TIME Crime

Eric Garner Died from Chokehold While in Police Custody

Garner was being restrained while police were attempting to arrest him for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes in Staten Island

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New York City’s Chief Medical Examiner said Friday that Eric Garner, the Staten Island man whose death during a police arrest last month sparked charges of excessive force, died from a chokehold while he was in custody for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. The incident has been ruled a homicide.

Medical examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said that the death was caused by “compression of neck (choke hold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police,” and that asthma and heart disease also played a role.

In a widely-seen video of the arrest, Garner, a black man, is physically restrained by several white officers, and can be heard saying “I can’t breathe.” The incident has sparked nationwide debate, with many commentators drawing attention to the role that race may have played.

Garner was arrested for selling untaxed loose cigarettes.

TIME racing

The Isle of Men: The World’s Deadliest Race

This is one of the most dangerous races known to man.

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Once a year, for six days, the population of a small island in the Irish Sea doubles as motorcycle enthusiasts from around the globe flock to the racing mecca.
The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is perhaps the most dangerous race on earth, with 242 deaths in its 107 years of existence. The TT, as it is commonly known, is the oldest race in motorcycle history, uniting high-octane adrenaline junkies with fun loving drunken bikers.
With six different events to boast of, the Manx TT races paralyze the island, as the event closes down these country roads so bikers can zoom, curve and dip through a 37.5 mile long loop at a frightening 130 mph average speed—that’s one lap in less than 18 minutes. All the kids on the island are given time off and the local economy thrives, making a large part of its earnings for the year. For those few days in spring, the incessant roar of motorcycle engines spewing high-pitched noise can be heard across the island as racers rev up for the main event.
In addition to traditional motorcycle racing, the event includes categories for electric motorcycles, sidecar racing, and various engine-sized motorbikes that see racers compete for top rank, risking life and limb in the process. Over the course of this year’s races, two men tragically lost their lives in crashes, as did one tourist riding his bike and a field marshal hired to clear the track before racing begins.
Conor Cummins, a seasoned rider describes the event as “the best race on the planet”—this despite a devastating crash in 2010 that shattered his arm, broke his back, dislocated his knee, bruised his lung and fractured his pelvis. Cummins, a native to the Isle of Man, was back on his bike 8 months later and somehow managed to compete in the following year’s Senior TT. “That was then and this is now,” says Cummins on the eve of the 2014 race “and it’s taken a lot to get back from to be honest, it took a lot of strength… And hopefully I’ll start seeing the fruits of my labors.”
On race day, Cummins, the soft spoken Manx rider tore through six laps and 226.38 miles as he competed with the heir to the Dunlop family name, Michael Dunlop. Despite a neck-and-neck race, Cummins came in second and was cheered as a victor by the local population, proving his worth to his Honda-sponsored team in the process.
As the list of deceased racers continues to grow, some wonder how much longer this race can go on.
“No one is forcing anyone to do this race… there’s not one man in that paddock that signed up because they have to” says Cummins. “iI’s because they want to.”
Die hard fans stand in the way of anyone who objects to the danger of the event, as one fan gleefully explained. When asked what he would do if they tried to cancel the Isle of Man TT, he responded simply: “Over my dead body.”
A little over a month after the TT ended, Conor crashed again at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man, suffering a broken left forearm .“Had a bit of a shunt yesterday and got ran into by another bike,” he said. “I will be back better and stronger in no time all being well. Game on!”
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TIME Media

Watch This Inspiring Under Armour Ad Starring Ballerina Misty Copeland

'I Will What I Want'

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Though Under Armour is known for commercials starring bulky, sweaty football players, its new women-focused ad campaign highlights a more graceful kind of competitor: the ballerina.

The first commercial in the campaign stars Misty Copeland, a soloist for the American Ballet Theater. The ad shows Copeland warming up, while the voice of a young girl reads real rejection letters that Copeland received. “You have the wrong body for ballet,” she says. And yet we see Copeland fly through the air and spin across the stage, determined to challenge her supposed fate.

Copeland, who was recently profiled by ESPN W, didn’t begin dancing until she was 13 and was quickly declared a prodigy. But her body type—larger breasts, bigger feet and, as you can see in the commercial, extremely muscular legs—kept her out of many prestigious dance programs.

