Mount Rainier isn’t erupting. Here’s what’s going on

Seattle Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 10:46

Geologists are scrambling Wednesday to notify the public that there are no signs of abnormal behavior after a tweet caused a stir about Mount Rainier.
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Three hikers die in Arizona, two after running out of water and getting lost

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 10:44

Three hikers have died in Arizona in barely a week, two of them after getting lost and running out of water.

The map above shows the approximate locations of the incidents.

1/ Aug. 27, SARA Park, Lake Havasu. Kyle Matthew Movius, 31, of Irvine, Calif., was found dead about 20 hours after his hiking party made a 911 call reporting they were lost and out of water as temperatures exceeded 100 degrees. His three companions were found, and two were treated for dehydration; Movius had left them to try to make his way to the trailhead.

2/ Sept. 4, Thunder River Trail, Grand Canyon National Park. Delphine Martinez, 59, of Window Rock, Ariz., “became disoriented and later unconscious” while hiking on the Thunder River Trail near the convergence of the Colorado River and Tapeats Creek, a press release from the park said. She could not be resuscitated and died in the canyon.

Temperatures in the canyon were well above 100 on Sunday, including 115 at Phantom Ranch.

3/ Sept. 5, Spur Cross Trail, north of Cave Creek. Six people were rescued by helicopter after an emergency call from a wilderness preserve at the north edge of the Phoenix metro area. One of them — Evan Dishion, 32 — died at a  hospital.  The cause was said to be extreme heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

An official with the Scottsdale Fire Department said the group was about four miles in on the trail when they ran out of water and got lost. Their phones were dead, and they had to borrow someone else’s phone to call 911. The temperature was around 110 at the time.

Dishion, a physician, was a neurology resident at Barrow Neurological Institute, in Phoenix. He received his undergraduate degree from Oregon State and his medical degree from Creighton University, in Omaha. A GoFundMe page says he was married and had a 3-month-old daughter.

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Lawmakers Press Biden to Track U.S. Aid Tied to Civilian Harm in Yemen

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 10:40
Democrats and Republicans want the administration to do more to ensure that American military aid to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates does not contribute to civilian casualties.
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Burning Man: Photos show what it was like as burners returned to the Nevada desert

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 10:40

Burning Man returned to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert last week as tens of thousands of burners made their way back home to the temporary metropolis for the first time in two years due to the pandemic.

The weeklong gathering is a celebration of self-reliance and the community is encouraged to explore various forms of creative expression. This year’s theme was “Waking Dreams” and featured a variety of imaginative and interactive art installations like the colorful “Petaled Portal” by David Oliver, the massive, climbable piece known as “The Paradisium” by Dave Keane and the abstract “The Scum Thundercloud” by Bjarke Ingles.

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    during Burning Man at the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach in Nevada on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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    “Bop Bear” by Fnnch during Burning Man at the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach in Nevada on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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    Aluna Lua dances during a morning gathering in the deep playa at Burning Man at the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach in Nevada on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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    The Man during sunrise at the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach in Nevada on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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    People watch a light show underneath the “Paraluna” by artist Christopher Schardt during Burning Man at the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach in Nevada on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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    Lasers from an art car light up the sky as the statue by artist Michael Benisty stands in the deep playa during Burning Man at the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach in Nevada on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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    A windsurfer passes by the “Petaled Portal” by artist David Oliver during Burning Man at the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach in Nevada on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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    A participant balances on the “Beam” by artist Benjamin Langholz during dusk at Burning Man at the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach in Nevada on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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    People make their way inside the Temple at Burning Man at the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach in Nevada on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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    Fireworks go off during burning of “The Man” at Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert near Gerlach in Nevada on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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Participants design and build all the attractions that together form this pop-up city, as well as organize all activities and events. However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing, with soaring temperatures and a dust storm that nearly canceled what many consider the main attraction, which is the burning of the wooden man effigy. A dust storm kicked up late Friday evening, significantly decreasing visibility and it blew into the late afternoon on Saturday. Eventually it cleared and the burning went on as scheduled.

Attendee Aaron Glassman of Las Vegas, Nev. said he’s been to Burning Man 11 times and has never seen such an intense combination of excessive heat and frequent white out dust storms.

“It made it one of the more challenging experiences I’ve had in all my years going,” he said. His camp, dubbed Pranksters in the Pines, all worked together to hold their area together as the dust blew. “It was a quality reminder of how we depend on each other out here.”

Glassman said he felt sympathy for anyone out there for their first burn.

“This was a harsh rite of passage for any virgin burner based on the weather,” he added.

That didn’t seem to bother first timer Justin Bishop of Laguna Hills.

“Experiencing the burn with thousands of people was the coolest thing I’ve ever experienced,” the 25-year-old said. “You can’t experience anything like that unless you’re there in person.”

