26th annual Oklahoma City Memorial Remembrance Ceremony
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Amazon executives sensed Bezos was poised to get divorced when he started taking an unusually keen interest in a mode of transport he had always loathed.
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ViceIn I, Sniper, Lee Boyd Malvo speaks at length about the 2002 reign of terror he and partner John Allen Muhammad carried out in the Washington, D.C., area, resulting in ten deaths. Yet despite using audio clips from his phone calls as narration, Vice’s eight-part docuseries (premiering May 10) is most notable for putting its prime emphasis on the pair’s innocent victims, and the countless friends, family members and loved ones left to cope with unthinkable tragedy. To its admirable credit, it’s a true-crime affair that seeks to understand its “monsters” while simultaneously recognizing—and highlighting—the fact that such comprehension doesn’t necessitate empathy, especially when the atrocities in question are as inexcusably heinous as these.Spearheaded by director Ursula Macfarlane, I, Sniper’s calling card is those phone conversations with Malvo from Virginia’s Red Onion State Prison, where he’s currently serving multiple life sentences. In them, the killer recounts, in exacting and chilling detail, both the sniper attacks he perpetrated as a 17-year-old, and the troubled upbringing in Jamaica that led him into the welcoming arms of Muhammad, a Gulf War veteran with a surplus of rage and a desire to unleash it on his homeland. Abandoned by his dad, abused by his mom, and eventually left to fend for himself, Malvo found in Muhammad a father figure who promised to love him as he did his own biological offspring. From the outset, though, theirs was a bond built on exploitation, with Muhammad becoming not only Malvo’s surrogate parent, but also his lover—as well as his mentor, pouring all of his long-simmering hate and resentment into the impressionable, desperate-for-acceptance teen.The Tragic End to Wrestling’s First Great ‘Madman’Muhammad’s gripes were many—he despised the military, white people, and just about every American institutional structure. However, he reserved his greatest enmity for second ex-wife Mildred, who dared to take back her kids after Muhammad had kidnapped them. The loss of his (abducted) brood seems to have been the proverbial match that lit Muhammad’s homicidal spark, and he soon began molding Malvo into his instrument of destruction. Friends and relatives suspected that something was up with their relationship, but no one foresaw what was to come: the cold-blooded murder of Keenya Cook, the niece of Mildred’s friend in Tacoma, Washington, followed by violent robberies, shootings and slayings in Arizona, Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia. All of those initial acts were merely a test run for Malvo and Muhammad’s grand scheme in Washington, D.C., the epicenter of American power, and thus Muhammad’s venue of choice to strike fear into the heart of the republic by proving that everyone was vulnerable—even children.What transpired was a 22-day nightmare in which 13 individuals (white and Black, young and old, well-off and working-class) were shot, 10 of them fatally, in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Because Malvo and Muhammad’s intention was to terrorize in increasingly escalating fashion, each victim was chosen at random at gas stations, on street corners, and in parking lots that afforded the killers ideal vantage points and easy escape routes. They committed these crimes in a customized 1990 blue Chevy Caprice, with Malvo lying in the trunk and firing through the rear keyhole. It was a stealthy plot, and the two benefited from the fact that an early eyewitness said they’d seen a white box truck near the scene—thereby sending police, for the better part of the next three weeks, on a wild goose chase for the wrong vehicle. With no other ballistics-related leads, law enforcement was stymied, which proved to Malvo that Muhammad was right: no one could stop them from exacting their revenge.The question, of course, is revenge against what? I, Sniper connects the dots of Malvo and Muhammad’s troubled pasts and despicable 2002 presents, but no convincing argument is made that Muhammad—the mastermind behind this madness—had suffered losses that weren’t of his own making. Be it his unhinged military tenure, his marital craziness, or his transformation of Malvo into an assassin, Muhammad comes across as a man righteously angry over things that were his own fault. As for Malvo, his cold, clinical recitation of his murderous conduct (and claims of remorse) neuters any sorrow one might feel for his adolescent travails. His present-day compunction is far too little, too late, just as the case he makes for his own victimhood vis-à-vis Muhammad sounds like an accurate and yet insufficient explanation. He knew that gunning down men, women and children was dreadfully wrong, and yet in order to maintain Muhammad’s affection, he actively, and enthusiastically, chose to do it—and even got a thrilling kick from it, as he explains that post-shooting sex with Muhammad was exceptionally exciting.Malvo and Muhammad’s rampage of “retribution and punishment” was unforgivable; as Montgomery County Police Chief Charles A. Moose says, “There’s just no excuse for their behavior. None whatsoever.” To hammer home that point, I, Sniper consistently juxtaposes Malvo’s recollections with prolonged, heartrending interviews with the wives, brothers, aunts and friends