21 August 2014

Colorado's Mark Udall gets ad boost in Senate race

FILE - This July 9, 2014 file phoyo shows Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. speakin on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republican Senate hopeful Cory Gardner's opposition to abortion rights "is way too extreme for Colorado," women voters say in ads Senate Democrats' campaign arm began running Thursday. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, or DSCC, ordered $1 million in ads to run for the next two weeks, the group’s first advertising to help first-term Sen. Mark Udall and his close re-election bid. Millions of dollars already had been spent in Colorado and millions more were expected to come in the final push toward Election Day. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Senate hopeful Cory Gardner's opposition to abortion rights "is way too extreme for Colorado," women voters say in ads Senate Democrats' campaign arm began running Thursday.


21 August 2014

Israeli air strike kills three Hamas commanders in Gaza

Smoke rises following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike in GazaBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip in an air strike on Thursday and said it would continue to target the group's armed leadership after a ceasefire failed. Hamas, which dominates Gaza, named the men as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum, the three highest-ranking casualties it has announced since Israel started its offensive six weeks ago. All three, killed in the bombing of a house in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, had led operations against Israel over the past 20 years, the Islamist movement said. The Israeli military and Shin Bet, the internal security service, confirmed it had targeted two of the men.


21 August 2014

Dutch to send flak jackets, helmets to Iraq Kurds

Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters take position on the front line in Khazer, August 14, 2014 in Iraqi KurdistanThe Netherlands is to send 1,000 flak jackets and helmets to Iraqi Kurds to help with their fight against the Islamic State, the Dutch government said on Thursday. "It has been decided in the short term to send 1,000 combat helmets and 1,000 flak jackets to the Kurdish Regional Authorities," Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans and Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert wrote in a letter to parliament. Europe has stepped up its response to IS militants, who beheaded US journalist James Foley and have taken over swathes of Iraq and Syria. The Dutch ministers said the helmets and flak jackets would only be delivered once they had guarantees from the government in Baghdad that the road to the Kurdish regional capital of Arbil was open.


21 August 2014

Exclusive: Ouya scores Xiaomi partnership to take games to China

Lei Jun, founder and CEO of China's mobile company Xiaomi, announces the price of the new Xiaomi Phone 4 at its launching ceremony, in BeijingBy Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S video game service Ouya is turning to Asia to capture the growth that has eluded the startup on its own home turf. The Santa Monica, California-based firm has partnered with Xiaomi Inc to take its games to Chinese living rooms via the smartphone maker's new streaming boxes and "smart" TVs, an Ouya executive and a source at Xiaomi close to the deal told Reuters. Xiaomi, which in three years became China's top smartphone seller ahead of Apple Inc and Samsung, harbors ambitions beyond mobile gadgets. Last year, it expanded into the TV and set-top box business with its "MiBox" and "MiTV." Ouya Chief Executive Julie Uhrman said details are still getting hashed out but it's likely Ouya will get a dedicated channel on Xiaomi software installed on those devices, on which gamers can shop for and download a selection of its independently developed games later this year, Uhrman said.


21 August 2014

Thailand's junta upbeat on economy, but not out of woods yet

Thailand's newly appointed Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gestures in a traditional greeting during his visit to the 2nd Infantry Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, Queen's Guard in Chonburi provinceBy Orathai Sriring BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's junta wants to sell a positive story about its coup saving a troubled economy from recession, and while it seems to have business on board there is little evidence yet of a sustainable, broad-based recovery. A plethora of Thai companies shared the military government's optimism in recent earnings reports, looking to improved conditions after the May 22 coup ended six months of protests that paralysed the government and bureaucracy. Public spending, consumption and agriculture have picked up, but manufacturing, private investment, exports and tourism remain weak, official data show. Gundy Cahyadi, economist with DBS Bank in Singapore, said higher exports, factory output and capacity utilization were needed to signal the economy was on a sustainable recovery.


21 August 2014

Week in Reviews: Wild Ginger "As Good As Ever"; The Saint's New Tacos

Week in Reviews: Wild Ginger "As Good As Ever"; The Saint's New TacosThis week, Seattle Times critic Providence Cicero reviews Seattle staple Wild Ginger, noting the restaurant has "maintained a remarkable consistency" after 25 years in business. As Nancy Leson did when she reviewed Wild Ginger in 2000, Cicero awards the...


21 August 2014

Eater Likes You!: Ever visit Facebook and realize that...

Eater Likes You!: Ever visit Facebook and realize that...Ever visit Facebook and realize that there's not nearly enough Eater going on? Click on over to the Eater Philly Facebook page or the "Follow Us" section on the right, and then like magic, Eater's top stories will start showing...


21 August 2014

Lavillenie's 20-win streak ends in chilly Stockholm

France's pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie competes during the men's event during the IAAF Diamond League DN Galan meeting at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium on August 21, 2014Olympic champion and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie suffered a surprise defeat at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting on Thursday, just five days after the Frenchman wrapped up a third consecutive European title. On a cold night in the Swedish capital, Lavillenie failed three times to clear 5.60m, a height well outside his world record of 6.16m. Nobody managed to register a successful height beyond the modest 5.60m with Greece's Konstantinos Phillipidis, whose own personal best is 5.83m, taking victory after going clear at the first attempt. Poland's Piotr Lisek and China's Xue Changrui both also cleared 5.60m to take second and third places respectively.


