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Andor Episode 1 Recap: The Killer

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Andor Episode 1 Recap: The Killer
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Like a score that is more John Carpenter than John Williams plays in the background, blurry lights pass overhead. A man walks in the rain through a red-light district of an alien city, where various life forms attempt to lure passers-by through Amsterdam-style storefronts. The man walks into a brothel – later referred to as such, by name – where an exotic dancer hologram frolics and employees attempt to trick him into trying on various wares from various exotic locations.

The man refuses; he is looking for his long lost sister, not a good time. In the process, he makes enemies of two corporate leasing agents, who follow him out of the establishment into a dark alley and hook him up for money.

The man retaliates, accidentally killing one of his attackers before falling on the other. Rather than report the death to the authorities together, as the remaining assailant begs him to do, he simply shoots the other guy to death in cold blood. Morose synths play on the soundtrack.

Thus ends the first ten minutes of Andor, the new Star Wars drama series from Disney+. It is true that my knowledge of the material is not exhaustive. But it’s safe to say that from what I’ve seen, those ten minutes are more interesting than anything I’ve seen of the Disney Star Wars machine since. A thug – combined.


Certainly, there’s something potentially, if not innately, squeaky about the concept of “Star Wars for adults.” While adults have been able to enjoy Star Wars since the property’s inception, it always has been and always will be a story for kids first and foremost. There’s nothing wrong with that! The problem arises when people who were raised in Star Wars as children and who have since grown out of that original age group demand that the franchise continue to contort themselves to their growing lives and attitudes. complex, a requirement that is impossible for any franchise to overcome. Sometimes you just have to let kid stuff be kid stuff and get what you can get out of it. It’s not for you more.

This doesn’t seem to apply to Andor. Written by Thick headed franchise impresario (and A thug alternate writer/director) Tony Gilroy, who also serves as showrunner, and directed by British television veteran Toby Haynes, this first episode of Andor really seems to have been tailored to Star Wars fans who want to see a truly adult story set in the recognizably Star Wars milieu, i.e. a juxtaposition of multiracial cosmopolitanism, weather-beaten poverty, and space travel futurists. There really was nothing like this particular combination until George Lucas and his friends dreamed it up.


And it turns out there are all kinds of stories you can tell within that. They needn’t be as slavishly beholden to past glories as previous Disney+ TV shows or the JJ Abrams/Rian Johnson sequel trilogy; the frame is so packed that you can get away with just about anything, if you’re ready to go, and you’re ready to go, this show most definitely is. The hero accidentally murders one guy, then kills another in cold blood as he begs for his life, within the first ten minutes. The hero! of a star wars To display!

So here is your story. Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), future hero of A thug, is a refugee from a distant planet and has a childhood that we witness in (miraculously) untranslated and unsubtitled foreign-language flashbacks. He finds himself as a sort of scoundrel munching on the fringes of a planet dominated by big business, navigating the delicate space between its own autonomy and the demands of the totalitarian empire under which it operates. (Ask any gunmaker in Germany in the 1930s how this particular dance works.)

After killing the pair of cops who followed him from the brothel where he was looking for his long-lost sister, Andor networks with his various friends and acquaintances, including a mechanic named Bix (Adria Arjona) and a beat-up. droid with a stutter – through this sector hoping to get out of town. Hot on his heels is a corporate official named Syril Karn (Kyle Soller) who is determined to defy his superior’s orders and nail these security guard deaths with a real suspect in hand instead of covering up the crime for that the business looks better. his lords.


It might be hard to explain if your job isn’t to watch TV shows for a living, but the feeling I kept watching this episode is that it’s a real tv show, not just an exercise in copyright maintenance. The untranslated flashbacks, the genuinely adult subject matter, the cold-blooded murders, the sex workers, the badass pitted against corporate hounds and their imperial masters – it feels like a real show, with real characters, with real style, with real things to say.

Can he hold on? Who knows? But as a reviewer I’m in the business of taste things, and so far I like Andor. More please.