Despite these challenges, Copeland became the second black soloist in the history of the most prestigious American ballet company by the age of 24. Hence, Under Armour’s slogan: “I Will What I Want.”

Under Armour has also signed Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, tennis player Sloane Stephens and soccer player Kelly O’Hara to its biggest women-focused ad campaign ever.

 

TIME movies

REVIEW: Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Expendables In Outer Space

Like a live-action-cartoon parody of both 'Star Wars' and earlier Marvel movies, 'Guardians' turns the very notion of the comic-book superhero into a self-reflexive joke

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Earth, 1988. Young Peter Quill (Wyatt Oleff) stands brooding outside his dying mother’s hospital room and holding a cassette player with an “Awesome Mix” of ’70s pop hits his mom gave him. He walks into the room and is given a present. “You open it when I’m gone,” his mom says, and then addresses her final words to Peter: “Take my hand.” But he doesn’t, and she, as if in response to her son’s slight, promptly dies. The boy rushes agonized into the starry night, where an alien spaceship Hoovers him up for a life in outer space. Twenty-six years later, when Peter (now Chris Pratt) has grown into a brawny rogue who calls himself “Star-Lord,” he will still feel a special poignancy for his mom — not because he refused her last wish but because she gave him that cool mix tape.

The emotional signals are going haywire in these early scenes from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Peter is a sensitive kid about to make an interplanetary connection, like young Elliot in Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Yet the adult Peter seems hardly to recall his mistreatment of his mother — a rejection that should saddle him with years of psychotherapy and a lifetime of guilt. He just wants to play mom’s oldies, as he grows into a facsimile of another early-’80s Spielberg hero: Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. And not the archaeologist Indy. This is the Indy who, when he’s menaced by a scimitar-wielding Arab, doesn’t reach for his famous bullwhip. He just pulls out a revolver and shoots the guy dead.

(READ: Richard Schickel’s 1981 review of Raiders of the Lost Ark by subscribing to TIME)

This self-styled “legendary outlaw,” unknown to most of his adversaries, is an anomaly in the Marvel canon. The first reel of director-cowriter James Gunn’s movie tipped us off that Peter Quill is no Peter Parker, whose guilt over Uncle Ben’s death deeply informed his Spider-Man personality. The new Peter, unhaunted and largely conscience-free, is Indy plus Han Solo; and Guardians is a jauntier, far brattier Star Wars. Alas, making fun and profit of the George Lucas saga is a tactic about 30 years behind the curve; Mel Brooks did it, with giddier panache, in the 1987 Spaceballs.

Not so much a hero on a quest as a stud in a reality-show survival game, Peter hooks up with the green Gamora (Avatar’s Zoe Saldana), the muscle-bound, elaborately tattooed Drax (Dave Bautista), the snarky raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and a tree-being named Groot (grunted by Vin Diesel). Dubbing themselves, as Rocket proclaims, “the frickin’ Guardians of the Galaxy,” they hurt villains, battle the Taliban-ish zealot Ronan (Lee Pace) and eventually bond into a group tight enough to warrant the sequel announced at the end.

Peter’s gang might be the Wild Bunch of Merry Men — or, more aptly, the far-flung Expendables. For if the Marvel comics owners had held a garage sale of their least valuable subheroes, and you’d bought five, you might have accidentally assembled the Guardians team. The quintet’s mythology fills only a half-page of the 400-page Marvel Encyclopedia; pleas for immortalizing them on film have been muted. But the company’s movie craw must be fed, so here’s the fourth Marvel movie in four months, after the excellent Captain America: The Winter Soldier and two inessential installments, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

(READ: Corliss’s review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

The movie’s MacGuffin — Alfred Hitchcock’s word for the precious, mysterious contrivance that drives an action-film’s plot — is an orb that Peter says has “an Ark of the Covenant, Maltese Falcon kind of vibe.” That line keys Gunn’s central strategy: making explicit reference to dozens of movies and pop songs, mostly of ’70s and ’80s vintage. Like Captain America’s Steve Rogers, who needs to catch up on 70 years of pop culture but concentrates on ’70s songs and films, Peter and Gunn are steeped in nostalgia for that decade. (Such oldies as “I’m Not In Love,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “The Piña Colada Song,” “Ooh Child” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” spring from Peter’s mom’s mix tape onto the soundtrack CD.) Gunn not only filches from the trove, he graciously acknowledges the theft. He’s like a burglar who takes all your stuff and leaves a descriptive Post-It where each stolen item used to be.

