer & Bread Co.,\u00a01113 Mound St., Davenport.\u00a0Fifth of Country, a Quad-City honky-tonk group, will open up thew show. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more info, visit moellernights.com.\u00a0

7 p.m. Wednesday, Baked Beer & Bread Co., $15-$20

4.\u00a0R.LUM.R

R.LUM.R, the moniker for Nashville-based singer/songwriter\u00a0Reggie Williams, is billed as a rising rhythm-and-blues star whose single, \"Frustrated,\" is getting some serious play on Spotify and YouTube \u2014\u00a0where the song has been viewed over 1 millions times. R.LUM.R is set to perform this week at the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport, where concert-goers are likely to get a glimpse\u00a0of his debut EP, \"Afterimage\" that's due out Aug. 11. Tickets are available at raccoonmotel.com.\u00a0

7 p.m. Sunday, Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel, $12\u00a0

5. Music at the Figge\u00a0

Looking to hear some punk music at the Figge Art Museum? Whirlfest, a mini-festival featuring five musical acts, is taking over the museum, 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport. See An Atomic Whirl, Sexual Jeremy, The Central, Leggy and Sister Wife, on Friday. While you're there, check out new exhibits such as \"Jean Shin: MAiZE\" and \"Chad Pregracke: Message in a Bottle Collection.\" Admission to the Figge is free through Sept. 3.\u00a0

5 p.m. Friday, Figge Art Museum, $5-$10 for music

6. Bix at Six

The second Bix at Six training runs of the season is on tap Thursday. Here's your chance to test out the Quad-City Times Bix 7 route before the race, set for Saturday, July 29. The run starts and ends on the north side of the Quad-City Times building, at the intersection of 4th and LeClaire streets. Don't forget to register for the race at qctimes.com/bix.

6 p.m. Thursday, downtown Davenport. Free

7. Salute to America

Song such as \"Abilene,\" \"Detroit City\" and \"Route 66\" are on the lineup for this concert. See \"Branson on the Road: Salute to America,\" at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse,\u00a01828 3rd Ave., Rock Island. For the matinee performance, lunch will be served at noon and the show\u00a0befins at 1 p.m. For the evening performance, a dinner buffet is set for 6 p.m.; show at 7:15 p.m. For tickets and more info, visit circa21.com or call\u00a0309-786-7733.

Noon and 6 p.m. Thursday, Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, $46.50-$52.25

8. Classic theater in the park

Genesis\u00a0Guild continues its season of free classical theater at Lincoln Park, at the intersection of 38th Street and 11th Avenue, Rock Island, with the final weekend of Shakespeare's \"Comedy of Errors.\" Other upcoming performances include Euripides' \"The Trojan Women,\" Shakespeare's \"Henry V\" and Aristophanes' \"The Clouds.\" For more info, visit\u00a0genesius.org.

8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Lincoln Park. Free

9. Mississippi photo adventure\u00a0

As part of River Action's series of Channel Cat Talks this summer, you can explore the Mississippi River and learn about its wildlife, history, culture and geology with photographer\u00a0Heidi Brandt guiding the tour. Channel Cat Talks, scheduled through Aug. 31, feature subjects such as the Quad-City's historic bridges and Bix\u00a0Beiderbecke. Meet at the\u00a0Celebration Pier Channel Cat Landing, 2951 E. River Drive, Moline. For\u00a0more info, visit\u00a0riveraction.org/education.

9 a.m. Tuesday, Channel Cat Docks, $14
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TLC, \"TLC\" (852 Musiq)

TLC, the iconic '90s-era girl group, is back after 15 years away and these women are clearly not wasting anymore time. \"We don't need no introduction,\" they boast on the first song of their new self-titled CD. \"No, we don't need no instructions/We already paved the way.\"

They're right. For those of you who have no idea whom TLC is, we'll wait while you go to the closest older person who can explain how important \"No Scrubs,\" ''Waterfalls\" and \"Creep\" were for a generation raised on the band's mix of female empowerment and socially conscious lyrics. (Ed Sheeran is clearly a fan \u2014 he had to credit the band's \"No Scrubs\" for his hit \"Shape of You.\")

Back? OK. The self-titled album is from the surviving members, Tionne \"T-Boz\" Watkins and Rozonda \"Chilli\" Thomas. Lisa \"Left-Eye\" Lopes died in a 2002 car crash. The new album heartbreakingly includes an old recording of Lopes' voice as an interlude, a nice way to include her in 2017.

As for the album, funded in part by Kickstarter, it's a kaleidoscope of different sounds and moods, befitting an album with some 20 different songwriters. It's executive-produced by Ron Fair, who has worked with Vanessa Carlton and the Pussycat Dolls, while Watkins had a hand in almost every song.

It veers from the stripped-down acoustic of \"Perfect Girls\" \u2014 a sort of updated \"Unpretty\" \u2014 to the R&B-flavored \"Joy Ride.\" There's a techno-touched \"Scandalous\" and a '70s-disco boogie \"It's Sunny,\" which samples Earth Wind & Fire.

Watkins and Thomas look back a few times \u2014 they take a nostalgia tour with Snoop Dogg on \"Way Back\" that name-checks Prince and Marvin Gaye \u2014 and forward with the electro-poppy \"Haters.\" They get serious on the haunting protest song \"American Gold.\"

You want coherence? Well, it's overrated. This is TLC, after all. It's just a joy to hear them again and to have it be with a new, strong joyous album seems even better. We've waited long enough. What are you waiting for?

__

Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits

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Apparently all the new Planet of the Apes films needed to do to really hit a home run was take the humans out of the equation. It's what this whole trilogy has been leading to, really, as we dipped our toes into the rise, dawn and now war of this burgeoning civilization of apes and the humans who are desperately and often dishonorably fighting for their survival.