Sean T. Collins (@theseantcollins) written on television for rolling stone, Vulture, The New York Timesand anywhere that will have it, really. He and his family live on Long Island.

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Three arrested in connection with Inver Grove Heights death

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Authorities say that three people were arrested and booked on suspicion of murder after investigators responding to a 911 call early Saturday morning in Inver Grove Heights found a man dead inside the home.

According to a press release, shortly after 2 a.m. police went to the 2100 block of 78th Court East after someone called 911 and hung up. When they arrived they found a man on the floor who was unresponsive and later determined to be deceased.

Officers responding to the 911 call stopped a vehicle leaving the area with three adults who were detained, questioned and then booked on suspicion of murder.

Authorities say the following people were booked at the Dakota County Jail:

• Logan David Slack, 25, of Minneapolis, is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary.
• Fotini Anest West, 25, of Minneapolis, is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary.
• Sean Richard Lumley, 30, of Monticello was booked on suspicion of aiding and abetting murder in the first degree and then released.

Police say the death was not a random incident and that there is no danger to the public.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office will release the victim’s name and cause of death at a later date.

Investigators ask anyone with information about this crime to leave a message on the police tip line at 651-450-2530.

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Column: With Tony La Russa officially done for 2022, speculation on next season’s Chicago White Sox managing job can begin

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Column: With Tony La Russa Officially Done For 2022, Speculation On Next Season’s Chicago White Sox  Managing Job Can Begin
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In early May before a series against the Chicago Cubs, Tony La Russa referred to the White Sox as being in “survival mode.”

“We’re four under, got a chance to win two in a row, but there’s no script for the season,” La Russa said. “That’s probably the most entertaining part of it. You can’t say what’s going to happen. You have to go out there and make things happen.”

If there was a script for the 2022 season, no one would’ve believed it. From beginning to end it has been a series of unforced errors by players, management and La Russa. They always were one hot streak away from living up to expectations, never showing the urgency to make it happen.

Heavy favorites to win the American League Central, the Sox remained in survival mode through August, when La Russa left the team to deal with a heart-related issue. After a brief surge under acting manager Miguel Cairo, they reverted to form over the last week, getting swept by the Cleveland Guardians to fall out of contention.

With the Sox now playing out the string, the announcement was made Saturday that La Russa would not return this season on orders of from his doctors.

Whether this is the end of the story or just a pause is unknown.

It would seem unlikely for general manager Rick Hahn to bring La Russa back in 2023, but crazier things have happened, such as Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf hiring his old friend in the first place after La Russa retired from managing in 2011.

La Russa might have thought it was a push-button job with all the young talent in place. He would walk off with another ring by the time his deal was up after 2023, a second happy ending to a Hall of Fame career. The players seemed to believe the hype as well, as did the media hyping them.

But in the end we were all wrong, myself included. They began Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers one game over .500 with 11 to play, the picture of mediocrity.

How much blame La Russa deserves for the Sox downfall is in the eye of the beholder.

But there is no debating his effect on the Sox culture, once considered the swaggiest in baseball.

For all the talk about how he would relate to Tim Anderson and a group that enjoyed fighting the “fun police,” La Russa let the players do their own thing and had only one publicized incident — throwing Yermin Mercedes under the bus in 2021 in Minnesota for homering on a 3-0 pitch in a Sox blowout.

La Russa came up with excuses for players who didn’t hustle, saying they needed to preserve their legs to avoid injuries. When Anderson bumped an umpire this season to earn a suspension, La Russa falsely claimed the umpire was walking toward Anderson — as if the shortstop were blameless.

It’s no wonder Sox players never had a discouraging word to say about La Russa. He defended them like family and in fact often wore a T-shirt that said “FAMILY” in case the message wasn’t clear enough.

It was only after he left, however, that the family began to play up to its potential and give Sox fans hope the season could be salvaged. That turned out to be false hope, and now the question is what can be done to fix things in 2023.