Give points to Pratt, who plays Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation, and provided the voice of the clueless hero Emmet in The LEGO Movie, for gleefully throwing himself into the farrago. And sympathize with Saldana, who has to play a less stately version of her Neytiri from Avatar. (She’s not far off when she exasperates, “I’m surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.”) Cooper’s adroitly animated Rocket is the most annoying of the group. The arboreal Groot is a sweetly mournful creature — a galactic poobah named Rhomann Dey (John C. Reilly) calls him “Rocket’s personal houseplant-slash-muscle” — in whose service Diesel must have spent all of five minutes in the recording studio intoning variations on the line, “I am Groot!”

(READ: The Socialist message behind The LEGO Movie)

Bautista gets the best lines as Drax, whose brain is so maddeningly literal that when someone says, “Metaphors go over his head,” he shouts, “Nothing goes over my head! My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it.” But the former WWE champ lacks the wit beneath the bulk shown by Dwayne Johnson, André the Giant and other pro wrestlers turned movie actors.

The film has some cool fight scenes, as when Peter and Gamora engage in furious karate while both are flat on their backs, and some stellar art direction: one of the group’s tours takes them to Planet Knowhere, visualized as the giant severed head of an ancient celestial being. These are brief diversions in what Gunn may intend as a fondly mocking deconstruction of the more serious Marvel movies. If so, he’s just being redundant. The Iron Man and Captain America films are well aware of their outlandish elements; Tony Stark and Steve Rogers often make depreciating jokes about themselves.

(READ: How Tony Stark got a heart in Iron Man Three\)

Moviegoers who have wearied of the super-serious father issues that afflict Marvel heroes — not just Peter Parker but also Tony Stark, and Loki in the Thor franchise — may welcome this new film’s practiced carelessness, and be grateful that Peter Quill’s memories of his mother are confined to loving her taste of pop music. But the lightly derisive, live-action-cartoon tone robs the movie of any majesty, even of the comic-book type, and the many violent deaths of their suitable gravity. Something important has to be at stake in a Marvel movie; it isn’t here. If the studio bosses think that Guardians of the Galaxy has both the weight and the buoyancy that make some Marvel movies supreme entertainments, the joke’s on them.

TIME

Livestream: Obama Speaks from the White House

President Barack Obama is expected to address foreign policy issues followings his phone call with Putin and the collapse of a ceasefire in Gaza.

TIME

Old People Swooning Over Elvis Footage Is as Adorable as it Sounds

"Oh, oh, oh, I love you Elvis"

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The Fine Brothers have gained Internet fame for creating YouTubes of children, teens, and elders reacting to a variety of things. Thursday’s new installment tackled adorable nostalgia. This is how elders react when they see footage of Elvis.

TIME Terrorism

Bill Clinton Said The Day Before 9/11 He Could Have Killed Bin Laden

Listen to the audio

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Chilling audio of former President Bill Clinton admitting that he turned down an opportunity to attack Osama bin Laden during his presidency was recently uncovered by Sky News Australia. The audio was recorded on September 10, 2001, one day before the 9/11 attacks which claimed nearly 3,000 lives and dramatically impacted the course of global history.

“I could have killed him, but I would have had to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children,” Clinton said. “And then I would have been no better than him.”

Sky News obtained this footage of the former U.S. President through former Australian politician Michael Kroger.

TIME viral

Stuntman’s GoPro Video Shows What It’s Like to Jump Off The Roof of a Building

This video is not for the vertiginous

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GoPro has posted a terrifying video of professional stuntman Ethan Swanson jumping off a roof in Chicago, Illinois. The build-up is suspenseful, but fast forward to the 1:10 mark if you want to cut to the chase. The clip has racked up nearly 2 million views on YouTube.

After this horrifying footage, Swanson’s second most viral stunt is his leap from one rooftop to the rooftop of a building across the street.

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