TIME remembrance

Celebrities Pay Tribute to Composer James Horner After Fatal Plane Crash

Notables from Ron Howard to Celine Dion tweeted condolences for the Oscar-winning composer

Celebrities took to social media on Tuesday morning to mourn the death of Oscar-winning composer James Horner.

Horner, who died in plane crash Monday evening at the age of 61, was known for his work on hit films ranging from Braveheart to Titanic to Avatar. Actors, directors and musicians paused to reflect on his contributions to Hollywood in heartfelt posts published Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Producer and director Ron Howard worked on seven films with the late composer:

Celine Dion, who sang “My Heart Will Go On” for the Titanic soundtrack released a condolence statement via Twitter:

TIME Crime

Prison Worker Accused in Escape Got in Over Her Head, Husband Says

"Do I love her? Yes. Am I mad? Yes," Lyle Mitchell said

The husband of the New York prison worker accused of helping two convicted killers escape said Tuesday his wife got too far “in over [her] head” to fully carry out the escapees’ plot.

Lyle Mitchell told NBC’s TODAY that his wife, Joyce, was scared she would be harmed inside or outside of prison if she didn’t go through with the prisoners’ plan. The two prisoners, Richard Matt and David Sweat, were allegedly planning to kill Lyle Mitchell after they escaped, but Mitchell said his wife felt “scared” and couldn’t go through with it in the end.

“She said, ‘I love my husband, I am not hurting him,'” Mitchell told Matt Lauer. “She said, ‘That’s when I knew I was in over my head.'”

Joyce Mitchell has been charged with providing Matt and Sweat with tools to help in their escape. The two have been on the lam for more than two weeks.

Joyce Mitchell denied having a sexual relationship with either of the prisoners in conversations with her husband, who says he still loves her despite the ordeal.

“Do I love her? Yes. Am I mad? Yes,” he says, according to NBC. “How could she do this? How could she do this to our kids?”

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Read next: Prison Worker Who Allegedly Helped NY Escapees Under ‘Enormous Pressure,’ Lawyer Says

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TIME public health

Bottled Water Company Issues Recall Over Possible E. Coli Contamination

The bottled water potentially at risk was produced between June 10 and June 18

A bottled water company has issued a voluntary recall over fears of E. coli contamination.

After traces of E. coli bacteria were found at one of the spring sources for Niagara Bottling LLC, the company has issued a voluntary recall for all 14 of its spring water products that are bottled at two plants in Pennsylvania.

The bottled water potentially at risk for contamination was produced between June 10 and June 18; customers are being urged not to consume those bottles. If consumers must drink the water, it should be boiled first.

E. coli bacteria are typically found in animal and human waste and can cause diarrhea, cramps and nausea. E. coli can be particularly dangerous for the very young, very old, and those with weak immune systems.

According to Niagara, the potentially affected products would have reference codes starting with either “F” or “A” and would have a date between June 10 and 18.

The products under voluntary recall are listed below:

  • Acadia
  • Acme
  • Big Y
  • Best Yet
  • 7-11
  • Niagara
  • Nature’s Place
  • Pricerite
  • Superchill
  • Morning Fresh
  • Shaws
  • Shoprite
  • Western Beef Blue
  • Wegman’s
TIME Television

You’ll Never Guess Who Convinced Joe Manganiello to Strip for Magic Mike

The actor told Seth Meyers he wasn't sure he wanted to be known for baring it all

Joe Manganiello wasn’t always so sure about joining the cast of Magic Mike, where he and a band of merry, sweaty men bare it all for raucous crowds. In fact, if it wasn’t for one comedian, the towering star may have never jumped on stage at “Xquisite” — and wouldn’t be appearing in the upcoming sequel Magic Mike XXL.

The star told Seth Meyers on Late Night on Monday that Chris Rock was the one who ultimately convinced him to take the role.

“I’m kind of a guy’s guy and I think guys are going to hate me if I keep doing this,” Manganiello recalls telling Rock. “And he said, ‘Man, guys are going to hate you anyway.'”

With that piece of golden advice, the rest was history.

TIME White House

Obama to Deliver Eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney

Services will be held on Friday, June 26

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will travel to South Carolina for the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney on Friday, a White House official confirmed to TIME. President Obama will deliver the eulogy.

The services for Rev. Pinckney, one of the nine victims of last week’s massacre at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, will be held this Friday, according to the Post and Courier. Pickeney served as the senior pastor at the church, affectionately called “Mother Emanuel,” and was a Democratic state senator.

Further details of the president’s travel will be released at a later time, but a White House official tells TIME First Lady Michelle Obama will also attend the services.

The Post and Courier first reported the news of the president’s travel.

Read Next: The Pastor Killed in Charleston Had Been State Senator for 14 Years

TIME White House

White House Defends Obama’s Use of the N Word in Interview

The White House stands by President Obama’s use of the N word in his interview on the WTF podcast released Monday.

