On January 10, 1999, a cigar-puffing Tony Soprano drove out of the Lincoln Tunnel, onto the Jersey Turnpike, over the Meadowlands, past a 97 cent(!) gas sign, and through Jersey City before pulling into the driveway of his dull, generic suburban McMansion. In the background Alabama 3’s Woke Up This Morning throbbed on the soundtrack: “Woke up this morning, you got yourself a gun, got yourself a gun, got yourself a gun…” and with the sound of a record scratch, The Sopranos changed television forever.The Sopranos is not the first show to tell a continuing story. There was Hill Street Blues and Twin Peaks; and let’s not ignore primetime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty. The Sopranos is not the first show to ignore the 22 to 24 episode season. For decades, the television miniseries, notably Roots (1977), The Winds of War (1980), Holocaust (1978), and most especially Rich Man, Poor Man (1976), had been gripping the nation over a handful of nights as … [Read more...] about Nolte: ‘The Sopranos’ at 20 — More Relevant Than Ever
When does the menopause start
OF all the irritations that came with Strictly Come Dancing’s launch night on Saturday, it was the professionals’ exaggerated response to Tess Daly’s big reveal that got to me the most. They have to mask their disappointment, I understand, but the words “Your partner will be . . . KEVIN!” were no sooner out of the host’s mouth than he was off, pogo dancing round the studio, punching the air and screaming: “YAAAAAAAAAS YES! YEEEEES!” And for what? Stacey Dooley, that’s what. Star of BBC3’s box office smash Stacey Dooley Investigates: Second Chance Sex Offenders and now Stacey Dooley investigates how many people had to Google her name on Sunday morning. She is by no means, though, the most anonymous of the new batch on the 16th series of Strictly, which was quick to remind us of its past triumphs, and equally swift to jog our memories about all the things that remain wrong with this show. Bruno … [Read more...] about Stacey Dooley investigates…why she and other nobodies are in the Strictly line-up
Ben Guarino, The Washington Post Published 10:09 am PDT, Monday, August 27, 2018 Most people with ovaries go through menopause. But most animals do not, and their reproductive organs last about as long as they do. We are an outlier. So are whales. Beluga whales and narwhals are the latest known addition to the ranks of menopausal mammals, a group of scientists reported Monday in the journal Scientific Reports. That brings the total number of species to five: these two whales, plus killer whales, short-finned pilot whales and us. In the coarse, evolutionary perspective of life - that survival and reproduction are the main goals of existence - "it is very strange to not carry on reproducing," said Sam Ellis, who studies animal behavior at the University of Exeter in Britain. Which is why Ellis and his fellow researchers went looking for those other exceptional creatures that have this unusual biological trait. No other nonhuman primates go through menopause. Our closest … [Read more...] about Beluga whales and narwhals go through menopause, too
Sandra G. Boodman, The Washington Post Published 5:59 pm, Saturday, June 23, 2018 Photo: Photo By Albert Chang Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Diane Bates had been diagnosed with the flu before doctors diagnosed her with a different, strange illness. Diane Bates had been diagnosed with the flu before doctors diagnosed her with a different, strange illness. Photo: Photo By Albert Chang They told her she had the flu; it would be years before they discovered the real illness 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Diane Bates lay on the floor of her bathroom in the middle of the afternoon - weak, disoriented and afraid that she might die before someone found her. Bates had been battling what she had been told was a bad case of the flu for weeks. She hoped a bath might make her feel better, but she had felt wobbly and then … [Read more...] about They told her she had the flu; it would be years before they discovered the real illness
Produced by Josh Yager and Tom Seligson When Marsha Brantley, 50, of Cleveland, Tenn., suddenly vanished in 2009, her husband Donnie eventually became a suspect in her murder. But was Marsha even dead? The case was unusual from the start because for months after Marsha disappeared, nobody reported her missing – not her friends, her family or even her husband. No one took much notice until her hairdresser, Kelly DeLude, worried about a missed appointment and started asking questions. "I felt compelled to find out what happened to her," DeLude tells "48 Hours correspondent Peter Van Sant. "I wasn't trying to be a detective. I was trying to be a concerned friend." DeLude eventually called police, and investigators later picked up the case. The investigation was full of seeming contradictions from the start. Donnie Brantley claimed he hadn't reported Marsha missing because she had left him. Then, police say he lied repeatedly about where she had gone and what she'd … [Read more...] about Was a missing Tennessee woman murdered or did she willingly disappear?