August 14, 2020

Summerhays tops Myers, dark

first_imgFor Joseph Summerhays, it was no big deal that the sun had set a half hour earlier and that he and Colby Myers were literally playing in the dark as they teed off on the fifth hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday at Wingpointe Golf Course and that two cars were needed to shine their headlights on the green so they could see.Summerhays and Myers were the two survivors of a four-way playoff that had begun an hour earlier at the Burton Lumber Salt Lake City Open. After Myers’ 40-foot putt, just missed, Summerhays confidently rolled in a 6-foot birdie putt to end the playoff and put $5,000 in his pocket.”I’ve played a lot in the dark — I grew up playing in the dark,” Summerhays said. “When we play Summerhays family tournaments, we always finish in the dark. I’ve putted a lot in the dark. I can see the hole.”After the pair had finished playing No. 18, the fourth playoff hole, Wingpointe pro Lynn Landgren said there was “no way” they could play another hole. That meant the four players who started the playoff — Summerhays’ cousin Boyd Summerhays and South African Ross Wellington were the other two — would be declared co-champions and split the first four places.However, Landgren gave them the option of continuing, so Joseph Summerhays and Myers teed off on No. 1, the fifth playoff hole.Both players’ drives were spotted about 100 yards away, slightly in the rough. After Myers chipped onto the green 40 feet away, Summerhays hit his wedge within six feet of the pin.Salt Lake City Tournament Event Coordinator Jono Herrick and professional Kury Reynolds each drove their cars up the fairway and parked so their headlights shined on the green.Myers’ putt missed by inches, leaving Summerhays over his putt. However, he told Reynolds in the closest car, “I don’t need it,” and the lights were turned off. From there, Summerhays calmly stroked the putt into the hole.For Myers, a 30-year-old from Gilbert, Ariz., it was a disappointing end, and to top it off, he missed his flight home, even though the airport was next door. He had several chances to win but lipped out on his last two putts during his round of 66 and burned the edges with birdie putts on four of the five playoff holes.Boyd Summerhays had good chances to win on the first two playoff holes but missed an 8-footer and a 10-footer. He was eliminated on the third playoff hole when his 10-foot putt circled the hole and came back three feet.”I hit three good putts — what are you going to do?” he said.Wellington, the native of South Africa who has been playing in Las Vegas on the Butch Harmon Tour, was the first-round co-leader, but he had an up-and-down round before being eliminated on the second playoff hole with a bogey.State Am champ Dan Horner won low amateur honors with a 140 total after tying with 17-year-old Zac Blair and winning a playoff. Kim Thompson, the 54-year-old first-day co-leader, won low senior honors after also finishing at 140 Ryan Ellis and Issac Jimison tied for fifth overall at 139. E-mail: sor@desnews.com Relatedcenter_img SLC Open resultslast_img read more

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Utah Jazz: 5 things to look for during the opening month

first_img Curtain raiser: Snyder Era begins in Utah Wednesday night Related Ranking the best power forwards in the NBA heading into the 2014-15 season This year’s Jazz: more entertaining, still no playoffs Meet the team: A look at the 2014-15 Utah Jazz roster Deseret News Sports Report Podcast: Talking Jazz season-opener and predictions with Jazz beat writer Jody Genessy Jazz face tough season-opening matchup with Rockets SALT LAKE CITY — As the 2014-15 season gets underway Wednesday night when the Houston Rockets come to town, we still don’t know a lot about this year’s Utah Jazz team.We know they have the second-youngest team in the league (behind Philadelphia), are breaking in a new coach in Quin Snyder and are coming off a pretty good preseason with a 5-3 record. By the end of November, we should know a lot more about this year’s Jazz bunch.Here are five things to look for during the first month of the season: Video: Utah Jazz players explain why they picked their jersey numberlast_img read more