Press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters the President does not regret using the word and its use was justified in the context of his response on American race relations with host Marc Maron.

While addressing last week’s massacre in Charleston, S.C., during the interview, Obama said the ugly racial hatred that has existed throughout American history persists, despite the progress we’ve made as a nation.

“Racism — we’re not cured of it,” he said. “It’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say n—-r in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination.”

Earnest spent a significant portion of Monday’s press briefing responding to questions about the President’s use of the word: Why did he do it? Did he know it would be provocative? Did he set out to use it before participating in the interview?

Earnest said there was no decision going into the interview on whether or not Obama would say the word, which he can also be heard uttering in the audiobook of his memoir Dreams From My Father.

Earnest also said that while it’s “understandably notable” that the President used this word — which is increasingly apparent in the amount of attention that this slither of the interview has garnered — the overarching point he was making was one he’s made repeatedly in the past.

“The argument that the President has made in the context of this interview is consistent with arguments that he’s made in other settings,” Earnest said.

TIME Supreme Court

The Supreme Court Just Quoted Spider-Man

Spiderman attends "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" Be Amazing Day Volunteer Day at I.S. 145 Joseph Pulitzer on April 25, 2014 in the Queens borough of New York City.
Mike Pont—Getty Images Spiderman attends "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" Be Amazing Day Volunteer Day at I.S. 145 Joseph Pulitzer on April 25, 2014 in the Queens borough of New York City.

In a case involving the superhero

A Supreme Court justice cited an unusual source in a decision handed down Monday: Spider-Man.

With all eyes on the nation’s highest court over upcoming decisions gay marriage and Obamacare, the reference was a rare moment of levity from Justice Elena Kagan.

The reference came in her decision on Kimble v. Marvel, in which the court declined to overrule decades-old precedent that kept patent-holders from collecting royalties after a patent expires. In her opinion, Kagan noted the principle of stare decisis, which holds that court’s should hesitate to overturn their own precedents.

What we can decide, we can undecide. But stare decisis teaches that we should exercise that authority sparingly. Cf. S. Lee and S. Ditko, Amazing Fantasy No. 15: “Spider- Man,” p. 13 (1962) (“[I]n this world, with great power there must also come—great responsibility”).

The quote comes not from a legal expert, of course, but from Uncle Ben, who is trying to guide a young Peter Parker to use his superpowers wisely in Amazing Fantasy No. 15, the comic which features the first appearance of Spider-Man. Supreme Court justices also have superpowers, but they come from a Senate confirmation vote, not a radioactive spider bite.

In her opinion, Kagan also quoted the 1967 Spider-Man TV show theme song: “The parties set no end date for royalties, apparently contemplating that they would continue for as long as kids want to imitate Spider-Man (by doing whatever a spider can).”

Read the full opinion here.

 

TIME Barack Obama

Father’s Day Documentary Looks at Obama Volunteer Program

US President Barack Obama has lunch with My Brother's Keeper mentees at the White House in Washington, DC on February 27, 2015.
YURI GRIPAS—AFP/Getty Images US President Barack Obama has lunch with My Brother's Keeper mentees at the White House in Washington, DC on February 27, 2015.

President Obama barely knew his father, who deserted the future president and his mother in Hawaii when he was very young. So when he talks about growing up in a new documentary, it’s tinged with a sense of loss.

“I do know what it means to come of age uncertain about your place and not clear about what it means to become a man and not having as much guidance … and getting into trouble and making bad decisions,” he says in “Rise: The Story of My Brother’s Keeper.”

On Father’s Day, the Discovery Channel will air the highly anticipated documentary, which focuses on a program Obama started to help young men of color. The documentary itself helps with one of My Brother’s Keeper’s main goals: to change the narrative of young black and Hispanic boys by giving outsiders a sense of what their lives are really like.

As Obama says in the documentary, these kids are often seen through the “filter of stereotypes.”

“There’s the young kids wearing baggy pants or there’s the young rapper and that’s part of the experience of these young men but these young men are also scared, these young men are also vulnerable, these young men are also talented,” Obama says in the 48-minute film. “These young people are also willing to work hard for things they think are achievable. These young people want safety and to be loved and that’s not heard often enough.”

That fear is made palpable in one scene, when a group of students in Chicago’s Becoming a Man program are asked if they get scared walking alone in their own neighborhood, if they’re afraid they might not make it.

“I saw the shots and I saw the gun and I saw the people running,” one boy says. “I’m scared because it was so close to me. Like, I can’t trust nobody in the streets.”

Amid the stories of fear, though, there are glimmers of hope. A boy in Maryland proudly declares he became a “genius” in the 1st grade (2nd grade, viewers learn, is where he got to show off his skills). Johnny Herber of Yuba City, Calif., obtains job-ready skills after nearly succumbing to alcoholism before his 18th birthday.