21 August 2014

Torture animation banned at Philly child rape trial

Torture animation banned at Philly child rape trialTrial is being delayed for a woman charged with abducting a kindergartner from her Philadelphia classroom and sexually assaulting her.


21 August 2014

EaterWire: Sunday Supper at Cakes & Ale; Henry's 1-Year Anniversary

EaterWire: Sunday Supper at Cakes & Ale; Henry's 1-Year AnniversaryCakes & Ale. DECATUR — Cakes & Ale chef Billy Allin will host a family-style dinner in collaboration with Athens-based brewery, Creature Comforts, between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 24. Focused on the flavors of a...


21 August 2014

That's Rather Hideous: Disturbingly Gaudy Bathroom is Too Sassy for its $1.65M Home

That's Rather Hideous: Disturbingly Gaudy Bathroom is Too Sassy for its $1.65M Home"From the street, all is well with the placid white late Victorian duplex," says Curbed San Francisco of this six-bedroom, 3,845-square-foot home. "Inside, however, the bathroom appears to be in the throes of a midlife crisis." Indeed, the rather...


21 August 2014

Open Threads: Team Bars: Time To Step Up and Show Your Team Pride

Open Threads: Team Bars: Time To Step Up and Show Your Team PrideWelcome to Open Threads, where Eater hears from the crowd. Here we try to answer some burning reader questions. Have something you want discussed by the fine readers of Eater? Send it this way. Does your bar or restaurant show...


21 August 2014

Robin Williams' ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay

Williams speaks at a panel for the television series "The Crazy Ones" during the CBS portion of the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly HillsComedian Robin Williams' ashes have been scattered in the San Francisco Bay following his apparent suicide, according to a death certificate released by Marin County on Thursday. Williams, 63, was found hanged in his Tiburon, California, home last week. The "Mrs. Doubtfire" star had been suffering from severe depression, anxiety and early Parkinson's disease before his death. Williams' cremated remains were released on Aug. 12, the day after his death, according to the document.


21 August 2014

Obama’s Gitmo Transfers Were Illegal: GAO

Obama’s Gitmo Transfers Were Illegal: GAOCritics of President Obama have relished calling him “lawless” and often rely on tortured readings of statutes or even the Constitution to support their point. On June 1, the administration exchanged Bergdahl, who had been held prisoner for nearly five years, for five Taliban prisoners at the U.S.


21 August 2014

McIlroy struggles in opening round at The Barclays

PGA: The Barclays-First RoundBy Larry Fine PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy's bid for a career first FedExCup title got off to a rocky start on Thursday as he shot a three-over par 74 in the first round at The Barclays, the opening tournament of the four-event playoffs. The Northern Irishman, ranked first in the world and first in the FedExCup standings after winning the British Open, WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship in succession, trails the leading trio in the clubhouse by eight strokes. Americans Cameron Tringale, Hunter Mahan and Charles Howell III, all shot five-under rounds of 66 at Ridgewood Country Club to share the clubhouse lead.


21 August 2014

Surveillance photos released in Wilmington shooting

Surveillance photos released in Wilmington shootingWilmington police have released surveillance photos of the gunman wanted in the death of a 26-year-old.


21 August 2014

Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza

Graphic tracks fighting and cease-fires in the latest Israel-Palestinians war. 2c x 5 inches; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm;GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza's ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group's senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting top leaders in two days.


21 August 2014

Shitshow Week 2014: Grand Central Oyster Bar's Rough Transition to Brooklyn

Shitshow Week 2014: Grand Central Oyster Bar's Rough Transition to BrooklynLast week two Eater editors ventured into the most unlikely restaurant to land in Park Slope, Grand Central Oyster Bar Brooklyn. The original Grand Central Oyster Bar is, of course, an icon of New York architecture. But happens when...


21 August 2014

Back on the Market: Paul Rudolph's Incredible 23 Beekman Relisted for $28M

Back on the Market: Paul Rudolph's Incredible 23 Beekman Relisted for $28MWhile people are willing to drop upwards of $30 million on any old three-bedroom in One57, there isn't a buyer to be found for one of New York City's modernist gems: the...


21 August 2014

Prisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence

In this May 7, 2014 photo, Rene Lima-Marin sits for an interview with The Associated Press about the circumstances of his sentencing and incarceration, in a meeting room inside Kit Carson Correctional Center, a privately operated prison in Burlington, Colo. Lima-Marin, who was sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early, says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life. An appeal filed Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in his case also says his constitutional rights were violated when a judge in January ordered him to finish his sentence after he started a family during nearly six years of freedom. A judge in 2000 sentenced Lima-Marin to a total of 98 years in prison for multiple counts stemming from the robbery of two video stores when Lima-Marin was 20. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life.