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(Update) Jeff Delp, 58, Oxford: Feb. 15, 1960 – Sunday, May 27, 2018

first_imgJeff Delp, 58 of Oxford, died Sunday May 27, 2018 at his home in Oxford, Kansas.Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the Oxford Cemetery. The family requests that memorial donations be made to a charity of the donors choosing.Contributions can be left with the Oxford Funeral Service P.O. Box 123, Oxford, KS 67119. For further information or to leave an online condolence please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.comJeffery Allen Delp was born on February 15, 1960 the son of James and Marsha (Spence) Delp in Winfield, KS. He was a 1978 graduate of Oxford High School.  During high school he was a member of the basketball and football teams but could most often be found in the high school woodshop. Graduating from Southwestern with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Jeff was also a member of the tennis team.Jeff worked as a self-employed craftsman and was known for his talent with fine woodworking.  Many of the homes in the area boast his intricate work which was a true expression of his perfectionism.  When Jeff wasn’t behind the saw, you could find him practicing one of his many hobbies.Jeff loved to travel.  Taking his first trip to Australia right after high school, his favorite travels took him across Europe more than once, to the Amazon, Zion National Park and the mountains of Colorado.  Jeff always returned from his adventures with beautiful photographs.  Still images that could tell an entire story.  Behind the lens was his favorite place to be.Photographing the wonders of the world was just one of Jeff’s artistic expressions.  Jeff loved music. Both listening to and playing.  He taught himself to play the guitar and had a knack of seeking out lesser known talented musicians. You could find him with his guitar in the Pecan Grove during Bluegrass.If Jeff wasn’t reading and quoting a National Geographic or great American novel, he could be found outside.  Whether he was chasing storms, kayaking the river, climbing the highest mountain or sunning his unique plants, Jeff loved being in the great outdoors.Jeff never met a stranger.  He made friends wherever he went.  He loved his family but was especially fond of the little ones and boy did they love him back.  With that charismatic and enthusiastic personality, how could you not love him.Survivors include his parents; James Kevin and Marsha Lee (Spence) Delp of Oxford, brother, Darren Delp and wife Robin of Ridgway, CO and sister Jami White and husband Keel of Oxford, nieces and nephews Nancy Martin and husband Tyler, Kevin White and wife Morgan, Kendall Delp and Mandy and Alex White, great nieces and nephew, Blair White, Millie Rae Martin and Bennett White.Preceding him in death are his grandparents.last_img read more

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Sumner County Sheriff Office – Oct. 15 – Oct. 21, 2018

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for Oct. 15 – Oct. 21, 2018 weekly jail bookings are as follows:  Johnson, Rebecca Michelle36Wellington KS1000 Block E. Lincoln Ave. Wellington, KSDriving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked10/16/18 WEEKLY   BOOKINGS10/15/2018 thru 10/22/2018 NAMEAgeHOMETOWNLOCATION OF ARRESTCHARGESDATE OF ARREST Evans, Daniel Lee30Wichita KSSGCO JailHere for Court10/17/18 Beyard, Brandon Mitchell24Oxford KS610 E. Hillside, Wellington KSProbation Violation10/15/18 McChristian, Kierra Askia23Fort Worth TX2000 E 16th St, Wellington, KsMaking false information, Theft by deception10/18/18 Sanders, Malcolm Jr.25Arlington TX2000 E 16th St, Wellington, KsMaking false information/Theft by deception10/18/18 Perkins, Leroy Eugene Jr39Wellington KS610 E Hillside Wellington KSServing Sentence of 5 days10/19/18 Emerson, Jerry71Wichita KSI035 MP033 Toll Plaza 33C, Mulvane, KSDriving under influence of alcohol or drugs, Transporting an open container10/15/18 Harris, Derek Matthew29Wichita KSSGCO Jail Probation Violation:10/17/18 Smith, Zachary Raymond38Wellington KS602 E Harvey Ave Wellington KsFailure to appear10/21/18 Beltz, Janelle Lynn20Belle Plaine KS521 W. 5th Ave. Belle Plaine KS,Criminal damage to property; Disorderly conduct; Disorderly conduct;10/15/18 Edwards, David Ray52Wellington KS501 N Washington Wellington KSProbation Violation:(Arrest and Detain)10/18/18 Reedy, Wyatt Allen37Caldwell KS501 N Washington Wellington, KSServe Sentence10/18/18 Rinke, Zachary Dave28Haysville KS501 N. Washington KS Wellington KSFailure to appear: X 210/17/18center_img Beard, Justin James43Arkansas City KS501 N Washington Wellington, KSServe Sentence (48 Hours)10/19/18 Taylor, Sarah Jean28Wichita KSSGCO JailProbation Violation10/19/18 Hawk, Tyson James34Belle Plaine KS900 N West RD Belle Plaine KSDriving under the influence of drugs – alcohol; 1st conviction; incapable of safely driving: Driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked10/19/18 Cornwell, Ashley Zenobia35Wichita KS777 Kansas Star Drive Mulvane KSFailure to appear:10/17/18 Keltch, Jack Erion42Wellington KS1301 KS 264 Larned, KS Probation Violation:10/17/18 Worsham, Debra Lynn64Mulvane KS100 E. Blair ST. Mulvane KS Driving under influence of alcohol or drugs10/17/18 Rogers, Dellareece Demetria33Wichita KSSGCO JailFailure to appear10/16/18 Boland, Anita Starr58Wellington KS900 E. 9th st. Wellington KSVehicle liability insurance required; Renewal of registration of certain vehicles, Operate a motor vehicle without a valid license10/20/18 Monday 0600  thru  Monday 0600 Gatewood Mason, Arkedjriana Kousha Denise21Fort Worth TX2000 E 16th St, Wellington, KSMaking false information, Theft by deception10/18/18 Hibbard, Brianna Amber22Wichita KS501 N Washington AveProbation Violation10/16/18 Mauk, Heather Elizabeth35Wellington KS612 N. F ST Wellington KSCriminal damage to property10/17/18 Parks, Megan Suzanne34Wellington KS501 N Washington KS Probation Violation:( Arrest and Detain)10/19/18 Knight, Kristina Lee33Winfield KS777 Kansas Star Drive Mulvane, KSTraffic; Failure to comply with citation:Driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked:10/21/18last_img read more

