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Documentary About Influential Rock Manager Danny Fields Available Today at iTunes, On Demand & More

Courtesy of Magnolia PicturesDanny Says, the recent documentary about influential rock publicist, manager and journalist Danny Fields, will be released today via iTunes, Amazon Video and on-demand services, and also will open in select theaters in a number of major U.S. cities. The film chronicles Fields’ eventful life and the role he played in helping introduce the world to such artists as The Stooges, The MC5 and The Ramones.

The movie features interviews with Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, the late Tommy Ramone, Judy Collins, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer and Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, who all share colorful anecdotes about Fields.

After dropping out of Harvard Law School, Fields began hanging out at Andy Warhol‘s famous New York City art studio The Factory, befriending such music artists as Lou Reed and Nico. He later became director of publicity for Elektra, working with such acts as The Doors, The Stooges, The MC5 and Collins.

Fields later went on to manage The Ramones, who immortalized him in their 1979 song “Danny Says.” In trailer for the film, Fields recalls how he first reacted to seeing the punk pioneers perform. “The Ramones knocked me over like an atomic wind,” he says. “I just said right away, ‘I want to be your manager.'”

Check out the trailer and find out where upcoming screenings of the film will take place at

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Meat Loaf Says His “Hypnotic” New Album, “Braver than We Are,” Is a Tribute to Collaborator Jim Steinman

429 RecordsFor his latest album, Braver than We Are, Meat Loaf reunited with Jim Steinman, who wrote all the songs on his classic Bat Out of Hell records. The new release, which debuted this week at #11 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart, features 10 songs composed by Steinman throughout his long career, including some of the first tunes he ever wrote.

Meat Loaf tells ABC Radio that he thinks Braver than We Are is “hypnotic,” and considers it a tribute to his longtime collaborator. He explains that in putting it together, he pored through 35 or 40 Steinman compositions and “picked the ones that I’d always wanted to do.”

The singer says he felt like he was picking up where he left off with Steinman, who last collaborated with him on 2006’s Bat Out of Hell III.

“[It’s like] we never left,” Meat Loaf maintains. “We’re completely opposite [personalities], but when it becomes artistic we’re like one.”

Braver than We Are is filled with lengthy, theatrical songs showcasing such musical genres as rock, pop, gospel, classical and opera. Meat Loaf tells ABC Radio that he’d initially wanted the album to run together as one long piece, “like a Mozart record.”

Two songs on the album, “Skull of Our Country” and “Souvenirs,” feature lyrics and melodies that also appear in two of Steinman’s best-known compositions — Bonnie Tyler‘s chart-topping “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and Meat Loaf’s “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.” Meat Loaf reveals that “Skull” and “Souvenirs” actually were written early in Steinman’s career and that he repurposed parts of those tunes while creating the hit songs.

As for how he feels about Braver than We Are, Meat Loaf says, “I’ve actually listened to this record more times than all the other records I made [cumulatively].”

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Robbie Robertson to Release Companion Album to Memoir, “Testimony,” in November

PRNewsFoto/UMeRobbie Robertson, the lead guitarist and main songwriter of The Band, will be publishing a memoir titled Testimony on November 15, and has now announced plans to release a career-spanning audio companion to the book November 11. The 18-track album features live and studio recordings by the lauded musician’s influential roots-rock group, select solo tunes, songs by his pre-Band outfits Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks and Levon & The Hawks, and Bob Dylan tunes on which he played.

Among the well-known Band songs that appear on Testimony are live renditions of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Life Is a Carnival,” “The Weight” and “The Shape I’m In.” The album also includes Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” and “Obviously 5 Believers,” which both were featured on the folk-rock legend’s classic 1966 album, Blonde on Blonde. In addition, the compilation features Robertson’s solo gem “Somewhere Down the Crazy River,” from his self-titled 1987 debut, as well as a brand-new mix of another tune from that album, “Testimony.” The latter song features contributions from U2, Ivan Neville, Daniel Lanois, Chic‘s Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, and jazz great Gil Evans.

As previously reported, in the Testimony book, Robertson will recount his life story and his adventures with his musical comrades in The Band, from their days playing bars with rockabilly singer Hawkins through to their famed 1976 farewell concert, The Last Waltz. The memoir will include Robbie’s recollections of his and his band mates tenure as Dylan’s backing group and their development into a formidable original musical outfit in their own right.

The Testimony album will be released on the same day as the just-announced deluxe audio and video packages celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Last Waltz.

