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Shia LaBeouf Live Streams Himself Watching His Movies for Three Straight Days

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Just when America thought child actor/former blockbuster starlet/ art freak basket case Shia LaBeouf’s decision-making could not get any more peculiar, he decided to stream himself watching the bulk of his filmography for three days straight, a performance art project named #ALLMYMOVIES.

Yes, for 36 consecutive hours, we can all watch LaBeouf watch himself… in a frigid New York City movie theater…with buttered popcorn and Coca Cola…for no apparent reason.

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Remember that ‘90s Jim Carey movie The Truman Show, in which Carey played this super nice, super normal guy unaware that every single second of his life has been filmed and broadcast to the entire world since before he was even born? This is pretty similar. Except that film was awesome and this is…different.

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Witch hunt for Carson? Questions arise about Carson’s past (Opinion)

by KATIE BEMB

Over the last few days, one presidential candidate in particular has received extensive media attention: Ben Carson.

Carson’s campaign manager has mentioned that it seems that some journalists are on a witch hunt for Carson, digging into his past and looking for anything they can find to discredit him.

On Friday, Politico published an article detailing Carson’s supposed “fabrication” of information concerning the alleged scholarship that he was offered to West Point Military Academy. In Carson’s autobiography, Gifted Hands, he briefly mentions that a general involved with his high school ROTC program offered him a scholarship to West Point. Continue reading Witch hunt for Carson? Questions arise about Carson’s past (Opinion)

Rachel Dolezal Makes Primetime Again on Panel Talk Show “The Real”

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Self-proclaimed trans racial figure Rachel Dolezal came to the set of FOX’s newest daytime talk show The Real last week for another opportunity to clear her name and set her story’s record straight.

Dolezal, who made headlines over the summer when sources revealed that the former NAACP Washington chapter president and African American studies professor identifies as a black woman despite her biologically Caucasian descent.

Dolezal previously talked to both CNN and the Today Show about her racial character and history, but her latest public appearance includes “The Real,” which features an ethnically diverse panel of African-American, Latino, Asian and bi-racial women.

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Inspiration V. Imitation: Is Adele’s “Hello” A Record-Breaking Rip-Off?

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Although Adele’s return to music is dominating the charts after her three-year hiatus, some are now drawing comparisons between the celebrated singer-songwriter’s new song “Hello” and 1980’s rock musician Tom Waits’s “Martha.”

Waits’s record from 1973 contain dissimilar chords and style, but lyrically, “Martha” and “Hello” seem to share the same subject matter.

While Adele writes, “Hello, it’s me, I was wondering/ If after all these years you’d like to meet to go over everything/ They say that time’s supposed to heal, yeah/ But I ain’t done much healing,” 42 years ago Waits also wrote about reaching out to an ex-lover over the phone.

“Hello, hello there, is this Martha? This is old Tom Frost/And I am calling long distance, don’t worry ’bout the cost.’/Cause it’s been forty years or more, now Martha please recall/ Meet me out for coffee, where we’ll talk about it all,” he sang.

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Tamir Rice’s Story Represents The Controversy Behind Airsoft Guns

by EMILY KALLMYER

Airsoft: Fake Guns, Real Issues from Emily Kallmyer on Vimeo.

Airsoft is a growing trend among young people, who are often attracted to the realism of the guns. But while they may be just toys, there have been a number of recent encounters between police and possessors of these fake weapons.

Last November, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed when police mistook his airsoft gun for a real gun.

This week, a grand jury has been evaluating evidence to determine whether the officers involved should be criminally charged.

Cases like these are why police are encouraging airsoft enthusiasts to take extra precautions and play responsibly.

Box Office Update: Is 2015’s Success Streak Officially Over?

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Despite huge Hollywood starlets, “bankable” sequels and the power of 1980s memorabilia, numbers at the box office remain dismal this fall after a prosperous blockbuster-packed summer.

Just months ago, it felt like everything the mainstream film industry supplied to the public was thriving as familiar ensemble casts, new comers and reboots alike flooded silver screens with creations people responded heavily to.

Films such as Pitch Perfect 2, Trainwreck and Disney Pixar’s Inside Out drove viewers off their couches and Netflix accounts, and into those theater seats.

Summer releases Jurassic World, Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Minions now reside in the world’s top 10 most grossing films of all time, alongside movies like Titanic, Frozen and Avatar.