For many, the “Waking Dreams” theme was spot on with how it felt to be able to return to Burning Man.

“Living back the reality of Burning Man and not the default world, it’s a dream to be back here,” said veteran photographer Danee Hazama. He was born in Pasadena, but has lived in Tahiti, French Polynesia for over two decades and has been photographing Burning Man for seven years. “For me (living in Tahiti), it’s turquoise lagoons and coconut trees and all green … paradise. But sometimes we all need change.”

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Here’s what you need to know about the Seattle teachers strike

Seattle Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 10:38

Here's what you need to know about the Seattle educators strike, which began Wednesday.
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Former Alaska lawmaker Kohring dies in vehicle crash

Seattle Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 10:38

Former Alaska lawmaker Victor Kohring has died in a vehicle crash.
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‘Zero COVID’ campaign leaves China no easy way out ❘ Analysis

Seattle Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 10:34

Once again, China is locking down enormous parts of society, trying to eradicate COVID as the rest of the world adjusts to living with the virus.
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ALS drug gets rare second review at high-stakes FDA meeting

Seattle Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 10:33

The Food and Drug Administration is holding an unusual second meeting to review a closely watched drug for the illness known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
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Flex and Spare the Air alerts extended as searing Bay Area heat keeps up assault

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 10:18

California’s power grid remained under assault Wednesday from a state-wide heat wave that has now persisted for more than a week.

On Wednesday, the state’s Independent System Operator issued a Flex Alert for the eighth consecutive day. The alert will be in effect from 4-9 p.m. Flex Alerts ask people to conserve energy in order to avoid rolling blackouts.

The ISO said the state’s energy supply ran so low Tuesday that they issued an Energy Emergency Alert at 5:17 p.m. and utilities began to put an emergency plan into place. They said customers in the state were expected to use more than 52,000 megawatts on Tuesday, an all-time high for the grid.

That did not say early Wednesday whether the demand Wednesday was expected to be as high. Rolling blackouts remained a possibility, according to the ISO.

The heat wave also extended a Spare the Air Alert into a fifth straight day. Air quality in some Bay Area regions were expected to have air quality that was unhealthy for those with respiratory issues.

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What to watch: Shocking ‘Barbarian’ one of 2022’s best horror flicks

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 10:12

A candidate for best horror film of 2022, along with a sweet-tempered streaming series spun off Pixar’s “Cars” vie for your viewing time this week.

Plus, we delve into one the fall’s most urgent existential debates: is “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” worth watching?

Read on.

“Barbarian”: While on a quick trip to Detroit for a job interview, the likable but gullible Tess (Georgina Campbell) proves she’s oblivious to every warning sign a horror film could throw at her.

Perhaps if she’d seen even one bloody “Saw” movie, she might have Google mapped the hell out of a neighborhood before booking an Airbnb stuck in a decaying suburban nightmare where no one ventures out at night. She might’ve had the foresight to say “no way, no how” about spending the night there once she met the awkward but cute guy (Bill Skarsgard) already booked there. Most of all, she would have never ventured into the bowels of a creepy basement.

Thank goodness, then, that unfortunate Tess never dipped into the canon of Wes Craven, Jordan Peele and John Carpenter; her cluelessness is partially what makes actor/comedian Zach Cregger’s innovative feature debut such a scream — a freak show tailor-made for shouting at.

Cregger’s ambitious feature isn’t schlocky; it takes diabolical pleasure in mixing solid jump scares with a multi-tiered narrative that supports numerous plot curlicues and “Psycho”-like shocks and creates a horror story with something to say about America’s societal and cultural ills and the nasty fallout of gentrification, Reaganomics and toxic male behavior.

How does Cregger cram so much into a genre picture without turning “Barbarian” into a preach-from-the-rafters sermon? He keeps the message tempered and never loses sight that he wants to scare the hell out of us over both imagined and real horrors.

To get the maximum pleasure from “Barbarian,” though, don’t read too much about it (the trailer, for once, refuses to reveal an iota) since Cregger spins narrative doughnuts throughout. The cast is top-notch, with Justin Long in a killer supporting role. While “Barbarian” could have elaborated more on a few of its trap-door backstories, I came away with the sense that Cregger’s not done with addressing the evil that dwells below and above. It’s one of the best horror films of 2022, and one of the best feature debuts of the year. Details: 3½ stars out of 4; in theaters Sept. 9.