Since My Brother’s Keeper launched in 2014, over 200 mayors and tribal leaders across 46 states have made commitments to join the initiative. Businesses and corporations have pledged millions in donations and the groundwork has been laid for Obama to continue after he leaves office.

But while the program has grown, there’s been a marked shift in the conversation on race in America at the same time. Many young black men see the deaths of their peers at the hands of police in communities as far apart as Ferguson, Baltimore and New York as a nationwide epidemic, while the deaths of nine black churchgoers in Charleston has made it seem as though no place is safe from racially tinged violence.

The attention to the ongoing difficulties faced by those in the black and Hispanic communities, says Broderick Johnson, chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, has brought a spotlight to policy-driven efforts of the administration to address issues like community-police relations and school discipline policies.

Yet that work is only a part of the program’s goal.

“Even without the incidents that we’ve seen across the country this work would have gotten started,” Johnson says. “One of the great achievements of this work will be to ensure that the exceptional is not the exception. And that the extraordinary becomes the norm.”

TIME White House

Obama Hits the Links in California Amid Drought

Barack Obama
Carolyn Kaster—AP President Barack Obama walks across the tarmac to greet people as he arrives on Air Force One at San Francisco International airport June 19, 2015.

Golf courses say they're doing their part to cut back on water consumption

President Obama will golf Saturday on a lush, green course in California, even as the state grapples with a drought of historic proportions. As in past golfing trips, this will likely raise more than a few eyebrows.

The golf industry is important to California’s economy, supporting over 128,000 jobs and accounting for $13.1 billion of economic activity, but it takes a lot of water to keep those greens and ponds looking pristine.

There are few places in the Golden State where that’s more apparent than the Coachella Valley, home of Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage; the lux oases nestled in the California desert where Obama will be staying.

Across the state, golf course consume less than 1% of the state’s water, but the 120-plus courses in Coachella Valley consume about 17 percent of the area’s water. In 2014, TIME’s Zeke Miller reported that “each of the 124 Coachella Valley courses, on average, uses nearly 1 million gallons a day due to the hot and dry climate, 3-4 times more water per day than the average American golf course.”

“The challenges that we see are really sort of symbolic of the opportunities and the challenges we have with water in California,” says Heather Cooley, the water program director at the Pacific Institute. “Golf courses are large users of water locally, but they can be doing and they should be doing their part to help California respond to the drought.”

To curb the impact of the historic drought, California Gov. Jerry Brown has called for a 25% reduction in potable water-use across the state, but due to the Coachella Valley’s high per-capita water use the area was among those urged to reduce urban water consumption by 36%. Golf courses and other entities that rely on their own ground water sources have been asked to reduce water consumption by 25%.

Heather Engel, a spokesperson for the Coachella Valley Water District said it recognizes the concern over consumption and notes that courses in the area are working to curb their environmental impact.

“Golf courses use water,” she says. “But courses in the area are doing what they can to reduce their water use.”

Eighteen courses participated in a rebate program to replace some grass with drought-friendly turf, she says, and others are allowing non-play areas go brown. Fifty-two courses in the entire valley use water other than the groundwater to keep their courses irrigated, including recycled water and water from the Colorado River.

At the Sunnylands golf course, where Obama has played in the past, officials released a fact sheet on Friday ahead of the President’s visit to highlight the steps the exclusive club has taken to cut back on water. The course has already installed a new irrigation system and replaced 60 acres of turf with drought-tolerant tall grass. And according to the fact sheet, the estate cut back on watering and seeding and plans to reduce watering by 50% on an additional 44 acres of the 200-acre course.

The White House has already sought to deflect the negative attention that the president’s rounds of Father’s Day weekend golf may attract.

En route to California, White House spokesman Eric Schultz wrote off the concern over golfing in the drought as a non-issue. The visit follows a conference call the president had with western state governors about the historic drought, during which he pledged $100 million to help fight wildfires. On Friday, the White House said Obama met with Brown to discuss federal, local, and state efforts to deal with the drought and wildfires.

“This administration’s commitment to helping those affected by the drought is second to none,” Schultz said.

TIME Football

A Deflategate Football Is Going Up for Auction

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass on Jan. 18, 2015.
Charles Krupa—AP New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Foxborough, Mass on Jan. 18, 2015.

Bidding starts at $25,000

One of the infamous “Deflategate” footballs is set to hit the auction block.

Lelands will host an auction for one of the game balls used during the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 18. The New England Patriots were later investigated for deflating a number of game balls, resulting in a big fine against the team and a several-game suspension for quarterback Tom Brady over what investigators claimed was his knowledge about the scheme.

The current owners of the ball, as detailed in the lot prompt, received the ball from a Patriots player after a touchdown. The couple says they left the game early to make sure their ball stayed safe. Lelands called the game ball “the most ‘topical’ piece of sports memorabilia that we can recall ever being sold so close to the event itself.”

Bidding, which begins at 9 p.m. ET on July 18, starts at $25,000.

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