\"War for the Planet of the Apes \" is a riveting and surprisingly poignant epic that's a shade above the rest of the franchise dreck populating every multiplex in the country. It's as though director Matt Reeves, screenwriter Mark Bomback and the production actually put care and thought into what they were doing with their characters.

Reeves wastes no time getting the action started with a gripping opening battle. We enter the world through the eyes of some terrified intruders. A group of human soldiers walk through the woods in search of Caesar (Andy Serkis). They don't know whether he's still alive, but their leader is hell-bent on exterminating the apes.

Caesar and his followers have been operating from a secret hideout in the woods \u2014 a gorgeous little Eden tucked away behind a thundering waterfall. When the soldiers find them, the apes fight back swiftly and effectively and nearly take out all of the combatants. Caesar spares the lives of the few survivors to send a message back to their leader that the apes are not savages and just want to live in peace separately from the humans.

Of course the message inspires exactly the opposite reaction and the beautiful and harrowing and nearly silent nighttime raid that comes soon leaves the apes no choice but to abandon their home and hit the road in search of safety. Caesar, however, decides he must go off alone and avenge his community by destroying the Colonel (Woody Harrelson), a deranged Kurtz figure who is truly one of the best true villains we've had in quite some time.

A few of Caesar's comrades follow him on his journey to find the Colonel. Along the way they pick up a young, mute girl (Amiah Miller) and a tiny, manic and adorable zoo ape voiced by Steve Zahn who has the same sort of comic energy as Yoda on Dagobah (without all the force stuff and Jedi training). When they arrive at the Colonel's base, they find a much bleaker and more complicated situation than they could have ever expected.

To say too much more about the plot would probably be a mistake and part of the greatness of Bomback's script is how even in following a pretty standard exodus story, it still manages to surprise and captivate throughout, and with minimal dialogue too. At times, it even feels like \"War for the Planet of the Apes\" is essentially a silent movie with the mute girl and the majority of the apes communicating in sign language.

Caesar also continues to be a fascinating and truly complex character that's as well-conceived and executed as a live-action performance. Harrelson, too, is a menacing delight in his role that has more layers than might meet the eye.

\"War for the Planet of the Apes\" should be a satisfactory conclusion for the series, but that's naively assuming franchises are even allowed to have intentional endings. Regardless of what happens or doesn't happen next for the Planet of the Apes, this installment is very simply a great time at the movies.

\"War for the Planet of the Apes,\" a 20th Century Fox release, is rated PG-13 for \"sequences of sci-fi violence and action, thematic elements, and some disturbing images.\" Running time: 142 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four.

___

MPAA Definition of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr

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Just in time for summer comes a film that seriously threatens the core component of barbeques, baseball games and block parties. To be blunt, \"Okja\" may force you to put down that hot dog.

Director Bong Joon Ho's uneven movie is about a girl, her giant, adorable pet pig and an evil corporation that wants to separate them \u2014 and also to separate our porcine heroine into bacon strips. There's not a lot of nuance here: The bad guys are very bad and the heroes are very good. It makes the finger-wagging of \"Avatar\" seem demure.

But it's not always a well-marbled ride. There's an inconsistent tone, with horrific moments spliced with satire and detours into vaudeville and a few moments when it's kidnapped into a heist movie. \"Okja\" also has too much Tilda Swinton, a curious Jake Gyllenhaal and some weird musical choices. But Bong must be congratulated for forcing us to see what's for dinner, even if his message is as heavy-handed as a public service announcement for veganism.

\"Okja\" has already gotten plenty of attention, but not because of its message. It was the subject of handwringing from traditional film folk because it was picked to compete for the coveted Palme d'Or top prize at the Cannes Film Festival despite Netflix's plans to release the movie online in most markets, bypassing the movie theaters. Whatever form you see it, the effects that bring the lumbering title character to life are remarkable.

The film centers on the fate of Okja, who was created by the malevolent Mirando Corp. \u2014 a less-than-subtle stand-in for the Monsanto Co. The sow is a genetic freak created in a lab, one of two-dozen hippopotamus-sized miracle pigs with skin like an elephant, floppy ears, understanding eyes, a wagging tail and nostrils that flare expressively.

The company, led by Swinton, channeling the public relations savvy of Gwyneth Paltrow and the iciness of Anna Wintour, insists these beasts will reduce hunger and waste. \"The world is running out of food and we're not talking about it,\" she says.

All this comes as an understandable shock to the South Korean girl who has been raising Okja for the past decade in a forest that recalls Eden itself. An Seo Hyun plays Mija as a self-possessed young woman with undeterred, dogged love and the resourcefulness of Lara Croft.

The early part of the film spends time with these two as they gambol in exquisite nature, hugging and working together to gather food. A moment when the super pig shows intelligence and altruism foreshadows the horrors to come.

Okja is snatched back by the Mirando Corp. and Mija pursues her pet all the way to New York, aided by a group of very polite animal rights activists. There are car chases, poo jokes and the curious use of John Denver's \"You Fill Up My Senses.\"

There's also an unhinged Gyllenhaal, who plays a Steve Irwin-like wildlife expert who has sold his soul to the evil corporation. He starts out as if in a slapstick comedy, ends up like Heath Ledger's demented Joker and speaks in a falsetto for reasons only he may know.

Things take a grimmer turn in the last third when we witness a pig rape, electrical shocking and a slaughterhouse that resembles a Nazi concentration camp. Swinton makes another appearance as the twin of the Mirando Corp. head, this time taking her love of using false teeth to a questionable degree. A second serving of the very hammy \u2014 sorry \u2014 Swinton seems too much.

Bong, who also wrote the story, has created a film with echoes of other kid-animal flicks, especially \"Pete's Dragon,\" ''Fly Away Home,\" ''Babe\" ''Free Willy\" and \"Chicken Run.\" But \"Okja\" could never be confused with a kiddie movie.

What it is, however, is less clear. It could be an indictment of capitalism, but business seems to win. It adores nature, but a lab-grown genetic freak proves to be its playful heroine. It's more like an interspecies love story, one that promises to make lunch ordering very hard from now on.