Here is the Testimony track list:

“Testimony (Unity Mix)” — Robbie Robertson
“Bessie Smith” — The Band
“Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” — Bob Dylan
“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” (Live at The Academy of Music, 1971) — The Band
“He Don’t Love You (And He’ll Break Your Heart)” — Levon & The Hawks
“Somewhere Down the Crazy River” — Robbie Robertson
“Life Is a Carnival” (Live at The Academy of Music, 1971) — The Band
“It Makes No Difference” — The Band
“The Weight” (Live at The Academy of Music, 1971) — The Band
“Out of the Blue” — The Band
“I’m Gonna Play the Honky Tonks” — Levon & The Hawks
“Obviously 5 Believers” — Bob Dylan
“Soap Box Preacher” — Robbie Robertson
“Twilight (Song Sketch)” — The Band
“Come Love” — Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks
“When the Night Was Young” — Robbie Robertson
“The Shape I’m In” (Live at The Academy of Music, 1971) — The Band
“Unbound” — Robbie Robertson

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“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” “Deepwater Horizon” Among Weekend’s New Films

Eva Green in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”; Jay Maidment/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide today:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children — In Tim Burton’s latest flick, a boy named Jake discovers a refuge for kids with strange abilities. Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson star in the film, which is based on the novel of the same name. Rated PG-13.

* Deepwater Horizon — The Peter Berg-directed drama depicts the 2010 explosion of the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 people.  Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Kate Hudson star.  Rated PG-13.

* Masterminds — Zach Galifianakis is an armored car driver who’s set up by a group of criminals who use him to rob millions of dollars. Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones also star. Rated PG-13.

* Queen of Katwe — The drama is a true story of a young girl in rural Uganda who becomes a chess champion. David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga star. Rated PG.

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Vice President Joe Biden Blasts Donald Trump on “The Tonight Show”

Andrew Lipovsky/NBC(NEW YORK) — Jimmy Fallon welcomed Vice President Joe Biden to The Tonight Show on Thursday, and Biden didn’t mince words when it came to assessing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s performance at the first presidential debates.

“What amazes me about Donald Trump…is his lack of sensibility,” Biden noted. “I mean, the way he talks about, ‘Well you know, I was rooting for the housing market to fail’…because that’s business. That’s not business. That’s callous…or that, ‘I paid no takes and that makes me smart.'” 

Added Biden, “What does that make the rest of us, suckers?”

As for Trump’s foreign policy, Biden warned, “I don’t even think he understands how much damage he does by what he’s already said…Europe…especially Central and Eastern Europe is scared to death about what [Russian president Vladimir] Putin may or may not do.”

“There’s hope…he found out Crimea is part of Ukraine, he joked.

Not surprisingly, the vice president had praise for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, whom he called “one of the brightest people I’ve ever known.” He defended her unpopularity with some voters by insisting that “everybody…wants the ideal candidate.”

“I learned how to become the ideal candidate,” noted Biden: “Announce you’re not running for president.”  Biden was briefly the subject of a campaign to convince him to seek the Democratic nomination, even after he announced he wouldn’t.

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Review: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (PG-13)

Eva Green in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”; Jay Maidment/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) — I don’t know whose idea it was to have director Tim Burton adapt Ransom Riggs’ 2011 novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but I do know I’d like to buy that person a drink. The idea was like matching Burton with Johnny Depp. Perfect.

Asa Butterfield stars as Jake, an ordinary – maybe less than ordinary – teenager living in South Florida, whose grandfather, Abe (Terence Stamp), is killed.  Everybody else thinks Abe died of natural cause, but Jake, who witnessed Abe’s death, saw a monster not far from where he found his grandfather, though nobody believes him.  Furthermore, before Abe passes, he utters some sort of riddle to Jake about an island, a loop, a bird and 1943.  I won’t give you the direct quote because it’s best to hear the amazing Mr. Stamp say it.

Abe’s death hits Jake hard – he was closer to his grandfather than he is to his own father.  Abe would spend countless hours regaling Jake with stories of his own childhood, one spent on a British island in a special home run by a Miss Peregrine (Eva Green).  Jake’s therapist (Allison Janney) suggests Jake’s family take him to the island where Miss Peregrine’s home supposedly is. When they get there, Jake learns the home was destroyed by a Nazi bomber in 1943.  And that’s when the children of Miss Peregrine’s home discover Jake.