Hahn on Saturday declined to discuss next year’s plans to reporters at Sox Park, though he lauded Cairo and the coaching staff for “flashes of playing at the level we thought was capable over the course of the entire season.”

Unfortunately for Cairo, those “flashes” provided too small of a sample size to fairly assess whether he would be the right man to take over if the Sox move on from La Russa — or if La Russa moves on from the Sox.

Having Hahn’s endorsement was nice, and Cairo surely has many of the players in his corner. But after the bitter disappointment of this season, there’s a growing sense the Sox will need to do something big this offseason to make amends to the fan base for their suffering.

Does Cairo move the needle with Sox fans? Or do the Sox need to go for a bigger name with experience, gravitas and the ability to help market the team?

The reaction to the La Russa news was, well, the same as it has been all season. Even his health issue hasn’t evoked much sympathy, and most fans were happy he would not return.

If the Sox do decide to bring La Russa back next season, it would be considered a slap in the face to the fan base. But Reinsdorf has done it before, notably with former Sox manager Terry Bevington and former Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Foreman. Few owners of professional teams seem as oblivious to fans’ wishes as Reinsdorf has been over the last four decades.

From a media perspective, La Russa’s return would be bonus points. His fame and strong personality make for good reading, and he’s the king of generating a frenzy on sports-talk radio. La Russa is many things, but boring he’s not.

The Sox haven’t had anyone generate this much publicity since Ozzie Guillén left after battling with then-GM Ken Williams in 2011. After tiring of all the controversies, Williams hired the low-key Robin Ventura in 2012 before Hahn replaced Ventura with the amiable and cliche-spouting Rick Renteria in 2017.

Giving Guillén another shot would be a move that should be considered. It’s doubtful Sox players would be given the go-ahead to jog to first base under Guillén 2.0. But it probably won’t happen. No one has skewered this Sox team more than Guillén on the NBC Sports Chicago pre- and postgame shows. I’m guessing Hahn and Williams would be wary of Guillén upsetting someone’s delicate ego and creating headlines.

Hiring a veteran such as Joe Maddon, Bruce Bochy or Joe Girardi would seem to make perfect sense. Or if Reinsdorf wants a respected former Sox player without experience, A.J. Pierzynski or Jim Thome, a special assistant to Hahn, would be at the head of the list.

There will be plenty of time to debate the candidates once the season ends and La Russa’s fate is announced.

The ending to this strange script has yet to be written.


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Area college football: Bethel rallies past St. John’s 28-24 in battle of MIAC titans

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Area College Football: Bethel Rallies Past St. John’s 28-24 In Battle Of Miac Titans
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There’s a new sheriff in MIAC football. At least, for now.

In a rematch of last year’s conference championship game, Bethel avenged its 2021 loss to St. John’s by taking down the Johnnies 28-24 on Saturday in Arden Hills.

It was the MIAC opener for both teams.

The game was back and forth from the very beginning, with neither team leading by more than seven points, until it was decided when Jaran Roste hooked up with Micah Niewald on a 72-yard touchdown pass with 9:38 left in the game. It was a one-play scoring drive that took all of 11 seconds.

Both offenses were in fine form. The Royals finished with 506 yards offense to the Johnnies’ 414.

St. John’s entered the game ranked No. 2 nationally in NCAA Division III.

Last fall, St. John’s beat Bethel 31-25 during the regular season, then 29-28 in the MIAC championship game.

Carleton 45, Hamline 12: Jonathan Singleton threw three TD passes as the Knights routed the Pipers at Klas Field in St. Paul. Charlie Wilson scored both Hamline TDs, one on a run and the other on a pass from Alejandro Villanueva.

Augsburg 50, St. Scholastica 13: Cade Sheehan completed 26 of 38 passes for 295 yards and four TDs, and Braden Tretter caught 12 passes for 182 yards and two TDs at Edor Nelson Field in Minneapolis as the Auggies improved to 3-0 on the season.