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Wellington’s Deitrek Gill wins the World Teen Championship in Pinehurst, N.C. Saturday

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Deitrek Gill is seen with his championship cup after winning the World Teen Championship in Pinehurst, N.C.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Deitrek Gill of Wellington has made national headlines by winning the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation World Teen Championship for 2020 for 15-18 boys Saturday in Pinehurst, North Carolina.Playing on the prestigious Pinehurst No. 2 golf course, Gill would win the three-day event over the nation’s best young golfers to win the cup. Gill shot a 71, 72, and 72 for a 215 score to become the only golfer to finish below par in this year’s event.He defeated Solomon Petrie of Akron, Ohio, who shot a 217 for second place. See the full results here.Deitrek Gill with trophy.Gill, son of Chad and Carissa Gill, was one under par at the end of the three-day event.“It’s unbelievable,” Carissa Gill said from Pinehurst. “Coming in, Deitrek’s goal was just to be in the top half of the main event so he could qualify to play the famous Pinehurst No.2 course. We were pleasantly surprised at how well he has played.”Gill is actually in three events at the World Championship and is still playing golf at Pinehurst at this writing. He participated with his dad in the parent/child championship, which they won on Tuesday. Today, he is playing in the Van Cup which is a Ryder Cup event with the top eight golfers in the tournament. Usually, this is the U.S. vs. International event. But this year’s event is a little different in that International players are unable to compete due to the Coronavirus pandemic. So Gill had to finish in the top eight to compete, which he did.It’s been quite a week for the 16-year-old Wellington High School junior. His play was consistent throughout the three days. On day one when he shot a 71, only William Karkoc of Maple Grove, Minn. shot a better score of 70. But Karkoc would shoot a 73 and 82 in the next two days.On day two, Gill shot a 72. Seven other golfers shot either a 70 or 71, but none of them were close on the other two days with the exception of Petrie, who went into day 3 tied with Gill.On the final day, on a hot, muggy Saturday, Gill would shoot an even-par. He started the day paired with Petrie and Karkoc on hole No. 1. All three boys were one-under after two days of competition.“It was a fun pairing, and three became fast friends,” Carissa said.Gill would double-bogey hole No. 2, but would follow that up with an eagle on hole 3 to get back to par. He was shooting 2-under par after the first nine. He was in really good shape at the turn. Petrie had double-bogeyed No. 4 and triple-bogeyed No. 8. He was seven strokes behind Gill after 9. Karkoc was out after scoring a 9 on a par-4 No. 4.Gill held onto the win. Petrie would shoot a 33 on the back, to Gill’s 38 to whittle the lead down from seven to two. But Gill’s first-half performance was too much to overcome and he took the cup.“To illustrate how incredible this win is for D, last year he shot 83-86-83 which meant he didn’t make the cup of the top 74 players,” Carissa said. “This year, his goal was just to make the cut. There were 120 players and the cut is always around 74.To even qualify for the tournament, Gill had to be invited. In the past, he won the local U.S. Kids Golf Wichita Tour in order to qualify.Chad was his caddie for the event.Deitrek with Chad Gill after winning the parent/child tournament.Click to enlarge.Earlier in the week, Deitrek and Chad participated in the parent/child tournament and the Gills were victorious again. The twosome shot a 64 beating Max and Dennis Crawford.Now today the Van Horn is being played where two American teams are squaring off. Could Deitrek pull off the trifecta? We don’t know at the time of this writing.“We were scrambling to change all our plane tickets so he could play in the Van Horn Cup,” Carissa said. “It has been quite a week.”Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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August 13, 2020