The children, led by Emma Bloom (Ella Purnell), were sent to the future by Miss Peregrine to bring back Jake. As it turns out, Miss Peregrine is what’s known as an Ymbryne, a woman who can create time loops – making the same day recur over and over – for the sole purpose of protecting “peculiar” children, who are a lot like the mutants we’ve become accustomed to from the X-Men series.

Instead of “mutant powers,” these kids have “peculiarities.” For instance, Emma is light as air.  One of the little girls is as strong as ten men, while another has a mouth in the back of her head.  There’s an invisible boy, another who has bees in his body, and another who can project his dreams through his eyes, just like a movie projector.

As it happens, Miss Peregrine’s powers, and those of every other Ymbryne, are an issue because several former peculiar children, led by Dr. Barron (Samuel L. Jackson), have been attempting to harness the Ymbrynes’ powers to achieve immortality.  And some of those former children are now monsters whose only way to survive is by eating human eyeballs. Yummy!

Tim Burton pulls off a neat trick here. The story, which deviates slightly from the book, sticks to a familiar formula, and everything here is derivative of Harry Potter, X-Men, and Hot Tub Time Machine.  Ok, it’s not remotely derivative of Hot Tub Time Machine, but it’s clearly derivative of the rest.  But even so, this film feels completely original and, most importantly, like a Tim Burton film.  It’s gorgeous, it’s creepy, it’s mystical, it’s engrossing and enchanting.

The movie fan in me loves Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  The movie critic in me found a few flaws, but forgivable ones.

Four out of five stars.

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California Police Shooting Protests Turn Violent, Two Arrests Made

iStock/Thinkstock(EL CAJON, Calif.) — Protests of a police shooting in El Cajon, California turned violent late Thursday night, with groups of people throwing bottles and other objects at police and smashing car windows.

Thursday marked the third consecutive night of protests in the city of about 100,000 in San Diego County.

The unrest first began on Tuesday, when police fatally shot an unarmed black man who they say ignored officers’ commands and assumed a “shooting stance,” after being confronted in the parking lot of a restaurant.

A group of between 50 and 75 protesters occupied an intersection on Thursday night, police said. Some of the protesters stopped passing vehicles and smashed car windows.

“At one point, an assault took place between the protesters and a motorcyclist who was knocked off of his motorcycle,” the El Cajon Police Department said in a statement.

Police said they arrived at the scene and ordered the demonstrators to disperse after they received numerous 911 calls about a disturbance.

People in the group began hurling glass bottles at officers, and the police responded with pepper balls, according to the police statement.

Police said they arrested two males, a 19-year-old and a 28-year-old, both from El Cajon.

In an interview with ABC News, El Cajon’s mayor, Bill Wells, defended the city’s police department but said he understands the frustrations people are expressing after Tuesday’s shooting.

“We have a great police department,” Wells told ABC News.

“There are a lot of people who don’t feel heard in this debate,” he added. “They feel the system is stacked against them, they feel that justice is not being done. I understand why people don’t accept that. We need a dialogue about this more and more. People are pretty upset … and I get it.”

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Nick Hillary’s Daughter Says Race Was ‘Definitely’ a Factor in Garrett Phillips Murder Case

ABC News(POTSDAM, N.Y.) — Nick Hillary, one of the small number of black men in the small upstate New York village of Potsdam, was found not guilty Wednesday morning in the murder of his white ex-girlfriend’s 12-year-old son. While Hillary is now a free man, to his eldest child, 19-year-old Shanna, race “definitely [did] play a factor” in the murder accusation that turned Hillary’s life upside-down.

The village of Potsdam was nearly 90 percent white and less than 3 percent black in 2010 — the year before 12-year-old Garrett Phillips’ murder in October 2011.

“For anyone to say, ‘Oh, if, you know, even if your dad was white, they would have questioned him’ — I don’t think they would have gotten as far as it was, like, if he was white,” she said. “Doesn’t matter where you are, with everything going on, race is always a factor.”

But Shanna, who describes her father as loving, caring and easygoing, told ABC News’ “20/20” during the trial that Hillary is “a really strong person,” adding that she’s “leaning on him more than him leaning on me” during the trial.

“He doesn’t really, like, burden anything on me,” she said, “but from what I can see from the outside, he’s still strong, so doesn’t matter what they throw at him, he’s going to come out on top.”