Bon appetit.

\"Okja,\" a Netflix release, is rated TV-MA. Running time: 121 minutes. Two stars out of four.

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Online: https://www.netflix.com/title/80091936

___

Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Imbolo Mbue, whose debut novel \"Behold the Dreamers\" is Oprah Winfrey's latest selection, owes her career in part to the talk-show host.

\"Years ago, I went to the library one day in Falls Church, Virginia, to borrow a book and saw a shelf that only had Oprah book club picks,\" Mbue, 36, told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. \"And one of the books that caught my eye was Toni Morrison's 'Song of Solomon.' And after reading it, I was very much in awe of it (and) thought maybe I would try writing, too.\"

Mbue's \"Behold the Dreamers\" was published in 2016 and won the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, an honor previously given to Philip Roth and Ann Patchett, among others. The book tells of an immigrant from Cameroon who becomes the chauffeur for a Lehman Brothers executive not long before the 2008 financial crisis. In Monday's announcement to The Associated Press, made jointly by Winfrey's OWN network and \"O'' magazine, Winfrey said \"Behold the Dreamers\" was both topical and timeless.

\"It's about race and class, the economy, culture, immigration and the danger of the Us vs. Them mentality,\" she said in a video. \"And underneath it all comes the heart and soul of family, love, the pursuit of happiness and what home really means.\"

Winfrey has championed other debut works in recent years, including Ayana Mathis' \"The Twelve Tribes of Hattie\" and Cynthia Bond's \"Ruby.\" She began her club in 1996 and has helped dozens of books become best-sellers. Last year, she provided a major boost to Colson Whitehead's \"The Underground Railroad,\" which went on to receive the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. Within hours of Monday's announcement, \"Behold the Dreamers\" had jumped from No. 2,493 to No. 6 on Amazon.com's best-seller list.

Mbue's novel was partly based on personal experience. A native of Cameroon, Mbue is a New York City resident who lost her job working in a media marketing department after the crash and wondered how others managed, including the drivers she saw parked in front of the Time Warner Center in midtown Manhattan.

Mbue has remained a fan of Winfrey's club, reading such selections as Barbara Kingsolver's \"The Poisonwood Bible\" and Jeffrey Eugenides' \"Middlesex,\" while never imagining she would be invited to the inner circle. When Mbue was told this spring that she would be hearing from someone at \"O'' magazine, she assumed they wanted her to review a book.

\"And then the phone rings and I hear, 'Hi, Imbolo, it's Oprah,' and she said my book was her next selection,\" Mbue recalled. \"And I really lost it. I was screaming, 'Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god!'\"

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Your friendly reminder about some of the larger Quad-City races that are approaching. Summer racing season is in full swing, get out there and get after it.

Firecracker Run: One week

Bix 7: Four weeks

QC Marathon: 12 weeks

In the running world, the term staying strong can usually be tied back to your running form at the end of a race. When you start to get tired, form tends to go out the window and with that your speed and efficiency.

There are a couple of ways you can focus on your strong finish.

The first is to focus on your form when you start getting tired. During training runs, when things start getting tough, try to visualize what your form should look like. Is your head up? Are you swinging your arms? Are your hands relaxed (not clenched)? Are you moving your legs as you should with an appropriate kick, etc.?

If you find that any of the items above aren\u2019t happening in your current situation, work to fix them on the spot.

With each run, focus on nailing the last few minutes or miles. If you get in the habit of staying focused when the going gets tough, it will become second nature. It\u2019s worth noting that there is a time and place to lay the hammer down. A proper cool down at the end of a run with any effort-based work is necessary.

You should also incorporate some kind of strength training into your weekly routine. Depending on what outcome you want from strength training, there are plenty of options to do after a few workouts each week. The extra focus on the rest of your body will ultimately help with your form.

Squats and lunges are always a hit. I also believe that mountain climbers and everyone\u2019s favorite, burpees, are a huge help when the going gets tough. Outside of body weight exercises, utilizing dumbbells and kettle bells for extra focus on your upper body are also a good idea.

The final aspect to help you finish strong is by adding a smile. Yep, you read that right. Running always feels much easier when you have a smile on your face. Not only do you normally enjoy it more, but it sends a positive energy throughout your body. Besides, who wants to look back at their race photos and see a face grimacing in pain?

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SATURDAY, June 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heading to the beach this summer? Make safety part of your vacation planning.

Sun protection belongs at the top of your packing list. Must-haves include sunscreen, sunglasses, protective clothing and a hat, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

Here are some of the agency's other recommendations:

Don't use tanning beds to pre-tan before a beach vacation. The lamps emit harmful ultraviolet rays that can damage your skin. Also, be aware that spray tans and bronzers do not protect against UV rays.

Make a list of medications you need to take, and get enough to last the trip. Keep your medicines with you when traveling. Also, carry a detailed list of what medicines you take and have your health care provider's contact information in case you need medical care while you're away.

If you wear contact lenses, pack enough for the entire vacation. Don't forget to take glasses in case your eyes get irritated from your contact lenses. Never expose your contact lenses to saliva or non-sterile water, including that from the tap, bottle or ocean. And remove your contacts before swimming or getting in a hot tub.

Vacation can tempt you to try something new. But, think twice before getting a tattoo. Doing so can put you at risk for serious infections like HIV or hepatitis if unclean tools, practices or products are used. Also, tattoo inks can cause allergic or other bad reactions, the FDA said in a news release.

Be sure to drink plenty of water and to eat healthy. For example, when you're at a buffet, first fill your plate with fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and then add the meat, fish or other protein sources.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on travelers' health.

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FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Reckless behavior could worsen post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans, a new report suggests.

The study of more than 200 U.S. veterans with PTSD found that risky behavior -- which is one symptom of PTSD -- creates a pattern of repeated stress that can have harmful results.