of the duo’s victims, as well as some of those who survived their encounters. Those accounts turn out to be vital, providing an up-close-and-personal view of the anguish and trauma that Malvo and Muhammad brought about, and the lingering scars left by this ordeal. They’re the human face of this awful tale, stricken with grief, regret, guilt and fury over senseless crimes that robbed them of loved ones who were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time.Comprised of news reports, crime scene footage, 911 calls, Malvo-penned illustrations, maps and chats with patrolmen, detectives, reporters and doctors, I, Sniper is comprehensive enough to earn the description “definitive.” Yet more than its insight into the mind of its young subject—and, by extension, Muhammad, who was executed in 2009 by lethal injection—what separates it from much of the true-crime pack is its dogged refusal to forget the real, incalculable horror at the center of its story. Malvo is frequently heard but never seen, while the countenances of his and Muhammad’s victims (and those close to them) remain front-and-center throughout. That directorial decision is critical and commendable, allowing the series to pay fitting tribute to the individuals who deserve to be remembered, while keeping its central villain largely faceless, in the dark and out of sight, where he chose to live and kill with his murderous mentor, and where he’ll now remain for the remainder of his days.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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A year before the next presidential election, Macron is focusing on saving jobs and reviving the pandemic-battered French economy as his country inches out of its third partial lockdown. The centrist president's ability to meet the challenge will be significant for his political future and for France — which is among the world's worst-hit nations with the fourth-highest number of reported COVID-19 cases and the eighth-highest death toll at more than 106,000. While he has not officially declared his candidacy, Macron has made comments suggesting he intends to seek reelection.
Narendra Modi's carefully crafted image has taken a hit as India reels from a punishing Covid wave.
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Dogecoin plummets during Elon Musk's 'Saturday Night Live' hosting gig as Robinhood experiences issues
Robinhood said crypto trading was "back up and running" about 30 minutes after reporting difficulties.
The 49-year-old Tesla and SpaceX CEO hosted the May 8 episode of the popular NBC comedy sketch series.
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The U.S. Space Command said it could confirm that the rocket reentered over the Arabian Peninsula at about 10:15 p.m. EDT.
Sebastian Stan and Lily James are unrecognizable in their first photos as Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson for Hulu
"Pam & Tommy" is a comedic take on the true story behind the release of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's sex tape.
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Previously, CDC guidance stated that most infections were transmitted through "close contact, not airborne transmission."
Dave Bautista told IGN that James Gunn once suggested a spin-off movie starring Drax the Destroyer and Pom Klementieff's Mantis.
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Elon Musk calls the meme-crypto Dogecoin the 'future of currency,' predicts it will 'take over the world' on 'SNL'
Musk also referenced the popular catchphrase "To the moon," popularized by the Reddit group Wall Street Bets.
- LA Times
Scarlett Johansson, citing 'sexist' treatment, calls for Hollywood to 'step back' from Golden Globes
Scarlett Johansson joins Hollywood callout of Golden Globes, slams 'sexist' questions from HFPA journalists.
- The Independent
‘We’re the leaders. They follow us!’ Matt Gaetz tells MTG as pair weigh-in on Liz Cheney and ‘America last’ media
‘I’m glad our colleagues have caught up’ says Gaetz, later mocking CNN’s coverage of him
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A string of lights that lobbed across the night sky in parts of the U.S. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday had some people wondering if a fleet of UFOs was coming, but it had others— mostly amateur stargazers and professional astronomers— lamenting the industrialization of space. The train of lights was actually a series of relatively low-flying satellites launched by Elon Musk's SpaceX as part of its Starlink internet service earlier this week. An email to a spokesman for SpaceX was not returned Saturday, but astronomy experts said the number of lights in quick succession and their distance from Earth made them easily identifiable as Starlink satellites for those who are used to seeing them.
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Trump's widely-mocked new blog shows he is now just 'shouting into the void,' say social media experts
Trump has struggled for internet attention since he was kicked off Facebook and Twitter in January in the wake of the Capitol riot on January 6.
Archaeologists discovered the remains of nine Neanderthals at a prehistoric site near Rome, Italy's Culture ministry said on Saturday. The find occurred in Grotta Guattari, prehistoric caves discovered more than 80 years ago, located around 100 metres from the coast of Tyrrhenian Sea in San Felice Circeo, near Latina, in the Lazio region. Neanderthals, the closest ancient relatives of humans, died out about 40,000 years ago.