It was late 2010 when Hillary and Garrett’s mother, Tandy Cyrus, became a couple, and when they moved in together, Shanna moved in with them, too. Altogether, it was a household of five, including Cyrus’ children, then-fifth-grader Garrett and his younger brother Aaron.

Shanna called her relationship with her father’s then-girlfriend “strained at best.”

“This situation wasn’t like, ‘Hi, this is so and so. Nice to meet you,’ it was more like, ‘OK, I have to meet you,'” she said. “Did we have, like, girl nights where we were up all night watching movies and eating popcorn and doing our nails? No.

“I think it was a mutual thing,” she continued. “I didn’t necessarily participate in the whole family gathering type of stuff.”

And of adapting to living with two energetic young boys, Shanna said, “It was like, ‘Oh, meet your new siblings,’ and now you have to get to know them and, like, not step on each other’s toes and, like, figure out how to coexist in the same place.”

Garrett “definitely had a lot of energy,” Shanna said. “He was always on the go.”

Hillary and Cyrus broke up in the summer of 2011, and soon after, they stopped living together.

“I was happy that my dad and I lived in our own place together ’cause it gave me a lot more freedom to just relax,” Shanna said. “It was like I don’t have someone breathing down my neck all the time.”

Garrett, his mother and his younger brother had been in their new apartment for just a few months when Garrett was murdered on Oct. 24, 2011. Two days later, Hillary was taken in for questioning. He was not arrested.

But for Shanna, the suspicion that plagued her father gave her a “very short window at the time to be sad” over Garrett’s death, she said.

“When it first happened, I was sad, I was really sad about it ’cause I’ve known him for about a year … but I didn’t get to be sad for long,” she said. “When I think of his passing away, instead of … trying to remember good times, everything in my face now is them trying to hunt my dad down for it.”

To Shanna, the investigation into Hillary felt like “they picked what they wanted to happen and they tried to find ways to make it fit, even though that’s not what happened.”

Shanna, now a junior studying biology at Clarkson University, where Hillary used to coach soccer, took time off from school to come to court as her dad’s alibi witness. She told ABC News she’s “eager for the whole ordeal to be over.”

“It’s been going on for so long, and every time you think that you’re done, something else comes up,” she said. “I’m ready to, like, move on. … It’s in every part of my life. So, when I’m supposed to be enjoying myself in college, I have all of this other stuff behind me, worrying.”

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Firefighters Rescue Dog Trapped at Bottom of 40-Foot-Deep Well

Monkey Business Images/iStock/Thinkstock(MCDONOUGH, Ga.) — Firefighters saved the life of an elderly dog after he somehow fell down a 40-foot-deep well in McDonough, Georgia, according to county officials.

The yellow Labrador retriever named Bama was “desperately trying to keep [his] head above water,” when animal control officers found him on Monday afternoon, according to a post on the Henry County Animal Care and Control Department’s Facebook page.

The officers “realized that an extraction of this sort was beyond [their] capabilities,” so they immediately contacted the Henry County Fire Department for help, said a spokesperson for the county’s animal care and control department.

“We affectionately call them the ‘Batman Department’ because they have all the ‘cool toys’ and specialized equipment for situations like this that animal control departments don’t have,” the spokesperson told ABC News.

The fire department’s Technical Rescue Team shortly arrived on the scene and worked for over three hours to rescue Bama, according to Capt. Michael Black, public information officer for the Henry County Fire Department.

The rescue team first pumped oxygen down the 40-foot-deep well before lowering a firefighter to get Bama back up, Black told ABC News today.

“The dog was really friendly, and when he was out, he even seemed like he was going around to thank everyone,” Black said. He added that Bama was determined to be OK and turned over to his owner without further incident.

It appeared that the dog had accidentally fallen into the well, which is located in the backyard of his owner’s neighbors’ house, while “hanging out” there that afternoon, Black said.

Bama’s owner, James House, told ABC affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, that he “didn’t even know” Bama had fallen in the well “until they had already got him” out.

“I know it must have been scary for him,” House said. “I brought him home and hugged him — mud and all.”

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Ryder Cup Heckler Wins $100 Bet by Making Putt Rory McIlroy Missed

iStock/Thinkstock(CHASKA, Minn.) — One of the most famous contests in golf saw one of the most impressive displays on a green in Ryder Cup history, and it didn’t even come from one of the players.

David Johnson, a spectator during the practice round on Thursday at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota, watched Team Europe’s Rory McIlroy and teammate Andy Sullivan as they tried and failed repeatedly to sink their putts.

