Alabama authorities say a home burglary suspect has died after police used a stun gun on the man.  Birmingham police say he resisted officers who found him in a house wrapped in what looked like material from the air conditioner duct work.  The Lewisburg Road homeowner called police Tuesday about glass breaking and someone yelling and growling in his basement.  Police reportedly entered the dwelling and used a stun gun several times on a white suspect before handcuffing him.  Investigators say the man was "extremely irritated" throughout and didn't obey verbal commands.

Montgomery Education Foundation's Brain Forest Summer Learning Academy was spotlighted Wednesday at Carver High School.  The academic-enrichment program is for rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in the Montgomery Public School system.  Community Program Director Dillion Nettles, says the program aims to prevent learning loss during summer months.  To find out how your child can participate in next summer's program visit

A police officer is free on bond after being arrested following a rash of road-sign thefts in southeast Alabama.  Brantley Police Chief Titus Averett says officer Jeremy Ray Walker of Glenwood is on paid leave following his arrest in Pike County.  The 30-year-old Walker is charged with receiving stolen property.  Lt. Troy Johnson of the Pike County Sheriff's Office says an investigation began after someone reported that Walker was selling road signs from Crenshaw County.  Investigators contacted the county engineer and learned signs had been reported stolen from several roads.

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NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

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The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

My husband and I once took great pleasure in preparing meals from scratch. We made pizza dough and sauce. We baked bread. We churned ice cream.

Then we became parents.

Now there are some weeks when pre-chopped vegetables and a rotisserie chicken are the only things between us and five nights of Chipotle.

Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

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Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

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'Holy Motors': An Odd, Lovely Love Letter To Cinema

Oct 16, 2012

Holy Motors, the first full-length feature in 10 years from singular French filmmaker Leos Carax, is very much a love letter to movies. But this isn't a spot-the-references extravaganza; the more movies you've seen in your lifetime, the less sense Holy Motors is likely to make.

In fact, Holy Motors — exhilarating, mournful and always stunning to look at — makes no sense at all if you have your heart set on narrative comprehensibility or even plain old thematic cohesion. It could almost be a film made in a time before language, a rendering of modern life — or modern lives — as a kind of cinematic cave painting. With songs. And a white stretch limo. And Kylie Minogue.

Did I mention that it's set in Paris — the most beautiful Paris imaginable? As shot by cinematographers Caroline Champetier and Yves Cape, it's a city of elegant cemeteries and abandoned department stores, of nighttime streets viewed as infrared boulevards glowing green and orange.

Those streets are a kind of home to Holy Motors' main character — or characters? — played by Denis Lavant, the stocky, gloriously acrobatic French actor who serves as a sort of male muse to Carax. (He appeared in Carax's first film, the 1984 Boy Meets Girl, as well as the 1986 Mauvais Sang and the filmmaker's best-known picture, the florid, weirdly haunting 1991 melodrama Lovers on the Bridge.)

Here, Lavant plays Monsieur Oscar, a man with a very important job to do — although exactly what that job is, we never quite learn. He's ferried around the city to a series of "appointments" by Celine, an elegant specter of a woman whose white pantsuit matches the stretch limo she drives. (She's played by Edith Scob, the regal actress who, as a young woman, played the disfigured daughter in Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face.)

In the morning, Oscar, dressed in impeccable business wear, leaves his opulent-mod suburban home and is driven by Celine to his first gig: He dons an iron-gray wig and prosthetic nose to impersonate a hunched-over street person who begs for coins on the sidewalk. "I'm so old," s/he wails in a creaky voice. "I'm afraid I'll never die."

From there, Oscar transforms himself — using the ever-increasing spaciousness of the limo's back seat as his dressing room — into a hit man assigned to kill a thug who will become his own double; a dying man attended by his grief-stricken niece; and the former lover (or so it seems) of a mysterious woman in a trench coat and a Jean Seberg wig. That woman is played by Minogue, who sings a plaintive melody that's like an aural butterfly net, catching wisps of the picture's shifting moods of melancholy and joy.

Is Oscar an actor? A secret agent? A purveyor of dreams? Does it really matter? Carax is in love with the movies, but he's not sure he loves them more than life itself — the life that movies strive, and yet so often fail, to capture.

At one point Oscar, growing tired as his day of donning various personalities wears on, is interrogated by an ominous authority figure who shows up mysteriously, like Beelzebub, in the limo. (He's played by the venerable French actor Michel Piccoli.) The man quizzes Oscar about his flagging enthusiasm for his job.

"I miss the cameras," Oscar says wearily. "They used to be heavier than us. Then they became smaller than our heads. Now you can't see them at all. Sometimes I find it hard to believe in it all."

But as if to counterbalance his disillusionment with technology, Oscar also has a quick and easy answer for what keeps him motivated as he goes about his day inhabiting the lives of ordinary and not-so-ordinary humans: What keeps him going, he explains, is "what made me start. The beauty of the act."

If it's hard to discern exactly what Carax is whispering, the idea, perhaps, isn't that filmmaking technology has robbed the movies of their soul, but that the soul can't be weakened, let alone destroyed, by technology. It's the pictures, and the cameras, that got smaller; the human spirit stubbornly remains the same size.

Through the cracks of Holy Motors, one thing's for sure: This is a movie where chaos and compassion exist in equal measures. It's all there in Lavant's gloriously physical performance.

In the picture's most visually astonishing scene, he becomes a human special effect, his lithe panther's body swathed in a black velvet unitard dotted with phosphorescent buttons; what follows is an erotic motion-capture ballet performed in semi-darkness.

And in the movie's most bizarre segment, Lavant reprises the character he played in the short film Carax contributed to the 2008 Tokyo! (which also featured the work of Michel Gondry and Bong-Joon Ho), a sewer-dwelling troll with a wayward, milky eye and curving talons for fingernails. Striding angrily through Pere-Lachaise Cemetery in his tiny, ratty green velvet suit, this furious little cretin is like a leprechaun from the wrong end of the rainbow.

He stumbles upon a fashion photo shoot and, after biting the fingers off the photographer's assistant (no fooling!), he kidnaps the subject of the camera's adoration, a placid supermodel draped in a golden dress. He makes off with his prize — she's played by a regal Eva Mendes — and installs her in his underground lair, where a scene of great tenderness and utter peculiarity unfolds. It involves a makeshift burqa and an erection. Welcome to the sad and wonderful world of Leos Carax. (Recommended)

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