Hope (Mich.) 56, Northwestern-St. Paul 7: The Flying Dutch rolled up 561 yards of offense to spoil the Eagles’ Homecoming game at Reynolds Field in St. Paul, dropping Northwestern to 0-4 on the season.

North Dakota State 34, South Dakota 17: The Bison rushed for 200 yards in the second half and scored 24 unanswered points to beat the Coyotes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener for both teams before a crowd of 6,530 at the DakotaDome in Vermillion, S.D.

South Dakota State 28, Missouri State 14: The Jackrabbits finished with a 475 yards to 258 advantage in total offense, and Mark Gronowski established new career highs with 22 completions (on 29 attempts), 319 yards passing and four TDs in Springfield, Mo.

Minnesota State Mankato 31, Mary 28: The Marauders drove to the Mavericks’ 1-yard line in the final seconds, but Jacob Baulton intercepted a pass in the end zone to preserve the victory for Mankato at Blakeslee Stadium in Mankato, Minn. The Mavericks went ahead with a 60-yard drive in the fourth quarter, capped by Shen Butler-Lawson’s 6-yard TD run with six minutes to play.

Winona State 40, Minnesota Moorhead 7: The Warriors scored every way they could — run (Sam Lloyd), pass (Jack Strand and Kyle Hass), field goal (three, by Jacob Scott), punt return (Tristan Root), interception return (Clay Schueffner) and extra-point kick (four, by Scott) — to overwhelm the Dragons in Winona, Minn.

Sioux Falls 34, Minnesota Duluth 31: Thuro Reisdorfer scored on a 2-yard run with 45 seconds left to help the Cougars escape with the narrow victory in Sioux Falls, S.D., and improve their record to 4-0 this season.

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Tommies overcome midgame lull to roll over Division II Lincoln 43-6

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Tommies Overcome Midgame Lull To Roll Over Division Ii Lincoln 43-6
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St. Thomas’ football game against Division II Lincoln University (Calif.) on Saturday afternoon at O’Shaughnessy Stadium began as though it was going to be a blowout. It ended in a blowout, with the Tommies improving to 2-1 with a 43-6 victory.

In between, enough went wrong for the Tommies to know that they will have to play better moving forward, with Pioneer Football League play beginning next Saturday with a game at Marist.

“I don’t think I have to walk into our meeting tomorrow at noon and say, ‘Guys, there’s a lot of things we have to clean up,’ ” Tommies coach Glenn Caruso said. “These guys understand that. But, they also understand it because the level of expectations is so ridiculously high.

“But as a guy on the sidelines who can see (offense, defense and the kicking game), one side of the ball’s shortcomings are not affecting the two other sides of the ball.”

Lincoln, based in Oakland, Calif., began its football program last year. The Oaklanders have been taking their lumps ever since, but the Tommies insist that they didn’t allow complacency to creep into their game

“We knew they had great athletes,” Tommies linebacker Luke Herzog said. “Their running back is a former All-American at the FCS level. We knew they were dangerous if we took them lightly. I don’t think we’re looking to take any games off.”

Caruso pointed to two lost fumbles and the inability to get the ball into the end zone from inside the red zone on two occasions as things that need to get better.

The Tommies have scored on their first drive in each of their first three games this season, but they have not been able to sustain that success.

“We’ve been great from the jump,” said quarterback Cade Sexauer, who completed 15 of 22 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns. “Where we need to grow now is drives two, three, four, five, where we’ve been hitting that lull.”

For Sexauer, that means “cleaning up the little things,” which will eliminate the Tommies beating themselves, be it on a drive, or, down the road, in a game.

Defensively, Herzog said the Tommies were hurt by some missed assignments, including one of his own.

“We didn’t always do an amazing job of getting off the field,” Caruso said, “but we did enough to put the offense on some shorter fields.”

The Tommies scored touchdowns on their first two possessions, with Sexauer throwing touchdown passes to Jacob Wildermuth and James Klecker. But St. Thomas sputtered on both sides of the ball after that and took a 15-3 lead into halftime.