Johnson yelled from the crowd behind the ropes of the eighth green that he could make the 12-footer.

In general, pros tune out boasts from hecklers and play on, but when teammate Henrik Stenson heard the heckler bragging about his own short game, he made Johnson put his money where his mouth was — literally.

Justin Rose laid down a $100 bill on the grass next to the ball, about 12-feet from the hole. Johnson settled his stance, looked over the ball, gave it a firm tap and sunk the putt.

The North Dakota native threw his hands up in celebration as the crowd erupted and all four of the Team Europe players shared congratulatory high fives and hugs.

“It was one of those roars,” Johnson told ABC News. “I compare it to the movie Tin Cup. If you remember, at the end of Tin Cup, when he scores a 13 on the final hole and everyone just goes nuts and that’s kinda what it reminded me of.”

He added: “I just soaked it in and enjoyed every minute of it.”

The players on the green signed the winning golf ball. As for the $100 bill, Johnson said he is going to frame it and hang it in his office.

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First Round of Sprint Cup’s Chase Wraps Up This Weekend

Hemera/Thinkstock(DOVER, Del.) — The first round of the Sprint Cup Series’ Chase comes to an end this weekend at Dover International Speedway.

The Delaware track will host the Citizen Soldier 400 Sunday afternoon. NBCSN’s coverage of the race begins at 2 p.m. ET.

This is the third race in the Chase. Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick won the first two races.

Twelve of the 16 Chase drivers will advance into the next round.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 9/29/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Seattle 3, Oakland 2
Tampa Bay 5, Chi White Sox 3  
N-Y Yankees 5, Boston 1
Baltimore 4, Toronto 0
Minnesota 7, Kansas City 6
Cleveland at Detroit (postponed)


L.A. Dodgers 9, San Diego 4
San Francisco 7, Colorado 2
Washington 5, Arizona 3
Chi Cubs 1, Pittsburgh 1, 6 Innings
Atlanta 5, Philadelphia 2
St. Louis 4, Cincinnati 3


Cincinnati 22, Miami 7


 (6) Houston 42, UConn 14

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Obama Remembers Shimon Peres, Says Mideast Peace ‘Unfinished Business’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(JERUSALEM) — In remarks at Shimon Peres’s funeral in Israel on Friday, President Obama eulogized the former president for showing that “justice and hope are at the heart of the Zionist idea.”

Obama began his remarks by being the only speaker to acknowledge the attendance of Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, calling it “a gesture and a reminder of the unfinished business of peace.”

Obama then went on to paint Peres as a man whose vision for Israel at times seemed trapped between critics on the far left and far right.

“Whatever he shared with his family or his closest friends, to the world he brushed off the critics, and I know from my conversations with him that his pursuit of peace was never naive,” Obama said.

Obama chronicled Peres’ work to attain security for the state of Israel, as well as peace with the Palestinians, pointing out to the attendees that “of course we gather here in the knowledge that Shimon never had his dream of peace fulfilled.”

“The region is going through a chaotic time. Threats are ever present,” Obama said. “And yet he did not stop dreaming and he did not stop working.”

Obama continued to draw parallels with himself and Peres throughout the speech by recounting their meetings together, saying, “I could somehow see myself in his story and maybe he could see himself in mine.”

“In many ways, he reminded me of some other giants of the 20th century that I’ve had the honor to meet,” Obama said. “Leaders who have seen so much, whose lives span such momentous epics that they find no need to posture, or traffic in what’s popular in the moment, people who speak with depth and knowledge, not in soundbites. They find no interest in polls or fads.”

“He knew better than the cynic that if you look out over the arc of history, human beings should be filled not with fear but with hope.”

In 2012, Obama honored Peres at the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, praising him for his efforts to broker peace with the Palestinians and his status as one of the founding fathers of the state of Israel.

During the ceremony, Obama was seated alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The two leaders met earlier this month for what was assumed to be their final formal meeting of Obama’s tenure, capping off years of a tenuous relationship by announcing a new military aid package to Israel, the largest in U.S. history.

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University of Alberta Responds to Racist Signage

jonathansemrok/iStock/Thinkstock(EDMONTON, Canada) — The University of Alberta found a unique way of responding to a racist incident.  

Students and faculty were shocked when someone put up posters of a Sikh man with the phrase “F*** your Turban” and wanted to do something to flight such blatant racism.

