dailyphoto090424Thriller “Obsessed” Leads New Releases
The final weekend of the spring box office season boasts four new pictures in wide release. As for picking a winner, lots of luck. But it does seem certain “17 Again” will relinquish the box office crown, with an expected second-weekend tally of $12 million or so for the Zac Efron comedy. It’s considered likely that at least one or more of the new pictures will register a bit more than that. But which one will finish first? That’s much less clear. The Sony thriller “Obsessed” looks capable of attracting at least mid-teen millions through Sunday, though its ultimate haul hinges greatly on how it draws outside of core urban demos. The cast includes Beyonce Knowles (“Dreamgirls”), Idris Elba (“28 Weeks Later”) and Ali Larter (“Resident Evil: Extinction”). (Continue Reading…)

Obama: World’s People Must Resist Hatred, Racism
President Barack Obama stood Thursday with Jewish leaders at a solemn Holocaust remembrance in a cavernous Capitol hall, proclaiming: “Never again.” Obama warned against what he called the dangers of silence, saying that every day, somewhere in the world people must resist the urge to turn away from scenes of horror, hate, injustice and intolerance. All people, he said, must “fight the impulse to turn the channel” from distressing TV images of suffering, the sort of inhumanity known not only in the time of Nazi Germany, but more recently in Northern Ireland, Rwanda and Darfur. Obama declared that people cannot wrap themselves “in the false comfort that others’ sufferings are not our own.” The president also called for people to “make a habit of empathy, to recognize ourselves in each other.” (Continue Reading…)

Prison May Explain Black Health Disparity
The U.S. prison system punishes more than just its inmates — it also takes a toll on the health of friends and loved ones left behind, researchers said. University of Michigan researchers found that people with a family member or friend in prison or jail suffer worse physical and mental health and more stress and depressive symptoms than those without a loved one behind bars. Lead researchers Daniel Kruger of the University of Michigan School of Public Health said the study results could help explain health disparities between minorities and whites. “African-Americans are more likely to know someone in prison and to feel closer to the person incarcerated than whites do,” Kruger said in a statement. “It’s like a double whammy.” (Continue Reading…)

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