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However, the flourishing phase seems to be dwindling down as recent films take in less money than producers predicted, including the highly anticipated biographical film Steve Jobs, starring Oscar-nominated actor Michael Fassbender, directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle and written by renowned screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

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Syrian refugee crisis: What is America’s responsibility? (Opinon)

by KATIE BEMB

The United States of America has been facing a moral dilemma over the past three years as Syrian refugees have fled their war-ravaged nation in search of sanctuary. Millions of refugees have flooded Europe, and now the question is: what is our responsibility in all of this? We aren’t the only nation struggling to answer this question. This is a global issue with the potential to be a game changer in foreign relations.

Many insist that the United States has a moral obligation to assist other countries in hosting Syrian refugees. The jarring photos taken of Syrian refugees have stirred hearts and inspired humanitarian efforts worldwide to take on this cause.

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Hyattsville Set to Install Solar-Powered Trash Compactors Around Town

by MARYAM OUTLAW

BigBelly Solar, a renewable energy waste-compacting trashcan company, will partner with Hyattsville’s Environment Committee, as a way to mitigate the city’s littering problem.

As large and enclosed solar-paneled containers with Wi-Fi, BigBelly trash cans compact garbage, convert the compiled trash into compost on site and then send a text message to sanitation workers when full for pick up.

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While the trash compactors are already present in major cities such as Philadelphia, Miami and New York, Hyattsville will be the first city in Prince George’s County to install BigBellys.

In addition to commercial parts of Hyattsville, Environment Committee Chair Jim Groves said the committee wants to place the bins in parks to eliminate overflowing trashcans. According to Groves, trash blowing everywhere on windy days can create huge problems for the city’s playgrounds and green life.

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Official Trailer Recap and What It Tells Us

by SAMUEL ANTEZANA

During Monday Night Football’s halftime, the heavily anticipated full-length trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was revealed, causing a stir on the Internet and getting fans riled up for the seventh installment in the legendary series.

Being a huge Star Wars fan myself, I took to the internet soon after I watched the trailer during halftime of the Giants vs. Eagles game. I was curious to see other people’s perspectives on the trailer and what fan theories people already created.

As I spent some time scrolling down the YouTube comments for the trailer, many fans already began asking questions, such as, “Where is Luke?” or “Who is Kylo Ren?” Some fans even theorized as to whether or not classic characters such as Han Solo would be killed off or not. The overwhelmingly positive response to the trailer was apparent throughout much of the comment section.

Aside from theories, what we know thus far is that the main characters appear to be Rey and Finn because of the extended screen time they received during the two and a half minute trailer. Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, appears to be a wanderer of the dessert planet, Jaku. When a woman’s voice asks her who she is, Rey proclaims “I’m no one.” However, this does not seem to be the case as she is the focus of the trailer.

From left to right: Finn and Rey, Courtesy of Telegraph.co.uk

The other prominent face seen throughout the trailer is Finn, played by John Boyega. Finn appears to be a soldier who has deserted the Empire and has “nothing to fight for.” It seems he will be a primary character in the movie because he is seen wielding a blue lightsaber, signifying him to be a Jedi Knight (who is possibly still in training).

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Phi Beta Sigma Hosts Panel to Discuss Police Brutality

by KATIE BEMB

The Epsilon Psi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity hosted a police conduct panel at Adele H. Stamp Student Union to discuss police brutality and how to stay safe on campus Oct. 12.

Senior civil and environmental engineering major Kye Hodge, the fraternity president, contacted panelists as well as moderated the discussion, which also included audience questions and commentary.

Panelists included Magistrate Judge Charles Bernard Day, Major Kenneth Calvert and University of Maryland student activist and sociology major Colin Byrd.

Courtesy LinkedIn: Charles Bernard Day serves as a US Magistrate Judge. He is an alumnus of the University of Maryland and a former member of Phi Beta Sigma.
Courtesy of LinkedIn: Charles Bernard Day serves as a US Magistrate Judge. He is an alumnus of the University of Maryland and a former member of Phi Beta Sigma.
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Courtesy of LinkedIn: Major Kenneth Calvert serves as Assistant Chief of Police at University of Maryland Police Department.
Courtesy BMore news: Colin Byrd is a student activist at UMD.
Courtesy of BMore news: Colin Byrd is a student activist at UMD.

Day, Calvert and Byrd discussed citizens’ rights, laws about filming arrest, the act of taking phones into police custody for evidence and how officers handle recently heightened sensitivity towards police brutality given its now racially-charged reputation.

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