The study was conducted by researchers at the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System.

\"For individuals with PTSD, exposure to new stressful events will often prolong their symptoms and can even make them worse. So, these findings suggest that treatment providers should ask trauma-exposed veterans about reckless behavior to make sure they are not engaging in harmful behaviors that could make their PTSD symptoms worse,\" study corresponding author Naomi Sadeh said in a VA news release.

Besides having much higher rates of PTSD than civilians, veterans are more likely to engage in risky behavior. Their suicide risk is also about 50 percent higher, according to the VA.

Veterans are more often jailed for violent offenses and are more likely than civilians to drive recklessly, be binge drinkers and problem gamblers, the researchers said.

The study participants were assessed for PTSD severity and risky behavior in 2006 and again four years later. Nearly 3 out of 4 had engaged in reckless or self-destructive behavior at least once in the five years before the study.

The most common risky behaviors were dangerous alcohol or drug use, drunken driving, gambling and aggression. In both 2006 and 2010, the researchers found links between reckless behavior and more severe PTSD, according to the study published recently in the Journal of Traumatic Stress.

\"These types of high-risk behaviors appear to be common among veterans who have experienced trauma, and put veterans in harm's way by making it more likely that they will experience stress and adversity in the future,\" Sadeh said.

The study noted, for example, that drunken driving increases the likelihood of a traumatic motor vehicle accident, overt aggression can lead to assault and drug use can increase exposure to crime and physical injury.

Between the two assessments, 82 percent of the veterans experienced at least one potentially traumatic event. They included a life-threatening illness; the sudden death of a friend or loved one; a physical assault or threatened assault; a motor vehicle accident; or a life-threatening or disabling event affecting a loved one.

More information

The U.S. National Center on PTSD has more on PTSD.

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FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Wallpaper may contribute to \"sick building syndrome,\" a new study suggests.

Toxins from fungus growing on wallpaper can easily become airborne and pose an indoor health risk, the researchers said.

In laboratory tests, \"we demonstrated that mycotoxins could be transferred from a moldy material to air, under conditions that may be encountered in buildings,\" said study corresponding author Dr. Jean-Denis Bailly.

\"Thus, mycotoxins can be inhaled and should be investigated as parameters of indoor air quality, especially in homes with visible fungal contamination,\" added Bailly, a professor of food hygiene at the National Veterinary School of Toulouse, France.

Sick building syndrome is the term used when occupants start feeling ill related to time spent in a particular building. Usually, no specific illness or cause can be identified, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

For the study, the researchers simulated airflow over a piece of wallpaper contaminated with three species of fungus often found indoors.

\"Most of the airborne toxins are likely to be located on fungal spores, but we also demonstrated that part of the toxic load was found on very small particles -- dust or tiny fragments of wallpaper, that could be easily inhaled,\" said Bailly.

Mycotoxins are better known for their occurrence in food. But \"the presence of mycotoxins in indoors should be taken into consideration as an important parameter of air quality,\" he said.

The study was published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

Creating an increasingly energy-efficient home may aggravate the problem, Bailly and his colleagues said.

Such homes \"are strongly isolated from the outside to save energy,\" but various water-using appliances such as coffee makers \"could lead to favorable conditions for fungal growth,\" Bailly explained in a society news release.

More information

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has more on indoor air quality.

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FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Eating fish at least twice a week may significantly reduce the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis, a new study says.

Prior studies have shown a beneficial effect of fish oil supplements on rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but less is known about the value of eating fish containing omega-3, the researchers said.

\"We wanted to investigate whether eating fish as a whole food would have a similar kind of effect as the omega 3 fatty acid supplements,\" said the study author, Dr. Sara Tedeschi, an associate physician of rheumatology, immunology and allergy at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Generally, the amount of omega 3 fatty acids in fish is lower than the doses that were given in the trials, she said.

Even so, as the 176 study participants increased the amount of fish they ate weekly, their disease activity score lowered, the observational study found.

In rheumatoid arthritis, the body's immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, creating swelling and pain. It can also affect body systems, such as the cardiovascular or respiratory systems. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that about 1.5 million people in the United States have the disease, women far more often than men.

The new study, which was heavily female, draws attention to the link between diet and arthritic disease, a New York City specialist said.

\"While this is not something that is new, per se, and it was a small trial, it does raise an interesting concept of what you eat is as important as the medications you take,\" said Dr. Houman Danesh.

\"A patient's diet is something that should be addressed before medication is given,\" added Danesh, director of integrative pain management at Mount Sinai Hospital.

When his patients with rheumatoid arthritis ask about diet, he said he often suggests they eat more fish for a few months to see if it will help.

\"I encourage them to try it and decide for themselves,\" he said, explaining that study results so far have been mixed.

In this case, the majority of study participants were taking medication to reduce inflammation, improve symptoms and prevent long-term joint damage.

Participants were enrolled in a study investigating risk factors for heart disease in rheumatoid arthritis patients. The researchers conducted a secondary study from that data, analyzing results of a food frequency questionnaire that assessed patients' diet over the past year.

Consumption of fish was counted if it was cooked -- broiled, steamed, or baked -- or raw, including sashimi and sushi. Fried fish, shellfish and fish in mixed dishes, such as stir-fries, were not included.

Frequency of consumption was categorized as: never or less than once a month; once a month to less than once a week; once a week; and two or more times a week.

Almost 20 percent of participants ate fish less than once a month or never, while close to 18 percent consumed fish more than twice a week.

The most frequent fish eaters reported less pain and swelling compared to those who ate fish less than once a month, the study found.

Researchers can't prove that the fish was responsible for the improvements. And they theorized that those who regularly consumed fish could have a healthier lifestyle overall, contributing to their lower disease activity score.

While they were unable to get specific data on information such as patients' exercise, its benefits are proven, Tedeschi said.

She acknowledged that fish tends to be an expensive food to purchase. For those unable to afford fish several times a week, Danesh cited other options.