Colo. House panel approves teen tanning bed limits

first_imgDENVER | Colorado would lose its unusual status of having minimal limits on teenagers in tanning beds under a bill that passed its first test in the state House on Thursday.A House committee approved the bill despite opposition not from the tanning industry, but from a raft of doctors and health advocates who said Colorado must ban artificial tanning entirely for people under 18.Instead, the bill would ban minors under 15 from indoor tanning beds without a doctor’s note. Teens 15 to 18 would need parental permission every six months. Colorado is one of the few states that don’t restrict youth tanning bed use.Several physicians and health advocates say the limits aren’t enough.“This bill does not go far enough to keep our adolescents safe,” said Dr. Joe Chorny, head of the Colorado Dermatologic Society.Similar opposition defeated last year’s attempt. Rep. Cherilyn Peniston, who sponsored but withdrew that measure, urged her colleagues to take at least a small step toward limiting teen tanning bed use.“We make sausage here, and I hope this is sausage we can swallow,” said Peniston, D-Westminster.Lawmakers in 25 other states are reviewing tighter restrictions on young people tanning, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.The only opponent to any teen tanning bed limit was a Lakewood mom, Shelly LaPlant, who said it’s her role as a parent to decide whether her children should tan, and that permission slips are intrusive.“That is our choice,” LePlant insisted.Lawmakers ultimately sided with health advocates like Dr. Gregory Papadeas, a dermatologist who testified that teen limits are imperfect but a good first step.“It will save lives, I guarantee you,” Papadeas said.The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.___Kristen Wyatt can be reached at https://www.twitter.com/APkristenwyatt .___Online:House Bill 1215: https://bit.ly/15NhhhNlast_img read more

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Loud and local: Lowry’s Soiled Dove finding sweet spot outside of…

