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It was 13 years ago Thursday when terrorists attacked the United States after gaining control of four commercial airplanes. Two planes struck and took down the World Trade Center in New York; the third damaged the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Passengers of that flight, United 93, fought the terrorists in an attempt to regain control of the plane.
It took all of two seconds for me to lose any enthusiasm for the “Expendables 3,” and an additional three seconds to realize how stupid the additional two-plus more hours of screen time would be. It came from on-screen text to inform the audience the train they’re seeing on screen is an “armored prison transport,” which is made quite clear once star Sylvester Stallone and his compatriots start shooting the heck out of that thing. What that reveals is a supercilious attitude of the audience's ability to decipher the action on screen – a habit the filmmakers fall back on repeatedly – and an overarching inability to do something interesting with staid material.
When the name “Falcon Field Airport” is mentioned, the next thing people often ask is, “Isn’t that place getting shut down?” Nothing could be further from the truth.
A Mesa eye clinic is flying specialists out to remote areas across the state to perform operations locals would have to drive into larger cities for otherwise.
One of the questions I have found myself asking lately to my friends, neighbors and colleagues is, “Where are you going on vacation this summer?” A lot of the responses I have received go like this: “Gotta beat the heat, we’re headed to Newport Beach,” or “It’s our year to go to Hawaii!” No matter where you go this summer on vacation, ask yourself, “How can my summer vacation be a chance to grow in my faith?”
The proposal by the Mesa City Council to impose a landing fee on every aircraft that touches down at Mesa’s Falcon Field airport as high as $50 is ludicrous, if not outright robbery. This move is no way to initiate putting the businesses at the airport out of business so they will move and the land can be developed for buildings. This is like how Hugo Chavez of Venezuela took over American companies in his country. How can a city council make such a dictatorial decision without putting it to the vote of the residents of Mesa? Where is democracy?
In response to Sunday’s Vent about loud private airplanes: I am assuming you are near the airport. Before you bought your home, did you investigate anything about the airport? Such as where is it, what the flight patterns are, what the “noise footprint” is, etc.? If you didn’t, you have no basis for complaining. If you did and bought anyway, you still have no basis to complain.
WASHINGTON — Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants.
Early on I was afraid for this film – with every announcement of another character being added to the movie’s mix becoming another potentially convoluted dramatic layer – and sure enough, at 142 minutes, director Marc Webb has created a film that oozes superfluous storylines like a leaky web cartridge. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 still offers some spectacular action sequences, but its out-of-control narrative is far from being superior to the first film.
“Attorney General Eric Holder wants to use recent changes in the drug laws to review the cases of thousands of imprisoned felons in order to turn them loose on society. And it’s no coincidence this will happen in time for them to vote in the mid-terms this November. Gee, I wonder if they’ll vote Democrat.”
“Chandler would be a great place to live if it weren’t for the loud private airplanes.”
An effort to close Falcon Field has begun. Two land developers who bought homes off the end of Falcon’s runways have applied to have an initiative placed on the November 2014 ballot to commence the defunding of Falcon Field.
A Mesa company has banned employees from smoking on and off the job in an effort to save on annual health insurance costs
RICHMOND, Va. — Attention passengers, craft beer has reached 35,000 feet.
NEW YORK — United Airlines is getting tough on passengers with oversized carry-on bags.
Kids and adults get an up close look at various helicopters and airplanes during the Gateway Aviation Day, Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
It’s easy to imagine how the pitch for “Non-Stop,” the latest action thriller starring Liam Neeson, went down. “Okay, guys, how about this? It’s ‘Taken,’ but on an airplane!”
“I have had it with these ‘monkey fighting’ SMSs on this ‘Monday to Friday’ plane!” No, it’s not a line from the latest Liam Neeson action vehicle, Non-Stop, but it could have been. There are so many ways one could slam this new film, but, surprisingly, despite its clichés and convoluted plot, this is still a thrilling and fun time at the movies.
Wherever I go in the country, or the world for that matter, if there is a music-related site I take the trouble to visit it. When I was in Rio de Janeiro, I made a beeline for Garota de Ipanema Café and Bar, where the great bossa nova song “The Girl From Ipanema” was written. Last year, while in Nashville, I visited the new Johnny Cash Museum and in New York strolled by the Brill Buildings, where folks like Carole King (“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”) and Ellie Greenwich (“Da Doo Ron Ron”) wrote the songs we remember from the 1960s.
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but few could justifiably question the beauty of a Hayao Miyazaki film. A revered master of animation, the Oscar-winning director/writer makes something as simple as a hazy sky so ravishing, it can take your breath away.
It’s easy to imagine how the pitch for “Non-Stop,” the latest action thriller starring Liam Neeson, went down. “Okay, guys, how about this? It’s ‘Taken,’ but on an airplane!” The surprise is that “Non-Stop” not only could have been a sequel to “Taken,” but it’s also everything “Taken 2” should have been. The film finds Neeson is a familiar role in a plot that mixes together elements of “Air Force One,” “Flightplan,” and various Hitchcockian thrillers. While this sort of thing has been done before, the result is just fresh enough to stand out from all the rest.
Mesa shoppers’ frequent trips to spend money at Superstition Springs Mall in 2013 helped several Mesa Public Schools make money in 2014.
What the heck is our U.S. Sen. John McCain doing in Davos, Switzerland at some World Economic Conference. He was lecturing some “big shot” Russian Legislator about so-called “Syrian Cluster Bombs.” These weren’t cluster bombs they were “barrel bombs.” Some type of crude bomb with explosives and nails packed into a steel barrel and dropped by a helicopter of all things.
“N.J. Gov. Chris Christie seems to have a difficult time trying to differentiate between bipartisanship and racketeering, but he should get the same fair trial everyone else gets Sunday morning talk shows.”