After a Lincoln field goal, the Tommies added a safety when Herzog tackled the ball carrier in the end zone. On the ensuing free kick, Andrew McElroy nearly ran it all the way back, getting pushed out at the Lincoln 3. Shawn Shipman rushed for a touchdown on the next play for  a 24-6 St. Thomas lead.

The Tommies then blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown to finally gain control of the game.

“Every time someone comes into Palmer Field at O’Shaughnessy they are going to play their absolute best or one of their top-two games of the year,” Caruso said. “It’s happened for nine or 10 years now. And that is a blessing. We work very hard to have the privilege of pressure. But it also allows us to go to work, go to work, go to work.

“Eventually, if you do your job well enough, and long enough, things sort of open up. That’s what you saw today, maybe five to eight minutes into the third quarter.”

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Overdrive takes a closer look

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Overdrive Takes A Closer Look
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Wealth Desk

To buy to sell Maruti-Suzuki to share

In this episode of Overdrive, let’s take a look at the different engine options of the new Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and see if the Hyundai Venue N-Line model is also sportier to drive than the height suggested.

The nameplate has made a comeback in the Indian market with a new crossover that has its underpinnings with the S-Cross but does that make it a catch-all product or is it really a product that deserves the name tag ?

Also, learn more about the Hyundai Venue N-Line model, which is now available in a sportier variant, but is the change cosmetic only or does it grumble and run with intent as well?

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Other voices: Is the pandemic (and the emergency) over or not?

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Other Voices: Is The Pandemic (And The Emergency) Over Or Not?
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President Biden finally dared to say it last week, declaring in an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” that the “pandemic is over.” Various public-health eminences are saying he’s wrong, but his comments recognize the reality of the disease at this stage and the public mood. The trouble is that his Administration still hasn’t lifted its official finding of a COVID public-health emergency.

Eric Topol, the Scripps Research Translational Institute director who is one of America’s leading COVID scolds, tweeted “Wish this was true. What’s over is @POTUS’s and our government’s will to get ahead of it, with magical thinking on the new bivalent boosters. Ignores #LongCovid, inevitability of new variants, and our current incapability for blocking infections and transmission.”

But global COVID deaths in the first week of September were the lowest since March 2020 when the World Health Organization declared COVID a pandemic, and even Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last week said “the end is in sight.”

COVID has become significantly less lethal as most people in the U.S. and world have gained some level of immunity from vaccination or infection. About 400 Americans each day have been dying from COVID this summer; most are elderly or have other medical ailments. It’s still important to protect the vulnerable.

But for most Americans, COVID is no worse than a bad flu. “If you are up-to-date on your vaccines today, and you avail yourself of the treatments, your chances of dying (from) COVID are vanishingly rare and certainly much lower than your risk of getting into trouble with the flu,” White House COVID response coordinator Ashish Jha told National Public Radio.

But if that’s right, why hasn’t the President also declared an end to the public-health and national emergencies? If the pandemic is over, then so is the emergency. Yet the Administration continues to extend the public-health emergency that was first declared in January 2020.

The reason is almost certainly money. A March 2020 COVID law enables the government to hand out billions of dollars in welfare benefits to millions of people as long as the emergency is in effect. This includes more generous food stamps and a restriction on state work requirements. It also limits states from removing from their Medicaid rolls individuals who are otherwise no longer financially eligible. The Foundation for Government Accountability estimates these ineligibles cost nearly $16 billion a month.

Most outrageous, only weeks ago the Administration used a separate national emergency declaration related to the pandemic to legally justify canceling some $500 billion in student debt. An Education Department Office of the General Counsel memo says the pandemic and national emergency enable the Education Secretary to modify federal student aid requirements under the 2003 Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act.

Mr. Biden seems to want it both ways. He wants to reassure Americans tired of restrictions on their way of life that the pandemic is over and they can get on with their lives. But he wants to retain the official emergency so he can continue to expand the welfare state and force states to comply. COVID can’t be an emergency only when it’s politically useful.

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