first_imgAURORA | The staff at the Soiled Dove Underground have a gag about the music club that sits on the site of the former Lowry Air Force base.“We are officially in Denver, but we joke about that where you land depends on which door you go out,” said Rhett Lee, who books acts for the venue. “If you go out the front door, you’re in Denver. If you go out the back door, you’re in Aurora.” That’s not exactly geographically accurate. The Soiled Dove Underground is in a shopping center that’s a few blocks away from Aurora’s western boundary, but it’s close enough to feel like a stone’s throw. And when you’re talking about a venue that’s booked the likes of B.B. King, the Avett Brothers and Lee Ritenour, that kind of closeness can make a big difference when it comes to drawing an audience.Since moving from its former digs in downtown Denver in 2006, the Soiled Dove Underground has carved out a unique niche in a part of town that’s sorely lacking when it comes to music venues. The 300-seat room located under The Tavern restaurant has become a go-to spot in the Denver metro area for world-renowned musicians of all backgrounds to play. Smooth jazz players like Gerald Albright prefer the venue for its warm acoustics and its lounge feel; thanks to the layout and staid mood of the room, singer/songwriters like Nina Storey can play a show for a quiet and respectful crowd. The Soiled Dove is even the preferred stop for rowdy rock acts like Los Straitjackets and The Tubes.“It’s a listening room,” Lee said. “It’s always been an adult-contemporary room, but we do everything from jazz to Irish rock. We’re kind of all over the board … It did come pretty quickly. Right out of the gate, we were booking national acts with good name recognition.”Most recently, the venue hosted a secret show by South Carolina rockers Needtobreathe immediately after they opened for Taylor Swift at the Pepsi Center. The concert sold out less than 24 hours after it was announced. The Soiled Dove Underground has also hosted plenty of hometown heroes; acts like the Fray, Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Hazel Miller have all played the room.“We’ve found our niche,” Lee said. “The people that know us love us and they keep coming back.”That didn’t happen by accident. Owner Frank Schultz had a very specific design and mission in mind when he opened the basement venue more than six years ago. Schultz and his team of engineers and musicians designed the room from the ground up with a specific approach to acoustics and sound in mind. It’s an attention to detail that comes through in the acoustic paneling, the rectangular shape of the room and the thickness of the curtains.“What makes this room stand out is the time and energy spent dealing with the architect on materials,” said Chris Steele, the club’s production manager and audio engineer. Steele toured as an engineer with national acts like Lisa Loeb and the Lemonheads before starting at the Soiled Dove, and he said the club’s acoustics rival any other house in the state. That includes the Pepsi Center, where Steele also works. “There’s treatment on the ceiling, the floors are concrete, there are tiered height differences — all these things add up to making the sound much, much clearer.“It basically breaks up the sound, that’s the idea,” added Steele, who refers himself as a “consumer advocate” for the club’s audiences.The club’s purposeful design does away with the ear-splitting feedback and amateur mixing job of a small-scale rock club. Combined with its approach to layout — a seating scheme that feels similar to Denver jazz clubs like Dazzle and Jazz at Jack’s — that focus on sound makes the club a standout. It’s even more exceptional considering the lack of high-profile music venues in this part of town. Apart from exceptions like the Zephyr Lounge on East Colfax Avenue, it’s tough to find regular, predictable music gigs in Aurora, a city of more than 300,000.The club’s owners have looked to tap into that audience since moving from downtown Denver, and it hasn’t been too tough. The shift from the crowded, chaotic neighborhood near Coors Field to the quiet, suburban center of Lowry has made the club a destination for a different kind of audience.“What we certainly noticed was a demographic shift from downtown. We would do better there with acts geared toward younger people,” Steele said. “We found the free parking here makes it much more conducive to people who come out and want to make a leisurely evening of it.”The crowd may trend a little older, but that hasn’t dimmed the appeal of the place for an impressive range of musicians. Lee and Steele have impressive memories to choose from as Soiled Dove employees. There was the private party featuring B.B. King, the Avett Brothers debut in Colorado in 2007, the countless jazz and rock legends who’ve stopped by to play an intimate show on a top-notch system.It’s a track record that’s allowed the club to defy a basic rule about booking gigs in the Denver metro area.“Live music crowds are very fickle and it’s very much centered around what the performance is. I think there’s not much of a tradition in Denver of people just dropping by a club. But if there’s a club that does that, it’s ours,” Steele said. “I really see that the audience and the artist are of equal part in this.” Face, an all-vocal rock band from Boulder, performs at The Soiled Dove. Since moving from its former digs in downtown Denver in 2006, the Soiled Dove Underground club has carved out a unique musical niche in a part of town that’s sorely lacking when it comes to music venues. The 300-seat room located under The Tavern restaurant has become a go-to spot in the Denver metro area for world-renowned musicians of all backgrounds to play. The club has hosted acts like B.B. King, the Avett Brothers and Richie Havens. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Face, an all-vocal rock band from Boulder, performs at The Soiled Dove. Since moving from its former digs in downtown Denver in 2006, the Soiled Dove Underground club has carved out a unique musical niche in a part of town that’s sorely lacking when it comes to music venues. The 300-seat room located under The Tavern restaurant has become a go-to spot in the Denver metro area for world-renowned musicians of all backgrounds to play. The club has hosted acts like B.B. King, the Avett Brothers and Richie Havens. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)center_img Face, an all-vocal rock band from Boulder, performs at The Soiled Dove. Since moving from its former digs in downtown Denver in 2006, the Soiled Dove Underground club has carved out a unique musical niche in a part of town that’s sorely lacking when it comes to music venues. The 300-seat room located under The Tavern restaurant has become a go-to spot in the Denver metro area for world-renowned musicians of all backgrounds to play. The club has hosted acts like B.B. King, the Avett Brothers and Richie Havens. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) Reach reporter Adam Goldstein at agoldstein@aurorasentinel.com or 720-449-9707last_img read more