- The Week
Remember that time when everyone (and The Daily Mail) was so mad about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry trying to trademark "Sussex Royal," and in doing so, cruelly placing Queen Elizabeth "in an invidious position, given her long-held conviction of refusing to allow working members of the family to profit from their positions"? Well, People reports that the British monarch has since started selling Sandringham-branded beer, brewed from plants grown on her Norfolk estate, as well as a Royal Collection Trust gin, which retails for $41 a bottle and will "help preserve the Queen's extensive art collection." Writes Celebitchy, "HOW GAUCHE! How tacky! I assume all of the royal reporters are up in arms about how dreadful it is that the Queen is monetizing the Crown in such a disgusting and cheesy way." Read more at Celebitchy and People. More stories from theweek.comHouse GOP campaign wing reportedly withheld bad Trump polling from lawmakers at retreat5 brutally funny cartoons about the GOP's shunning of Liz CheneyMore studies show Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines protect against worrisome variants
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After over a month with no local infections, Vietnam has recorded 176 confirmed coronavirus cases from several outbreaks that have spread to 19 provinces during the past 10 days, the Health Ministry said. The National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, which has been at the front line treating COVID-19 patients, has been sealed off after a doctor, two nurses and more than 20 patients tested positive earlier the week. Meanwhile, the city’s K hospital, which is designated to treat cancer patients, also closed Friday after 11 cases of COVID-19 were found.
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Ingenuity has surprised NASA scientists with its first four flights. Now, as it begins a new mission, they can hear it for the first time.
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Colorado Springs PoliceLast summer, former Colorado Springs attorney Jean-Joseph Danger Le Chiffre found out he hadn’t been included in his father’s will and was apparently furious.So, police allege, he schemed a plan with his mom, Marcella Sandoval, that he thought would be foolproof.Le Chiffre would kill his father, Gilbert Sandoval, and his 78-year-old mother would then claim she did it in self defense. Marcella, who was estranged from Gilbert, would then become her husband’s beneficiary and pledged to split the fortune with her son.But 55-year-old Le Chiffre, who was born Patrick Joseph Sandoval and legally changed his name to the Bond villain from Casino Royale some time before the slaying, apparently didn’t count on two things going wrong.Philly DA Candidate Forced to Address Paralegal Found Dead in His MansionAt a court hearing on Friday, covered by The Colorado Springs Gazette, police outlined their case against Le Chiffre and Sandoval for the first time, including the missteps that eventually tripped the pair up.In late July, Le Chiffre and Marcella carried out their plan, according to police. Marcella coaxed her estranged husband into the basement of a home they co-owned, where Le Chiffre was waiting with a baseball bat. He allegedly beat Gilbert to death. Police say they found the bloodstained, cracked Louisville Slugger next to his body.After his father died, Le Chiffre used a knife to cut his mother’s arms and hands to make it look like she had been attacked, officials said. He left the knife next to his father’s body.But, police said during the half-day hearing on Friday, investigators were immediately suspicious when they attended the murder scene and had to physically escort Marcella around the house because she was in such poor health.How, they wondered, could the 78-year-old woman have beat a man to death with a baseball bat, and withstood a knife attack, if she couldn’t even stand up on her own?Then, possibly as part of a plea deal, Marcella turned on her son and decided to become a state witness. In an August court deposition, she described the lengthy planning that went into the killing. “She was tired of how Gilbert treated her, was part of it, and the other part was financial—that Mr. Le Chiffre had been cut out of the will,” detective Marcus Lehmkuhl said at the time.Pandemic ‘Chaos’ Led Wife to Kill Estranged Hubby’s New GF: DefenseBut, in yet another twist, Le Chiffre’s public defender suggested in the Friday hearing that Le Chiffre’s brother, former Colorado Springs cop Mark Sandoval, had got in their mom’s head and manipulated her recollection of events. His attorneys also disputed the alleged motive, saying Le Chiffre could have still claimed a share of his father’s inheritance, and claimed there was no physical evidence connecting him to the scene.At the end of Friday’s hearing, Judge Chad Miller concluded that there was likely enough evidence to convict Le Chiffre of first-degree murder, and he ordered Le Chiffre to be held without bond. Le Chiffre has pleaded not guilty to all charges.As part of her deal with police, Marcella Sandoval was charged with accessory to murder. She pleaded guilty last year and faces two years on probation, according to court documents.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.