Rafaela Mancuso and hundreds of others put together and event called “Turban, eh?”

“This is more than I thought, they brought everyone,” Mancuso said.

People of many ethnic backgrounds had colorful Sikh turbans wound around their heads.

“Right now, we’re putting forward our vision of Canada, and I feel our vision is a little more popular than theirs,” fellow organizer Arundeep Singh Sandhu said.

University of Alberta President David Turpin said the event better represents the school and the country.

The university is still trying to find out who was responsible for the anti-immigrant posters.

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Syrian Military Video Shows Destruction of Aleppo as City Awaits Aid

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — A new video shows parts of Aleppo in ruins, as humanitarian organizations call for an end to the Syrian government’s recent offensive on the eastern part of the city.

In the video, released by the Syrian military, Syrian soldiers are walking around damaged areas and aiming with guns. Buildings in the neighborhood have been reduced to rubble.

Meanwhile, the besieged part of eastern Aleppo is still waiting for humanitarian assistance amid an upsurge of violence. For weeks, the United Nations has had aid loaded on vehicles parked by the Turkish border waiting for a green light to enter the besieged city, where up to 275,000 people are in need of food, water, shelter and medical supplies, according to the U.N.

Initially, 40 aid trucks were ready to enter — but due to increased violence and an attack on an aid convoy, the aid was suspended. Only 20 of the 40 trucks now remain at the border, according to the U.N. The other 20 had to move to make room for other traffic. The aid will instead be distributed in other places inside Syria.

“Obviously, the humanitarian situation inside east Aleppo is going from bad to worse,” David Swanson, spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told ABC News. “The situation even before this recent upsurge in violence was dire with many people lacking access to food, health, shelter and water. Between 250,000 and 275,000 people are now living without proper access to running drinking water. Right now, 20 trucks are standby and ready to enter as soon as the latest round of violence improves.”

Airstrikes intensified after the Syrian military declared an offensive against eastern Aleppo on Sept. 22 — a few days after announcing that a U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire had ended.

On Tuesday, a girl was rescued from under the rubble of a destroyed building in east Aleppo’s al-Shaar neighborhood. It took four hours to get her out of the building and she was the only survivor, according to the White Helmets, a group of unarmed, nonpartisan rescue workers in Syria. At least 24 people were killed and 15 wounded, said the White Helmets. Activists said the girl lost 16 members of her family in the attack.

Thursday morning, warplanes dropped bombs on the only bakery in the town of Anadan in the northern countryside of Aleppo. The bakery is now out of service, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Most of the residents have already left the town due to persistent government airstrikes, the observatory said.

On Wednesday, two major hospitals in east Aleppo were attacked and are now out of service, including the besieged area’s largest trauma and ICU center.

“Let us be clear. Those using ever more destructive weapons know exactly what they are doing. They know they are committing war crimes,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a speech Wednesday. “Imagine the destruction. People with limbs blown off. Children in terrible pain with no relief. Infected. Suffering. Dying, with nowhere to go and no end in sight. Imagine a slaughterhouse. This is worse. Even a slaughterhouse is more humane. Hospitals, clinics, ambulances and medical staff in Aleppo are under attack around the clock.”

According to Physicians for Human Rights, 95 percent of medical personnel who were in Aleppo before the war have fled, been detained, or were killed. Only some 30 doctors are believed to be left in the rebel-held part of Aleppo.

“Attacking hospitals, aid convoys, and rescue workers is beyond horrific,” said Zaher Sahloul, a doctor and founder of the American Relief Coalition for Syria, a coalition of humanitarian organizations that provide assistance in Syria. “Every day brings new levels of horror for the people of Aleppo. By standing by and letting these attacks continue, it tells us the world has lost its moral compass.”

Activists say that government and Russian forces have used bunker-buster bombs to target people sheltering underground and cluster bombs to maximize the number of injured and killed in Aleppo.

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Today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day was an accident after the artist’s wife mistakenly sent it to Paramount executives who were looking for music for a film. It turned out to be one of the highest grossing songs ever written for a film. It would be one of two songs from the movie soundtrack that was nominated for an Oscar in 1983 but the other song would win – that was “Flashdance” by Irene Cara. The song sent by mistake to Paramount by Mrs. Michael Sembello was “Maniac” and it’s today’s 101 #1 Song of the Day.


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Bus Driver pulls all 20 kids off burning bus – then goes back to make sure no one was left behind.

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