Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Dave Barry December 30, 2018 We can summarize 2018 in two words: It boofed. We’re not 100 percent sure what “boofing” is, despite the fact that this very issue was discussed in a hearing of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. All we know for certain about boofing is that it is distasteful and stupid. As was 2018. In spades. What made this year so awful? We could list many factors, including natural disasters, man-made atrocities, the utter depravity of our national political discourse, and the loss of Aretha Franklin. Instead, we’ll cite one event that, while minor, epitomizes 2018: the debut of Dr. Pimple Popper. This is a cable-TV reality show featuring high-definition slo-mo close-up videos of a California dermatologist performing seriously disgusting procedures on individuals with zits the size of mature cantaloupes. You might ask, … [Read more...] about Dave Barry’s year in review: Good riddance to 2018!
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The Local looks back at the year's highs and lows in Sweden. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad / TT As 2018 comes to an end, The Local's team looks back over ten stories that shaped the year, from the summer's wildfires to crime trends to that sword in a lake. Sweden's struggle to crack down on gangs Gang conflict has been an ongoing debate this year, particularly in the southern city of Malmö, with a series of tit-for-tat shootings and explosive blasts. Our Malmö correspondent wrote about how it feels to live in a city where gangland shootings are no longer confined to certain areas (Members). Police in other areas are also facing evolving challenges when it comes to dealing with gang crime. In January, a man in his 60s died after an explosion at a Stockholm subway station, after he picked up what he thought was a toy, but turned out to be a hand grenade. We investigated why Swedish gangs are increasingly using these weapons, and what is being done to crack … [Read more...] about Year in review: The biggest stories from Sweden in 2018
Molly Abraham Special to The Detroit News Published 4:58 PM EDT Oct 24, 2018 The Ford-Peabody mansion in the midst of downtown Birmingham is something of a landmark. And now there is a reason to do more than admire its eye-catching ivory and white Victorian exterior as you drive by. Within the turreted structure is an impressive new restaurant named after an art museum in Japan, offering a menu of Japanese and Japanese-inspired dishes from sashimi and sushi to dry-rubbed prime steak. Adachi is one of many restaurant concepts by the prolific chef Michael Schlow of Washington, D.C., and it was brought here by local proprietors Kenny Koza and Clint Mansour. In a word, it’s a winner. Two adjoining first floor dining rooms include a sushi bar and a cocktail bar, as well as tables and small couches in a vibrant blue color scheme with touches of red. A painting behind the sushi bar … [Read more...] about Dining Review: Winning Adachi offers Japanese-inspired fare
No, "Free Solo" isn't the latest "Star Wars" installment. Upon reflection, however, fans of that franchise should make sure to see this riveting film, if only to experience action and derring-do at its most high-stakes, awe-inspiring and jaw-droppingly true.This often breathtaking real-life man-against-nature adventure is the second film co-directed by Jimmy Chin, who in 2015 made "Meru," an even more spectacular, unnervingly immediate portrait of climbers attempting a death-defying ascent in the Himalayas.In "Free Solo," Chin teams up again with his "Meru" co-director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, with the team chronicling the exploits of champion climber Alex Honnold, whose specialty is scrambling up mountains and virtually any vertical plane without benefit of equipment or safety devices. In a bold, even reckless iteration of working without a net, the filmmakers follow Honnold as he sets out to be the first person to solo climb El Capitan, an imposing, sheer, 3,000-foot rock face in … [Read more...] about Movie review: This mountain-climbing documentary is breaking box-office records because it’s great
Gene Johnson Associated Press Published 8:26 p.m. UTC Aug 14, 2018 Seattle – The spectacular theft of a 76-seat plane from the Seattle airport by a ground crew employee is prompting an industrywide review of how to thwart such insider security threats, though it remains unclear what steps airlines might take. “This is too big a deal. It’s not going to go away,” said Glen Winn, a former Secret Service agent who teaches in the University of Southern California’s aviation security program. “There’s going to be a lot of discussion, a lot of meetings, a lot of finger-pointing, and it’s going to come down to: How do we stop it?” Investigators are continuing to piece together how 3½-year Horizon Air employee Richard Russell stole the empty Bombardier Q400 turboprop on Friday evening and took off on a roughly 75-minute flight, executing steep banks and even a barrel roll while being tailed by fighter jets. He finally crashed … [Read more...] about Airplane theft prompts industrywide review of security