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Review: ‘Hercules’ is schlocky but entertaining

first_imgLOS ANGELES | You’ll have to say one thing for Brett Ratner’s production of “Hercules”: This movie has a sense of proportion. Running just over 90 minutes, the movie is often clunky, but at least it’s fast and unpretentious. And its likable star, Dwayne Johnson, manages to murder legions without ever seeming sadistic. Less violent than “300,” less compelling than “Gladiator,” this new addition to the sword-and-sandals genre seems likely to please the fanboy audience and stir up some impressive box-office numbers.The film begins by recounting the legend of Hercules, with snippets of his famous 12 labors. But this is not the Steve Reeves version of the tale. Johnson’s Hercules (as envisioned by comic book author Steve Moore) is a flawed hero. Bereft over the murders of his wife and children, Hercules has joined up with a band of loyal comrades who will basically sell their services to the highest bidder. In other words, they’re mercenaries. But you can bet it won’t be too long before Hercules rediscovers a noble purpose. That happens when he is enlisted by the lovely daughter of the lord of Thrace to save her kingdom from civil war. Let the mayhem begin.The story has a few twists up its sleeve, as heroes turn out to be treacherous and villains are more complex than first appearances suggest. There’s just enough plot to keep the movie lurching forward, and there are plenty of battle scenes to delight connoisseurs of carnage. (The movie’s PG-13 rating seems fairly lenient.) One problem with these battle scenes is the frenetic editing, an unfortunate staple of contemporary action pictures. On the positive side, the sets (by production designer Jean-Vincent Puzos, who also designed one of Ratner’s favorite movies, “Amour”) are impressive, and the crowd scenes, even if enhanced by CGI, stir happy memories of films like “Spartacus” and “Ben-Hur.”The classy cast also elevates the picture. Ian McShane gives a droll performance as a soothsayer who’s always surviving predictions of his own death. John Hurt is working in the glorious tradition of Claude Rains in “The Adventures of Robin Hood” while Joseph Fiennes is doing a Basil Rathbone as his venal confederate. As the one woman in the troupe of mercenaries, Ingrid Bolso Berdal wields a mean bow and arrow. Tobias Santelmann (star of the Norwegian Oscar nominee “Kon-Tiki”) has an imposing presence as Hercules’ antagonist-turned-ally.Some of these actors have won awards, but a trip to the dais is not likely to be in the future for our star. Still, Johnson plays his role with good humor and more conviction than Steve Reeves could ever muster. When he finally breaks free of his chains and bellows, “I am Hercules,” the audience responds with just the right degree of childish glee.There are some neat 3-D effects, but as with so many recent 3-D offerings, the format doesn’t seem absolutely essential. The cinematography by Ratner’s frequent collaborator Dante Spinotti is vibrant, and the musical score by Fernando Velazquez is rousing. Most important, the pacing is snappy. It may sound like a backhanded compliment to praise this sometimes cheesy movie for never taking itself too seriously, but in a summer of bloated spectacles, this modesty should not be underestimated.“Hercules,” a Paramount Pictures release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for “epic battle sequences, violence, suggestive comments, brief strong language and partial nudity.” Running time: 98 minutes.MPAA rating definition for PG-13: Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.last_img read more

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‘Star Wars’ themed land at planned at Disney parks

first_img This image provided by Disney parks shows the Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. These authentic lands will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. (Disney Parks via AP) Iger also said that the Star Wars land will be “every bit as thrilling as the films” and will include attractions and entertainment in an area populated by aliens and droids. There will also be a Cantina and the chance to take control of the Millennium Falcon — one of the signature attractions.One adventure also promises to put guests “in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”Since 1987, Disney parks have only had the Star Tours ride as their “Star Wars” themed attraction, and even that will be getting a facelift to reflect the new characters and worlds from December’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The ride was previously updated in 2011.More comprehensive brand integration into the parks has been expected since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012. Disney will also be adding the interactive Star Wars Launch Bay and introducing a new seasonal event, Season of the Force, which will update Space Mountain to become Hyperspace Mountain where guests will participate in an X-Wing battle.Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced an upcoming Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, featuring exaggeratedly large objects to make guests feel as though they are actually in Andy’s backyard.Filmmakers James Cameron and Jon Landau also previewed the currently-under construction World of AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This image provided by Disney parks shows the Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. These authentic lands will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. (Disney Parks via AP) ANAHEIM, Calif. | Disney theme parks have their sights on a galaxy far, far away.“Star Wars” is getting its own themed lands at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced at the D23 Fan Expo on Saturday.“We are creating a jaw-dropping new world,” Iger said.The 14-acre attractions represent the largest single themed land expansion ever.center_img CORRECTS YEAR TO 2015, NOT 2014 – “Star Wars” creator, filmmaker George Lucas is honored with the Disney Legends Award, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. Lucas sold his company, and his iconic “Star Wars” film franchise, to Disney for $4 billion. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) This image provided by Disney parks shows the Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. These authentic lands will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. (Disney Parks via AP)last_img read more