\"In general, patients should eat whole, unprocessed foods,\" he said. \"If you can't for whatever reason, an omega 3 pill is a second option.\"

Because the study was not randomized, researchers were unable to make definite conclusions, but they were pleased with what they learned.

One finding that impressed Tedeschi \"was that the absolute difference in the disease activity scores between the group that ate fish the most frequently and least frequently was the same percentage as what has been observed in trials of methotrexate, which is the standard of care medication for rheumatoid arthritis,\" she said.

The findings were reported June 21 in Arthritis Care & Research.

More information

There's more on rheumatoid arthritis at the Arthritis Foundation.

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FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new federal report finds that fewer U.S. teens and young adults are indulging in frat-party style drinking because their levels of binge drinking have gone down over the past six years.

But not all teens and young adults are forgoing extra drinks. Fourteen percent of young people from 12 to 20 years old reported binge drinking at least once within the past four weeks.

Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks on one occasion within a few hours, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).

\"Alcohol use continues to be a serious public health issue for young people, their families, and communities,\" said Frances Harding, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at SAMHSA.

\"We've made plenty of progress through prevention efforts, yet the work still needs to continue.\" she said in an agency news release.

The findings about underage drinking appear in a report issued by SAMHSA and are based on an annual survey of 67,500 people in the United States aged 12 and older.

The consequences of excess drinking in youth are significant. About 4,300 underage drinkers die each year from excess drinking, the report said. Kids who binge-drink in high school are more likely to do poorly in school, have sex with six or more partners, and to try illicit drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, according to the researchers.

The survey found that the percentage of underage binge drinking over the last month was highest in North Dakota, Vermont and New Hampshire, all at 21 percent.

Excess drinking by teens and young adults was lowest in North Carolina (12 percent) and Tennessee and Utah, both at 11 percent, the report found.

More information

For details about preventing underage drinking, try the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's 'Talk. They Hear You' campaign.

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FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Want to help protect your children from skin cancer as they get older? Make sure they never get a serious sunburn in childhood.

Just one blistering burn as a child or teen nearly doubles the risk of getting melanoma, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

\"Sun protection is important at every stage of life, including infancy. Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma,\" said pediatric dermatologist Sheila Fallon Friedlander. She's a professor of pediatrics and dermatology at the University of California, San Diego.

\"Keep sun-safety items near the front door, in your car and in your diaper bag so that you always have them ready when you're on the go,\" Fallon Friedlander recommended in an American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) news release.

Other tips from Fallon Friedlander and the AAD include:

Along with sun protection, keep babies safe on hot days by making sure they don't get overheated and that they drink plenty of fluids, Fallon Friedlander advised.

If your baby gets fussy, cries excessively or develops redness on any exposed skin, take him or her indoors immediately.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on sun safety for children.

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FRIDAY, June 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Female runners with a low body weight are more likely to have stress fractures and take longer to recover from them, according to a new study.

Researchers from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center reviewed data on dozens of injuries suffered by female college runners. They found that runners with a body mass index (BMI) below 19 were more likely to suffer stress fractures than others. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on weight and height.

Women with a low body weight were also sidelined longer after an injury. Among those with the most severe stress fractures, recovery time was 13 weeks for women with a BMI of 19 or higher. That compared to more than 17 weeks for those with a BMI below 19, the study found.

\"We found that over time, we were able to identify the factors that put female runners at an increased risk of developing a stress fracture,\" said study co-author Dr. Timothy Miller, assistant professor of clinical orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.

\"One of the most important factors we identified was low body weight, or low body mass index,\" he said in a hospital news release.

Having too little lean muscle mass to dissipate the impact of repetitive pounding on hard surfaces makes the bones of runners' legs vulnerable to injury, according to Miller.

\"When body mass index is very low and muscle mass is depleted, there is nowhere for the shock of running to be absorbed other than directly into the bones. Until some muscle mass is developed and BMI is optimized, runners remain at increased risk of developing a stress fracture,\" he explained.

Female athletes should maintain a BMI of 20 to 24, Miller suggested.

A woman who is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds has a BMI of 20, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The BMI for an average American woman is 26, the CDC says.

To prevent injury, Miller said women should stay at a healthy BMI and include resistance training in their workout regimen to strengthen their lower legs, \"even if that means adding weight from additional muscle mass.\"

The study was published recently in the journal Current Orthopaedic Practice.

More information

The American Academy of Orthopeadic Surgeons has more on stress fractures.

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Charlie Sheen hasn't portrayed Babe Ruth in a film, but the actor was the owner of two of the most prized items of Ruth memorabilia.

Sheen on Monday revealed himself as the owner of Ruth's 1927 World Series ring and the 1919 contract of Ruth's sale from the Red Sox to the Yankees which are part of the first Lelands.com Invitational Auction, which ends on Friday.

\"While I have greatly enjoyed owning them, I thought now was the right time to sell the Holy Grail of Ruth memorabilia so others can enjoy them,\" Sheen said in a statement. \"It is my hope that whoever buys these will be able to put them on display for the public.\"

Ruth's ring, which is for the first of four titles he won with the Yankees, has the highest price of all the auction's items. It started with an opening bid of $100,000 and was up to $555,991 as of Monday.

That season Ruth had one of the greatest years in baseball history with a .356 batting average, 60 home runs and 156 RBIs. He went 6 for 15 in the World Series sweep against the Pittsburgh Pirates, with two home runs and seven RBIs.

The five-page contract is the Yankees' copy that Barry Halper once purchased from former owner Jacob Ruppert's estate. It is considered the most important document in sports history. Not only did it start the Yankees on a path of winning 27 World Series titles \u2014 including four with Ruth \u2014 but it doomed generations of Red Sox players and fans under \"the curse of the Bambino.\" The curse wasn't lifted until 2004, when Boston won its first World Series in 86 years.