“Cars on the Road”: Even if some of us felt like the “Cars” franchise ran out of gas a sequel or two back, Pixar’s self-contained nine-episode Disney+ series is likely to spark renewed interest. The setup is simple and efficient with junkyard truck Mater (voice of comedian Larry the Cable Guy) and race car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) taking a road trip to Mater’s sister’s wedding. Each short episode (6 to 10 minutes) gives Pixar storytellers and animators the chance to cut loose and take both kids and adults on a joy ride with homages to “The Shining,” “Jurassic Park” and other memorable movies and Americana moments and locales. It’s breezy and entertaining, but at its core “Cars on the Road ” celebrates the friendship of two very unlike people, er, cars and how that odd couple-ness takes them to unexpected destinations and gives them better insight about each other and those around them. Details: 3 stars; available Sept. 8 on Disney+.

“House of Darkness”: Playwright/filmmaker Neil LaBute drives a stake into the faux-woke attitude of straight guys in this shrewd stage-like production that takes a plot strand from “Dracula” and stitches it into a modern setting. Tipsy Hap Jackson (Justin Long, again) drives a striking woman he just met at a bar — Mina (Kate Bosworth) — to an isolated, creepy mansion. Are is intentions noble, or does he just want to score? LaBute’s conversations between the two (both exceptionally well-played) are playful and come loaded with deeper meaning and context. As the night thickens, two of Mina’s sisters (Gia Crovatin, Lucy Walters) pop in and the nightmare truly begins. “House of Darkness” draws blood better than most of LaBute’s recent fare. It’s a surreal, eerie and intriguing head trip that’s stripped down to the essentials and showcases LaBute’s gift for uncomfortable dialogue. Details: 3 stars; in theaters Sept. 9; available on Apple TV+ Sept. 13.

“Burial”: Hitler’s fresh corpse proves to be a hot commodity in writer/director Ben Parker’s decent World War II thriller that starts with more promise than it delivers. The promising prologue set in 1991 London surrenders to an effective but traditional action film as it flashbacks to 1945 East Germany. That’s where Brana (Charlotte Vega) is on a secret Russian mission to transport the Fuhrer’s remains to Poland and later to Stalin. Naturally, there are hitches, shootouts and double crosses, all as German “Werewolf” Nazis try to nab the body in order to preserve the crumbling Third Reich. “Burial” does have a fair share of suspenseful moments but it never takes full advantage of its premise. Still, it’s a rousing genre picture punched up by a good performance from Vega. Tom Felton, as a villager with a worthy backstory, and Harriet Walter, as the older version of Brana, are also strong. Details: 3 stars; now available on multiple streaming platforms.

“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”: Amazon Prime’s massively expensive fantasy spectacle deposits us into a fantasy realm that JRR Tolkien fans most likely will admire — more so for its looks and scale rather than its story — so far. Leagues better than the nonsensically long-winded Peter Jackson “The Hobbit” trilogy, the first two episodes of this series set the stage for a promising Middle-earth adventure — one inspired not by a book, but a long expanded footnote detailing this prologue of sorts in the appendix of “The Lord the Rings.” Created with abiding appreciation and respect by JD Payne and Patrick McKay, it gives us an impressive, rousing spectacle. The question is whether the first two elaborate episodes, which introduces and reintroduces us to a gallery of characters and fantastical locations, will eventually lead to a more intricate, plot-based storyline as elf Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) sounds the alarm that the hissable Sauron is staging a comeback. (Cate Blanchett played the baddie in the original Jackson series). The narrative is served well by the longer episodic format, gradually transporting us into a detailed world and leaving us transfixed and wanting more as we get to know the big cast of characters better.  But I do hope that the needle on the story will move forward in the ensuing episodes. Supposedly, Payne and McKay have mapped out many more seasons. Details: 3 stars; now on Amazon Prime.

“Margaux”: An AI system called Margaux goes amok in an isolated smart home that’s conveniently tucked in the deep woods, where a group of annoying college chums gather so they can preen, scheme and get picked off in gory ways. The early mayhem that the screenwriters wrought is standard issue and uninspired, but then director Steven C. Miller capitalizes on a wicked twist that reinvigorates “Margaux’s” slasher setup. Everyone in the cast is either pretty or handsome and does a commendable job flexing their muscles — acting or otherwise. But “Margaux” does feel like a missed opportunity for something better, even though the demises do get inventive. A near-death experience while taking a virtual cycling class might well be a first. Details: 2 stars; available Sept. 9 On Demand.

“McEnroe”: With the excellent, underseen dramatization on the rivalry/friendship between tennis titans John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg (“Borg vs. McEnroe”) and a fascinating mathematical/scientific breakdown of McEnroe’s playing style (“John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection”) already available, do we really need another sports doc about one of the most covered athletes ever? The answer is a surprising yes. What fuels director and screenwriter Barney Douglas’ portrait is that he gets candid comments from not just his subject, but from those who know him best — including his family (not former wife Tatum O’Neal) and tennis superstars Bjorn Borg and Billie Jean King. McEnroe’s short fuse on the court, of course, is covered — a dubious image that the older, more mellow McEnroe can’t squeegee from the public domain. His battles with addiction, his outrage at the paparazzi also get covered, and we go deep into his upbringing and his relationship with his father, who was his agent. It makes for a fascinating exploration of one of the greatest athletes of all time, a flawed man who has shaken away many of his demons. Details: 3½ stars; now showing on Showtime.