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Egypt says scan of King Tut’s burial tomb shows hidden rooms

first_img Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty, left, speaks during a press conference, at the antiquities ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, March 17, 2016. El-Damaty says analysis of scans of famed King Tut’s burial chamber has revealed two hidden rooms that could contain metal or organic material. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) CAIRO |  Scans of King Tut’s burial chamber have revealed two hidden rooms, Egypt’s antiquities minister said Thursday — a discovery that could intensify speculation that the chambers contain the remains of the famed Queen Nefertiti. Mamdouh el-Damaty told reporters that the secret chambers may contain metal or organic material, but he declined to comment on whether royal treasure or mummies could be inside. Analysis of the scans made by a Japanese team showed chambers that would be scanned again at the end of the month to get a better idea of what may lay inside, he said.“It means a rediscovery of Tutankhamun … for Egypt it is a very big discovery, it could be the discovery of the century,” el-Damaty said. “It is very important for Egyptian history and for all of the world.”The discovery could shine new light on one of ancient Egypt’s most turbulent times, and one prominent researcher has theorized that the Nefertiti’s remains could be inside. British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves speculates that Tutankhamun, who died at the age of 19, may have been rushed into an outer chamber of what was originally Nefertiti’s tomb, which archaeologists have yet to find.Famed for her beauty, Nefertiti was the subject of a famous 3,300-year-old bust. Nefertiti was one of the wives of Tutankhamun’s father, the Pharaoh Akhenaten.El-Damaty said it was too early to tell what the metal and organic material could be, saying only that he thinks the new chambers could contain the tomb of a member of Tutankhamun’s family.The tomb lies in Luxor, in southern Egypt, which served as the Pharaonic capital in ancient times, and is home to sprawling temples and several highly decorated ancient tombs in the Valley of the Kings. The discovery of King Tut’s nearly-intact tomb by Howard Carter in 1922 sparked a renewed interest in Egyptology and yielded unprecedented Pharaonic treasures, including the boy king’s sarcophagus and iconic golden burial mask.Reeves reached his theory after high-resolution images discovered what he said were straight lines in King Tut’s tomb. These lines, previously hidden by color and the stones’ texture, indicate the presence of a sealed chamber, he said. The images were broadcast live on national television last September.At the Cairo news conference, el-Damaty highlighted radar scans that showed anomalies in the walls of the tomb, indicating a possible hidden door and the chambers, which lay behind walls that were covered up and painted over with hieroglyphics.Nefertiti was the primary wife of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, who unsuccessfully attempted to switch Egypt to an early form of monotheism. Akhenaten was succeeded by a pharaoh referred to as Smenkhare and then Tut, who was proven by genetic testing to have been Akhenaten’s son.Tut, Nefertiti, and Akhenaten’s family ruled Egypt during one of its most turbulent times, which ended with a military takeover by Egypt’s top general at the time, Horemheb. The family’s names were later erased from official records. FILE – In this Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 file photo, tourists look at the tomb of King Tut as it is displayed in a glass case at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty, said during a press conference Thursday, March 17, 2016, that analysis of scans of famed King Tut’s burial chamber has revealed two hidden rooms that could contain metal or organic material. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) FILE – In this Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 file photo, the mummy of King Tutankhamun’s is displayed at his tomb in a glass case at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty, says during a press conference Thursday, March 17, 2016, that analysis of scans of famed King Tut’s burial chamber has revealed two hidden rooms that could contain metal or organic material. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) FILE – In this Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 file photo, one of Egypt’s famed King Tutankhamun’s golden sarcophagus is displayed at his tomb in a glass case at the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty, says during a press conference Thursday, March 17, 2016, that analysis of scans of famed King Tut’s burial chamber has revealed two hidden rooms that could contain metal or organic material. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty, left, speaks during a press conference as he displays images of radar scans to King Tut’s burial chamber on a projector, at the antiquities ministry in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, March 17, 2016. El-Damaty says analysis of scans of famed King Tut’s burial chamber has revealed two hidden rooms that could contain metal or organic material. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)last_img read more

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