That Ruppert copy was sold to Sheen in 2005 and hasn't changed hands until now. It also started at $100,000 and is up to $379,749.

There were three copies of the Ruth contract. The Red Sox copy was sold for $996,000 to a Yankees fan during an auction at Sotheby's in 2005. The American League copy has never surfaced.

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\"The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic\" (Hachette), by Richard Sandomir

The movie \"The Pride of the Yankees\" is the kind of Hollywood hokum that makes us feel good. And there's nothing wrong with that \u2014 as long as we know life is usually more complicated than a Gary Cooper movie.

Recommending a making-of-the-movie book as more interesting than the film it explores is a compliment to the author. And in the case of this 1942 biopic about baseball great Lou Gehrig, an acknowledgement that time can be cruel to our youthful favorites.

\"The Pride of the Yankees\" is best remembered for Cooper re-enacting Gehrig's farewell speech at Yankee Stadium. In 1939 the slugger and first baseman was dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a nerve disease soon to carry his name. His oft-quoted observation \u2014 \"Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth\" \u2014 set the standard for self-effacing courage.

When Hollywood got involved in Gehrig's story, accuracy was destined to strike out. As author Richard Sandomir explains, producer Sam Goldwyn saw a Gehrig movie in terms of typical entertainment of the period: a portrait of a heroic figure with touches of humor and romance. For Goldwyn, the element of baseball was something to be \"put up with.\"

The studio publicity machine created a phony tale of a national search for the right person, whether actor or athlete, to play Gehrig. (Imagine Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy or Ronald Reagan in pinstripes.) It was all about ballyhoo because Cooper was under contract to Goldwyn and owed him a picture.

Ticket sales and 11 Oscar nominations (it would win for film editing) proved Goldwyn was right to steer clear, for the most part, of baseball action scenes. Viewed today, however, the film can come off as a syrupy blend of cliches, falling short of the enduring charm of \"Casablanca\" and a handful of other wartime films.

Not that Sandomir sees it that way. Overall, he still judges \"The Pride of the Yankees\" to be a classic that's true in spirit to its subject. But that pitch is batted away by the very elements that make his book worth reading. The New York Times writer researched Gehrig's life and the story behind the movie to provide an authoritative take on what's factual (not that much), what's fanciful (a whole lot) and what's a bit of both.

The Montana-born Cooper, more at home on the range than at home plate, needed lots of batting instruction, most of it taking place behind his Los Angeles mansion. One tale has it that he broke a window at neighbor Tyrone Power's house \u2014 twice. But Sandomir refutes the folklore that all baseball scenes featuring the right-handed Cooper were reversed so he would better resemble the lefty Gehrig. Some cinematic chicanery did take place, just not nearly as much as some have said, and Cooper managed to learn to throw with his left.

A heart-tugging moment in the film comes when an ailing Gehrig, waiting for his turn at bat, realizes he can't cut it anymore and takes himself out of the lineup, causing a shock wave in the stadium. In reality, Gehrig decided the night before and told his manager the next day. The crowd knew before the first pitch.

And then there's the speech. Sandomir points out that newspapers published different versions of Gehrig's farewell and that no complete newsreel of it exists. In real life, the famous line comes near the beginning of his remarks. In reel life, Cooper speaks the line at the end \u2014 the filmmakers knew a good wrap-up when they heard one.

The movie plays down the nasty relationship between Gehrig's mother and his wife, who traded accusations about who was responsible for his illness. It also gets wrong little details \u2014 dates, stats, lineups \u2014 that suggest simple cinema sloppiness.

If none of that really matters, then Sandomir's dogged efforts to separate fact and fiction make for one big whiff. More likely, fans of film and baseball will appreciate his book as a welcome counterbalance to feel-good Hollywood mythmaking.

___

Douglass K. Daniel is the author of \"Tough as Nails: The Life and Films of Richard Brooks\" (University Press of Wisconsin).

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Apparently all the new Planet of the Apes films needed to do to really hit a home run was take the humans out of the equation. It's what this whole trilogy has been leading to, really, as we dipped our toes into the rise, dawn and now war of this burgeoning civilization of apes and the humans who are desperately and often dishonorably fighting for their survival.

\"War for the Planet of the Apes \" is a riveting and surprisingly poignant epic that's a shade above the rest of the franchise dreck populating every multiplex in the country. It's as though director Matt Reeves, screenwriter Mark Bomback and the production actually put care and thought into what they were doing with their characters.

Reeves wastes no time getting the action started with a gripping opening battle. We enter the world through the eyes of some terrified intruders. A group of human soldiers walk through the woods in search of Caesar (Andy Serkis). They don't know whether he's still alive, but their leader is hell-bent on exterminating the apes.

Caesar and his followers have been operating from a secret hideout in the woods \u2014 a gorgeous little Eden tucked away behind a thundering waterfall. When the soldiers find them, the apes fight back swiftly and effectively and nearly take out all of the combatants. Caesar spares the lives of the few survivors to send a message back to their leader that the apes are not savages and just want to live in peace separately from the humans.

Of course the message inspires exactly the opposite reaction and the beautiful and harrowing and nearly silent nighttime raid that comes soon leaves the apes no choice but to abandon their home and hit the road in search of safety. Caesar, however, decides he must go off alone and avenge his community by destroying the Colonel (Woody Harrelson), a deranged Kurtz figure who is truly one of the best true villains we've had in quite some time.

A few of Caesar's comrades follow him on his journey to find the Colonel. Along the way they pick up a young, mute girl (Amiah Miller) and a tiny, manic and adorable zoo ape voiced by Steve Zahn who has the same sort of comic energy as Yoda on Dagobah (without all the force stuff and Jedi training). When they arrive at the Colonel's base, they find a much bleaker and more complicated situation than they could have ever expected.