Contact Randy Myers atsoitsrady@gmail.com.

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Man dead in shooting following alleged SeaTac break-in

Seattle Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 10:11

A man was shot and killed while allegedly attempting to break into an apartment in SeaTac Wednesday morning, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.
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Review: ‘Cult of the Lamb’ builds following on Lovecraftian humor

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 10:03

Devolver Digital is no stranger to edgy but inventive games. It has published titles such as “Genital Jousting,” which is about as NSFW as you would expect, and “Card Shark,” which was a brilliant but flawed take on card tricks, gambling and the intrigue of 18th-century French aristocracy.

The company’s latest release, “Cult of the Lamb,” falls in that vein. As the name implies, players take on the role of a Lamb that start its own religious sect after surviving being sacrificed by the Bishops of the Old Faith. An imprisoned god called The One Who Waits spares the acolyte and gives it the powerful Red Crown. But the deity also gives the humble Lamb a task: Foster a cult to power up the acolyte and use that devotion to destroy the leaders of the Old Faith. That would free The One Who Waits, who has been imprisoned.

Players are leading one religion to destroy another. That’s basically the Crusades except in this stylishly crafted video game, it’s one Cthulhu-inspired faith battling another one. The developer, Massive Monster, takes the edge off the dark Lovecraftian subject matter through its ingenious character design. By making the protagonist and the followers cutesy zoo animals, it highlights the absurdity and humor of running a fanatical religious sect.

Cult of the Lamb village building“Cult of the Lamb” is divided into two parts. One focuses on combat and dungeon diving and the other puts players in the role of cult leader building a religious commune. (Devolver Digital) 

TWO SIDES OF THE GAME
“Cult of the Lamb” is divided into two parts. The first focuses on village building, and the success of that lies in indoctrinating followers and keeping them loyal. The Lamb can rescue new recruits from Old Faith cultists or run across them during adventures.

Once recruited, players essentially build a commune. Think of it as “Animal Crossing” on acid, as members build the basics such as a temple, sleeping quarters and kitchen. They’ll have to send their faithful to harvest stone and wood. Players use these resources to build farms to grow food to feed the burgeoning population. They’ll also have to build hospitals, outhouses and janitorial sites to make sure disease doesn’t spread through the hamlet.

If players do this, they can slowly use their followers’ devotion to construct more advanced buildings to increase efficiency. It can be a grind doing chores around the village by harvesting crops, cleaning up their poop and repairing broken facilities. The beauty of the more advanced projects is that players can delegate villagers with work.

DEFENDER OF THE FAITH
That gives the Lamb more time to tend to the faithful, and using their zealotry, the protagonist powers up abilities that will help him through the second half of the game: the rogue-lite dungeon crawl. If players can maintain followers’ loyalty, they can earn power-ups for the Red Crown such as more health, better weapons and powerful curses.

The Lamb takes those advantages into procedurally generated dungeons full of monsters and Old Faith cultists. This is where players can gather some of the rarer resources for higher-level projects. It’s also how players advance the campaign as each trip through the four dungeons brings the Lamb closer to defeating the bishop deities Leshy, Heket, Kallamar and Shamura.

Combat is straightforward and requires players to read enemy patterns and dodge attacks in order for them to counter. The Lamb’s diving roll makes the protagonist invincible for a few seconds and it’s key to surviving the fire, poison and swordplay from foes. Fighting isn’t too difficult but it does require patience to read a foe and attack with the blade in hand.

Cult of the Lamb battling a BishopPlayers will battle Kallamar, one of the Bishops of the Old Faith, in “Cult of the Lamb.” (Devolver Digital) 

Players also need to learn the weapons and curses because each one has its own strength and weaknesses. The hammer takes a long time to strike but it’s powerful. Meanwhile, curses such as ichor can splash foes with poison, but this temporarily taints an area. Part of the fun is mastering the combat so that players can handle any combination of swords and sorcery they run across. All weapons they run across are randomly generated.

The two halves weave together cohesively and it’s similar to one of the gameplay loops in “Stardrew Valley.” Players run through the dungeon, and if they die along the way, they start over. The One Who Waits keeps the Lamb alive, and players can use their experience and the upgrades from the faithful to start with more powerful gear when they enter a dungeon.

Along the way, tertiary characters show up and they can help players earn more gear or more money to fund their religion. (Hey, running a cult is costly.) Other allies unlock new rituals, which help boost religious fervor so that the Lamb can get some dungeon diving done without babysitting the followers.

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Despite the predictable plot, everything else about the “Cult of the Lamb” is enjoyable. It starts off well and sucks players in with the village building and the quirky sense of humor, but toward the middle of the game, it turns into a grind as learning the finer points includes a lot of trial and error. Players may run out of a vital resource for a needed building, or, by dungeon diving too long, a village can turn rebellious with dissenters, and that leads to the need for prison and re-education.

Although it can be burdensome, the setbacks never stop players from forging ahead. The one frustrating problem I ran into was the constant bugs that crashed the game. “Cult of the Lamb” breaks down with glitches toward the finale, and that forced me to do one or two dungeons repeatedly and some boss fights several times. Sometimes an enemy needed to clear a room disappeared or my character would run endlessly and the game would stop responding.

These problems mar an otherwise entertaining experience worthy of worship.

‘Cult of the Lamb’

3 stars out of 4
Platform: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One, PC, NIntendo Switch, macOS
Rating: Teen

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Top 25 Roxy Music songs of all time (ranked in order with playlist)

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 10:00

Very few bands can boast the wide-ranging influence of Roxy Music.

Over the course of eight studio albums, delivered during an 11-year period, the U.K. act created a body of work that would touch and inspire basically every corner of the pop music universe – from punk, college rock and indie-pop to funk, new wave and hip-hop.

The band was brazenly ambitious and artsy during its studio run, using a glam/prog base to then launch out and explore countless other genres.

That’s why there is no definitive “Roxy Music sound,” but more so an attitude – and certainly a stylistic flare – that seems to unite all of the band’s work.

Fans were thrilled earlier this year when Roxy Music announced it was reuniting to mount its first tour since 2011. The trek includes a date on Sept. 26 at Chase Center in San Francisco, marking the first time the band – featuring founding members Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera and Paul Thompson – has played the Bay Area since Aug. 5, 2001 at the Concord Pavilion.

In honor of the occasion, we seized the opportunity to spend hours listening to the Roxy catalog and come up with a ranked list of the band’s best songs.

So, here are our picks for the top 25 Roxy Music songs of all time.

1 “If There Is Something”

Track three of Roxy Music’s self-titled debut from 1972 is as miraculous as any 6-minutes-and-34-second stretch in pop music history, dramatically detailing – in ever-escalating beauty and intensity – the complete storyline of a long-term romantic relationship. The song is broken up into three distinct parts, each boosting a completely different sound and feel, and yet the whole thing holds together in such compelling fashion.

2 “Avalon”

“More Than This” is the best-known cut from 1982’s “Avalon,” the band’s eighth studio effort as well as its most thoroughly transcendent album. Yet, the title track is the one that truly delivers the magic, carrying listeners off to another time and place – one that seems to exist at the intersection of timeless and fleeting – through a mix of synth, soul and Ferry’s undeniable cool factor.

3 “Mother of Pearl”

Would there be life after Brian Eno left Roxy Music? This nearly 7-minute cut greatly underscored that the group had the power to be just as imaginative, experimental and, without a doubt, impactful in the post-Eno years. And apparently Eno agreed, given that he’s been quoted as saying that the parent album — 1973’s “Stranded” – was his favorite Roxy record.

4 “Out of the Blue”

It’s a really solid song for the first three minutes and change, but then prog-rock hero Eddie Jobson steps up and takes this standout cut from 1974’s “Country Life” into the stratosphere with the soaring work on his famed see-through Plexiglas electric violin.

5 “Ladytron”

The song is intriguingly cold and distant at the start, yet then changes its stripes and reels the listener in completely. It ends as a showcase for Manzanera, who used this 1972 “Roxy Music” recording to announce to a then-unsuspecting listening world that there was a new guitar hero in London Town.

6 “In Every Dream Home a Heartache”

This would surely top many fans’ lists as the best-ever Roxy Music cut. And it’s easy to understand why, as the number from 1973’s “For Your Pleasure” touches upon so many of the band’s trademarks – it’s exotic, experimental, rich in drama, utilizes wildly ambitious musical arrangements and instrumentation, yet still manages to feel cohesive.

7 “Re-Make/Re-Model”

It’s hard to even imagine what it must have been like to originally drop the needle on track 1 of “Roxy Music” back in 1972 and hear such a whirling cacophony of defiantly avant-garde sounds. It’s also hard to imagine a more appropriate introduction to the band.

8 “Jealous Guy”

Roxy Music scored its sole No. 1 single with this emotional rendition of the John Lennon classic, recorded and released just two months after the Beatle great died.

9 “To Turn You On”

The B-side to “Jealous Guy” was just as striking, as Ferry delivered some of the most romantic crooning of his career on this track that ended up making it onto “Avalon.”

10 “Editions of You”

The band just steps on the gas and goes with this “For Your Pleasure” track, delivering a full-tilt rocker that particularly benefits from Thompson’s mighty drum work and Mackay’s honking saxophone.