To say too much more about the plot would probably be a mistake and part of the greatness of Bomback's script is how even in following a pretty standard exodus story, it still manages to surprise and captivate throughout, and with minimal dialogue too. At times, it even feels like \"War for the Planet of the Apes\" is essentially a silent movie with the mute girl and the majority of the apes communicating in sign language.

Caesar also continues to be a fascinating and truly complex character that's as well-conceived and executed as a live-action performance. Harrelson, too, is a menacing delight in his role that has more layers than might meet the eye.

\"War for the Planet of the Apes\" should be a satisfactory conclusion for the series, but that's naively assuming franchises are even allowed to have intentional endings. Regardless of what happens or doesn't happen next for the Planet of the Apes, this installment is very simply a great time at the movies.

\"War for the Planet of the Apes,\" a 20th Century Fox release, is rated PG-13 for \"sequences of sci-fi violence and action, thematic elements, and some disturbing images.\" Running time: 142 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four.

___

MPAA Definition of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

___

Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr

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Just in time for summer comes a film that seriously threatens the core component of barbeques, baseball games and block parties. To be blunt, \"Okja\" may force you to put down that hot dog.

Director Bong Joon Ho's uneven movie is about a girl, her giant, adorable pet pig and an evil corporation that wants to separate them \u2014 and also to separate our porcine heroine into bacon strips. There's not a lot of nuance here: The bad guys are very bad and the heroes are very good. It makes the finger-wagging of \"Avatar\" seem demure.

But it's not always a well-marbled ride. There's an inconsistent tone, with horrific moments spliced with satire and detours into vaudeville and a few moments when it's kidnapped into a heist movie. \"Okja\" also has too much Tilda Swinton, a curious Jake Gyllenhaal and some weird musical choices. But Bong must be congratulated for forcing us to see what's for dinner, even if his message is as heavy-handed as a public service announcement for veganism.

\"Okja\" has already gotten plenty of attention, but not because of its message. It was the subject of handwringing from traditional film folk because it was picked to compete for the coveted Palme d'Or top prize at the Cannes Film Festival despite Netflix's plans to release the movie online in most markets, bypassing the movie theaters. Whatever form you see it, the effects that bring the lumbering title character to life are remarkable.

The film centers on the fate of Okja, who was created by the malevolent Mirando Corp. \u2014 a less-than-subtle stand-in for the Monsanto Co. The sow is a genetic freak created in a lab, one of two-dozen hippopotamus-sized miracle pigs with skin like an elephant, floppy ears, understanding eyes, a wagging tail and nostrils that flare expressively.

The company, led by Swinton, channeling the public relations savvy of Gwyneth Paltrow and the iciness of Anna Wintour, insists these beasts will reduce hunger and waste. \"The world is running out of food and we're not talking about it,\" she says.

All this comes as an understandable shock to the South Korean girl who has been raising Okja for the past decade in a forest that recalls Eden itself. An Seo Hyun plays Mija as a self-possessed young woman with undeterred, dogged love and the resourcefulness of Lara Croft.

The early part of the film spends time with these two as they gambol in exquisite nature, hugging and working together to gather food. A moment when the super pig shows intelligence and altruism foreshadows the horrors to come.

Okja is snatched back by the Mirando Corp. and Mija pursues her pet all the way to New York, aided by a group of very polite animal rights activists. There are car chases, poo jokes and the curious use of John Denver's \"You Fill Up My Senses.\"

There's also an unhinged Gyllenhaal, who plays a Steve Irwin-like wildlife expert who has sold his soul to the evil corporation. He starts out as if in a slapstick comedy, ends up like Heath Ledger's demented Joker and speaks in a falsetto for reasons only he may know.

Things take a grimmer turn in the last third when we witness a pig rape, electrical shocking and a slaughterhouse that resembles a Nazi concentration camp. Swinton makes another appearance as the twin of the Mirando Corp. head, this time taking her love of using false teeth to a questionable degree. A second serving of the very hammy \u2014 sorry \u2014 Swinton seems too much.

Bong, who also wrote the story, has created a film with echoes of other kid-animal flicks, especially \"Pete's Dragon,\" ''Fly Away Home,\" ''Babe\" ''Free Willy\" and \"Chicken Run.\" But \"Okja\" could never be confused with a kiddie movie.

What it is, however, is less clear. It could be an indictment of capitalism, but business seems to win. It adores nature, but a lab-grown genetic freak proves to be its playful heroine. It's more like an interspecies love story, one that promises to make lunch ordering very hard from now on.

Bon appetit.

\"Okja,\" a Netflix release, is rated TV-MA. Running time: 121 minutes. Two stars out of four.

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Online: https://www.netflix.com/title/80091936

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Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits

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Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig didn't record a single scene together for 'Despicable Me 3'.

The 54-year-old actor has revealed that the pair recorded all their voice parts separately for the new animated sequel, but he always had an idea in his mind how Kristen, 43, would act as her character Lucy Wilde, an Anti-Villain League agent and his cartoon alter ego Gru's wife.

He said: \"The sad thing is that we are in the movie together, and really the only time we work together is doing press. Because when we do our voice sessions, they're always separate. But I always have in the back of my mind how Kristen is going to be doing it.\"

Steve is delighted to be bringing Gru to life for a third outing with his Minion henchmen but he is still surprised now at how popular the Universal Pictures franchise has become all over the world since it began in 2010.

He told the New York Daily News newspaper: \"I did a bunch of animated things before this, but I never thought any of them would turn into a franchise. You never know how they'll turn out, you never know what kind of audiences they'll garner, so I think everyone was a little shocked and surprised, happily, that the series did as well as it did.\"

And although he and Kristen do not get to hang out when making the movies they have developed an \"adorable relationship\" over the past seven years working on the films.

He said: \"From the first time we met, (Kristen has been) nothing but the kindest, sweetest person I know ... she is holding up a tiny little candy heart to her heart. That is sort of indicative of the adorable relationship we have. She's the best.\"

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There's nothing like an epic getaway chase to kick a movie into high gear, and the first five minutes of \"Baby Driver \" are pure movie magic.

A driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) sits coolly in a car \u2014 black Ray-Ban style shades on his face, earbud headphones in place and a jacket that's, fittingly, somewhere between Ferris Bueller and Han Solo. His tough-looking passengers (Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez and Jon Bernthal) exit with comical menace, assault weapons in hand. Baby sits back, cranks up \"Bellbottoms\" by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and air guitars his way through the sequence while the others rob a bank and exit in a hurry. That's when things really get going as Baby steps on the gas and maneuvers away from the cops with heart-pounding, exhilarating polish. It's a car chase for the ages.

It should be no surprise then that what comes after doesn't quite live up to that initial jolt of adrenaline. Nor should it, really \u2014 it would be brutal to sustain something like that for the duration of a film (and we already have \"Mad Max: Fury Road\").

Director and writer Edgar Wright crafts a slick, stylish and wholly original action epic with \"Baby Driver,\" which is both as good as anything you're bound to see in theaters this summer and a bit of a drop-off from the incredibly high bar that Wright has proven himself capable of hitting.

It's about an outlaw kid with a good heart who's at a crossroads. Some youthful indiscretions in Atlanta put Baby in debt to a big-time criminal orchestrator, Doc, played by a perfectly over-the-top Kevin Spacey. Baby's been doing the dirty work of driving Doc's baddies ever since. Will he stay bad, opt for a life on the straight and narrow, or is it too late to even make a decision?

We meet Baby two jobs away from being in the clear. To outsiders, he's an odd duck. He doesn't say much, ever, and he always has a pair of headphones in his ears. But this isn't just any aloof millennial. The headphones and omnipresent soundtrack are there for a reason: Baby's got tinnitus and the music helps drown out the \"hum in the drum\" as Doc explains in his quick clipped paperback noir way.

The only people he engages with are his guardian, Joseph (CJ Jones), who is wheelchair-bound and deaf and whom Baby takes care of, and the waitress of Baby's dreams, Debora (Lily James), whom he meets when she breezes into the throwback diner singing Carla Thomas' \"B-A-B-Y\" to herself. They talk and flirt and fall for each other and wax poetic about heading west on I-20 in a car they can't afford with plans they don't have. It's then that you know things have to start going downhill for our getaway driver.

With freedom in sight, his cool is cracking, and things really go sideways when he gets paired up with Bats (a manic Jamie Foxx), who is as crazy as name suggests, on a few runs

Elgort is pretty charming as Baby \u2014 which is a tough part to get right. Young Harrison Ford looks aside, Elgort has an ineffable charisma that's there even when he's listening to music.

\"Baby Driver\" is a swerve into seriousness for Wright, who has given us some of the most gleefully witty genre send-ups of this century, and it is missing some of that crackling Simon Pegg humor. Also, James, a terrific actress, is reduced to a cartoonish approximation of \"the girl\" who's only there to give our hero something to care about. Or perhaps that's the bigger point of \"Baby Driver.\" In this underground world, no one is \"real\" \u2014 they're all slick coats of paint and simulated cool, right down to the carefully calculated soundtrack. But what more do you want from an action pic?

\"Baby Driver,\" a Sony Pictures release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for \"violence and language throughout.\" Running time: 113 minutes. Three stars out of four.

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MPAA Definition of PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr

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The reboot of Stephen King's 'IT' has been given an R-rating.

The remake of the 1990 cult-classic starring Tim Curry is being helmed by 'Mama' director Andres Muschietti and Collider reports that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has given the film the R-rating for \"violence/horror, bloody images and for language\".

'IT' is based on the novel by King and follows a group of young children who are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise after multiple children go missing.

The surviving children mature into adulthood and are forced to revisit their horrors as one by one they experience Pennywise again.

'Allegiant' star Bill Skarsgard, 26, has been cast to play the evil Pennywise, which was originally brought to life by the 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' star in the 1990 movie adaptation.

It's been reported that Skarsgard's spin on the clown terrified the child extras on set and made them cry.

Unlike the original movie, which followed the characters as both children and adults, the remake is set to be split into two adaptations looking at both generations.

Discussing the project in March, producer Dan Lin said: \"If you look at the book, it's the part of the book that we have not yet explored.

\"The book, we really broke down into two parts. The first part is this movie and if audiences react to this movie in the way we hope they will and I think they will, then we'll be to tell the adult story as well.\"

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Ron Howard has been around 'Star Wars' since the \"beginning\".

The 'Inferno' filmmaker has stepped in to helm the Han Solo spin-off movie - which focuses on the origins of the Rebel Alliance leader, played by Alden Ehrenreich - after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller recently stepped away due to \"creative differences\".

Speaking at the Cannes Lions film event, Ron explained: \"I've been around the 'Star Wars' universe from the beginning.

\"When I was being directed by George Lucas on 'American Graffiti in 1972, we were standing out in front of Mel's Drive-In in San Francisco where we were shooting and I said 'do you know what you think your next film might be?'

\"And he said 'yeah, I want to do a science-fiction movie but a really fun one like 'Flash Gordon' with the effects of Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey'. I thought 'that sounds like a kind of crazy idea'.

\"So many people involved with the 'Star Wars' franchise are friends, so it's gratifying to be able to lend my voice to the universe - coming in when it's already been in production and there is a great amount of work done.\"

The 63-year-old actor-turned-director previously starred in 'Star Wars' creator Lucas' 1973 film 'American Graffiti' and directed 'Willow' for him in 1988.

Ron also previously revealed he had been approached to direct 1999 'Star Wars' prequel 'The Phantom Menace'.

Meanwhile, it was recently claimed the previous directors had been in conflict with Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, for months and didn't appreciate the tight control the producer took on set.

Lord and Miller were hired for their distinctive brand of filmmaking, but the insider claimed Kathleen didn't approve of their style.

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