11 “Love Is the Drug”

Roxy’s fifth studio album, 1975’s “Siren,” opens with the band’s best dance-music number, featuring a groovy bassline for the ages from John Gustafson.

12 “Virginia Plain”

The group’s debut single – which wasn’t included on the original “Roxy Music,” but did make later pressings of the album – is a heady art-pop number that manages to highlight everyone in the band in just under 3 minutes.

13 “The Thrill of It All”

Each of Roxy’s first five albums kicks off in incredibly strong fashion. This particular powerhouse – hailing from “Country Life” — certainly lives up it to its title, in large part due to Manzanera’s fiery fret work.

14 “A Song for Europe”

A work of great sorrow and longing from “Stranded,” where we find out that Ferry sounds just as mesmerizing singing in Latin and French as he does in English.

15 “Angel Eyes”

Roxy Music returns from a nearly 4-year recording hiatus with a sleek, sophisticated new sound – combining elements of pop, disco, soul and new wave – which was wonderfully showcased on this single from 1979’s “Manifesto.”

16 “Do the Strand”

Yet another brilliant opener, this time kick-starting “For Your Pleasure,” “Do the Strand” delivers a decidedly glam-rock twist on the dance-craze-style numbers that lit up the charts in the early ‘60s.

17 “Both Ends Burning”

One of Roxy’s best full-tilt rockers, this “Siren” cut is a 5-minute-plus adrenaline rush that climaxes with some of Manzanera’s finest work.

18 “Running Wild”

The first – and really only – “deep cut” to make the list, this overlooked gem brings 1980’s “Flesh and Blood” to a close in glorious lovesick fashion with Ferry’s aching vocals, Mackay’s hovering sax and yet more of that Manzanera mojo.

19 “Oh Yeah”

It’s a bit staggering to think that the band behind the avant-garde “Re-Make/Re-Model” would also deliver this dreamy slice of soft-rock goodness on “Flesh and Blood.”

20 “More Than This”

The well-crafted beauty from “Avalon” has become Roxy’s one undeniable pop standard over the years, having been covered by everyone from 10,000 Maniacs to Bill Murray (in the Sofia Coppola film “Lost in Translation”).

21 “Street Life”

Ferry sounds like he’s in the midst of crossing a buzzing 20-lane highway — on foot — as his words fight for space amid a wild assortment of synth, sax, recordings of real street noise and other sounds during track 1 from “Stranded.”

22 “All I Want Is You”

The “Country Life” cut is as muscular a rocker as any in the Roxy songbook, propelled throughout by Thompson’s thundering beats and highlighted by Manzanera’s blistering guitar lead in the bridge.

23 “Spin Me Round”

This “Manifesto” offering is one of Roxy’s most heartbreaking songs, painting a picture of a person standing in a now-empty ballroom, amid fallen roses and bittersweet memories, and coming to terms with the reality of the new day.

24 “While My Heart Is Still Beating”

It’s softly sweeping and cinematic, with a blurry and hushed vocal delivery from Ferry enticing us to step further into the world of “Avalon.”

25 “Dance Away”

We could’ve gone a lot of different directions with our final selection, yet none made more sense than including this wonderfully weary, yet entirely danceable disco-era nugget from “Manifesto.”

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Koch brothers-backed political advocacy group delivers signed petitions to Arlington Heights Village Board calling for ‘anti-corporate welfare’ law. Rule would impact Bears’ plans to relocate to village

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 09:58

A libertarian political advocacy group submitted a petition to the Arlington Heights Village Board Tuesday that could bar the village from offering taxpayer-funded financial incentives to the Chicago Bears football team — which is looking to buy the Arlington Park International Racecourse for $197 million — as well as any other business that might open in the area.

Brian Costin, deputy state director of Americans for Prosperity Illinois, led the petition effort and said the organization submitted 663 signatures to the board at it’s meeting Tuesday night.

The petition, which originated from a section of the Arlington Heights municipal code that allows for resident-generated referendums, calls for the Village Board to consider an ordinance that would prevent the village from extending any kind of financial assistance to any corporation seeking to open in the village.

Village officials say such an ordinance would be disastrous for the village, while organizers from the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity call it an “anti-corporate welfare ordinance.”

In presenting the signatures to the Village Board during the public comment portion of the meeting, Costin noted that Americans for Prosperity recently ran a poll that found 72% of respondents supported the Bears’ move to the village but that 68% opposed the use of public money to bring them to Arlington Heights.

“We’ve seen stadium bills and corporate welfare projects turn sour for taxpayers across Illinois,” Costin said, citing examples in the towns of Bridgeview and Hoffman Estates.

Arlington Heights officials said passing such a measure would put the village at a major financial disadvantage to its neighbors.

Mayor Tom Hayes was absent from the board meeting last night, telling Pioneer Press in an email that he was in Canada “on a non-refundable vacation” he’d booked a year ago. But Hayes previously expressed his disapproval for the ordinance API is pushing.

“We don’t think it’s something that’s in the best interest of the village,” Hayes previously said. “If something like this is enacted, then all those businesses are going elsewhere, and how will that benefit our residents?”

Hayes previously told Pioneer Press that he would do “everything in my power to see (such an ordinance) stopped.”

Village Manager Randy Recklaus was present at the meeting Tuesday night and blasted the idea of the ordinance.

“This is a very extreme proposition,” Recklaus said. “It would literally cripple the village’s ability to engage in any economic development throughout our entire community.”

Recklaus added that major swathes of the village, like its downtown area, were redeveloped through public financing incentives like tax increment financing districts.

In fact, the Village Board considered a TIF district-related request at the meeting Tuesday for the Southpoint Shopping Center at 600 East Rand Road. The developer sought money from the TIF to help construct two commercial buildings: one for a Chipotle restaurant and the other for an AT&T retail store.

Resident Martin Bauer told Arlington Heights trustees he was opposed to the use of public money on Bears-related construction.

Bauer said he was not with Americans for Prosperity, but said he might get involved with that group or a similar one if the village continued moving forward with the project.

“No public money is needed to develop this particular site,” he said about the former racecourse property. “We’re not talking about a brownfield. We’re not talking about an eyesore that’s been sitting vacant for decades.”

Bauer said Hayes and some members of the Village Board had become “googly eyed” over the prospect of bringing the football team to the village.

“He indicated that he will do anything to make sure that the Bears come to Arlington Heights,” Bauer said of Hayes.

Recklaus responded to Bauer’s comment, in the mayor’s absence.

“I do not recall Mayor Hayes ever saying he would do anything to bring the Bears here,” Recklaus said.

The petition needed 546 signatures, or 1% of the voting population of the village, to be submitted to the Village Board as a potential ordinance. If the board then rejects that proposed ordinance, then the petition organizers may try to get 12% of the village’s voting population to sign on and force a referendum on the ballot at an upcoming election.

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Alameda County sheriff’s deputy is on the run after double-homicide inside Dublin home

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 09:42

DUBLIN — An Alameda County Sheriff’s deputy was on the run Wednesday morning after allegedly fatally shooting two people inside a Dublin home, authorities said.

Few details were released immediately. Alameda County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Ray Kelly said Dublin police were called to the 3100 block of Colebrook Lane about 12:45 a.m. and that two people were dead.

They were not identified immediately.

Kelly said Deputy Devin Williams Jr., 24, of Stockton, is considered a suspect and authorities are searching for him. Kelly said he has served the sheriff’s office for a year and was assigned to the courts division. The double homicide occurred hours after Williams had worked a shift at an Oakland courthouse, according to Kelly.

Kelly said the sheriff’s office and Dublin police would discuss the incident at a press conference later Wednesday. State employment records show Williams worked as an officer with the Stockton Police Department from March 2020 to January 2021. He joined the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office in September 2020.

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San Jose: ‘Iron Chef’ Morimoto and his fans create 140-foot-long sushi roll

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 09:39

“Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto may have postponed the opening of his Momosan ramen and sake restaurant in San Jose — it will be his first in California — but that didn’t keep him from coming to town Friday night to celebrate the upcoming launch at Santana Row with a few hundred fans and local business leaders.

After breaking open a ceremonial sake barrel, he headed over to the makeshift “Kitchen Stadium” outside, yelled, “The secret ingredient is … tuna!” and sat down to carve a 200-pound sushi-grade fish into strips, as dozens of cellphone cameras captured the action.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - September 02: Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto cuts a bluefin tuna during an event at Momosan Santana Row on Sept. 2, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. The Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's restaurant is opening in late September or early October. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – September 02: Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto cuts a bluefin tuna during an event at Momosan Santana Row on Sept. 2, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. The Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s restaurant is opening in late September or early October. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) 

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He then enlisted the crowd with a hearty “Allez Cuisine!” to head over to a block-long strip of seaweed on a bamboo mat and help him make a 140-foot-long maki roll. Donning kitchen gloves, the eager wannabe sushi chefs rolled as directed, stepping aside only when the master decided his touch was needed. The sushi was carved into hundreds of pieces, plated with wasabi and served to celebrants.

Momosan Santana Row is expected to open in late September.

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    SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - September 02: Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, center, interacts with guests as they take part in making a maki roll with tuna during an event at Momosan Santana Row on Sept. 2, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. The Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's restaurant is opening in late September or early October. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

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    SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - September 02: Guests take part in making a maki roll with tuna during an event at Momosan Santana Row on Sept. 2, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. The Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's restaurant is opening in late September or early October. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

  • SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - September 02: Guests take part in...

    SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - September 02: Guests take part in making a maki roll with tuna during an event at Momosan Santana Row on Sept. 2, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. The Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's restaurant is opening in late September or early October. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

  • SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - September 02: Guests took part in...

    SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - September 02: Guests took part in making a maki roll with tuna during an event at Momosan Santana Row on Sept. 2, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. The Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's restaurant is opening in late September or early October. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)

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Jury awards $77M in suit against addiction treatment center

Seattle Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 09:33

Nick Carusillo died when he was hit by multiple vehicles on a Georgia interstate, just days after he was abruptly discharged from an addiction treatment center.
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Vice Weighs Content Deal With Saudi-Backed Firm

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 09:33
The company is in talks to develop a content partnership with MBC, a Saudi Arabian media giant partially owned by the government.
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Can Exercise Strengthen Your Immunity?

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 09:28
Recent research suggests that people who work out have stronger resistance to infectious diseases — including Covid — but experts say the findings need to be tested further.
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Teen who mysteriously vanished turns up in the woods — and is charged with murder

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/07/2022 - 09:26

A 16-year-old Washington boy who mysteriously vanished for more than a day has now been charged, along with a friend, with the murder of his mother’s former boyfriend.

An extensive search for Gabriel Davies was launched Wednesday, Aug. 31, after he failed to show up for football practice that afternoon at Olympia High School. His pickup truck was found 12 miles to the south, in a wooded area near the community of Tenino; it had what appeared to be blood inside, and the boy’s phone was smashed nearby.

Late Thursday night, Davies was “located safe” in the area where the truck was found, the Thurston County sheriff’s office said, adding there would be no “additional comments regarding this incident.”

Two days later, the sheriff’s office in neighboring Pierce County revealed a twist to the story:

On Thursday morning, deputies doing a welfare check on a 51-year-old man who had missed work for four days found him dead in his home in Orting. He had been shot and stabbed.

Investigators learned that the man — identified in court records only as D.M.  — had dated Gabriel Davies’ mother.

The sheriff’s announcement said: “Friday night our detectives had enough evidence for probable cause to arrest two suspects in this case. Just after 8 p.m. both of our suspects, two 16-year-old males, were taken into custody.”

The second suspect was identified as Justin Yoon, a friend of Davies’.

Investigators said D.M. is thought to have been killed on Aug. 28, a Sunday. On that weekend, according to a prosecutor’s affidavit filed Tuesday, Davies and Yoon were camping with a group at Panther Lake, a 65-mile drive from Orting. Their companions said the boys left the cabin at 12:01 a.m. on that Sunday and returned at 6:30 a.m.

According to Pierce County sheriff’s detectives, surveillance video from D.M.’s home shows two “skinny young males” in the backyard at 1:59 that morning. They are seen entering the home through the doggy door.

At 2:47 a.m., the victim’s German shepherd bolts out of the doggy door and a minute later the two people exit through a side door. For five minutes, they go between the home and the detached garage, and then leave at 2:52 a.m.

Seattle TV station KIRO reported that both suspects’ fathers called the Thurston County sheriff’s detectives to say that Davies was “involved” with the death.

The account given by Davies’ father said his son had been threatened by D.M.’s “biker buddies” who wanted the boy to steal something from the garage of the Orting home, about an hour’s drive from Olympia. The father gave a timeline in which the killing occurred not on Aug. 28 but on Aug. 31, the day the teen went missing.

He said Davies and Yoon went to the home together that day and entered through the doggy door — and when the victim came home, Yoon stabbed him. Davies did not witness the shooting, but heard two shots, the father said.

Davies left without taking anything from the home and began to drive back to Olympia, taking a less direct route, according to the father’s account. When he was near Tenino, the “bikers” caught up with him, pulled him from the truck and “roughed him up” before taking his shoes and leaving him in a wooded area.

The charging affidavit says Thurston County sheriff’s detectives noted that when Davies was found, he had no injuries indicating he had been walking barefoot through the woods for hours, as he claimed. “Davies initially told a detective that he could not remember what had happened to him, or where he had been during his disappearance,” the affidavit says. “He later said he could not say what had happened to him because people were going to hurt him.”

During the search for Davies, the sheriff’s office said he had been seen walking by himself near the abandoned pickup truck around 5:30 p.m. the day he went missing.

He admitted smashing his own phone because he was afraid of what police would find on it, investigators said.

Davies and Yoon were charged Tuesday with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and unlawful possession of a firearm. They were ordered held on $1 million bail each and will be tried as adults.

KIRO reported that GoFundMe deactivated an account set up to raise money for Davies’ defense, saying it violated unspecified terms of service. When it was taken down on Sunday, two days after Davies’ arrest, it had raised about $21,000.

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