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NORTHWEST NEWS

Portland, Oregon, Remains Largely Peaceful, Curfew Lifted

Portland will not impose a curfew on Tuesday night for the first time in four days

Inslee Orders Statewide Guard Activation Following Unrest

Inslee had previously authorized 400 troops for Seattle and 200 troops for Bellevue.

Mayor Ted Wheeler Asks Governor to Call Up National Guard

Portland police chief said, “It has been a long, difficult and emotional several days in Portland and across the country and we understand why.”

Governor Brown Announces $30 Million Investment to Protect Agricultural Workers

The funds are intended to secure Oregon's food supply chain and support agricultural workers during the COVID-19 health crisis

NEWS BRIEFS

Oregon Health Authority Investigating COVID-19 Increase at Unnamed Business

Oregon reports 71 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases today, no new deaths ...

Some Columbia River Gorge Trails, Parks Reopen Today

Crowded sites including most waterfall viewing areas, campgrounds, and visitor’s centers will stay closed because of the coronavirus...

Over 60 Percent of U.S. Households Have Responded to 2020 Census

Washington is one of the 6 states with the highest self-response rates and both Seattle and Portland are one of the top 8 cities with...

Federal Court Rules Florida Law That Undermined Voting Rights Restoration Is Unconstitutional

The law required people with past convictions to pay all outstanding legal fees, costs, fines, and restitution before regaining their...

The Latest: Pope: World cannot turn "a blind eye to racism"

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck:TOP OF THE HOUR:— Pope says world cannot turn “a blind eye to racism."— Police confront several hundred protesters in...

Portland, Oregon, remains largely peaceful, curfew lifted

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protests in Portland, Oregon, were largely peaceful on Tuesday night as thousands of people held a massive rally downtown, but several hundred people broke away at the end of the event, prompting police to use flash-bang grenades and tear gas to break up the...

Kansas, Missouri renew Border War with 4-game football set

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas and Missouri are resuming their bitter Border War in football after the former Big 12 rivals agreed to a four-game series in which each school will play two home games beginning in September 2025.The fourth-longest rivalry in college football dates to 1891, but...

OPINION

Mayor Ted Wheeler: Portland and the Path Forward

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler invites Portlanders, as public servants, to join him "in insisting that we never return to business as usual." ...

Local Business Leaders Share Messages of Hope

President, CEO of SAIF says each of us must move forward in "our understanding of the problem, in holding ourselves accountable for our own attitudes and biases, and in coming together, not apart." ...

Time to Stop Messing Around and Strike at the Root of Police Violence

Thomas Knapp says the root of police violence is the creation of "police forces" as state institutions separate from the populace and dedicated to suppressing that populace on command ...

A Letter to George Floyd: (Posthumous)

As Black mothers, so often we say, our Black boys across this nation belong to all of us. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Nation's streets calmest in days, protests largely peaceful

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protests were largely peaceful and the nation's streets were calmer than they have been in days since the killing of George Floyd set off demonstrations that at times brought violence and destruction along with pleas to stop police brutality and injustice against African...

Democratic Baltimore mayoral race too close to call

BALTIMORE (AP) — The race for the Democratic nomination for Baltimore mayor was too close to call Tuesday.After polls closed, the city’s Board of Elections released mail-in votes received through late last week. But the slim margin of votes between the leading candidates made the race...

Broncos stop football to talk about race relations, Floyd

Instead of X's and O's, the Denver Broncos spent Tuesday talking about racial injustice, police brutality and healing a nation rocked by demonstrations over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on top of the coronavirus outbreak and its economic devastation.Team president Joe Ellis addressed...

ENTERTAINMENT

Trump as thug or hero? Depends on what network you watch

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a split screen for the ages on MSNBC Monday: on the left side, President Donald Trump talking about restoring law and order. On the right, a tear-gassed young woman vomiting in a Washington street.For a nation rubbed raw following a traumatic weekend, cable television...

Books on race and criminal justice top bestseller lists

NEW YORK (AP) — As nationwide protests against racism and police violence continue, readers are seeking out books old and new on race and criminal justice. Robin Diangelo's “White Fragility," Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow" and Bryan Stevenson's “Just Mercy” were...

'Just Mercy,' drama of racial injustice, to be free in June

NEW YORK (AP) — The 2019 film “Just Mercy,” which chronicles courtroom struggles against racial injustice and mass incarceration, will be made free on digital platforms throughout June in the wake of George Floyd's death, Warner Bros. said Tuesday. In the film, Michael B....

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

False claims of antifa protesters plague small U.S. cities

CHICAGO (AP) — In the days since President Donald Trump blamed antifa activists for an eruption of violence...

Cyclone lashes India's business capital, 100,000 evacuated

MUMBAI, India (AP) — A cyclone made landfall Wednesday south of India's financial capital of Mumbai, with...

A year later, Sudanese raped in crackdown wait for justice

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Two or three times a week, Mayada goes to visit her baby daughter at the foster...

Trump questions render Trudeau speechless for 21 seconds

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that Canadians are watching...

Asia Today: S Korea reopening schools despite spike in cases

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday reported 49 new cases of COVID-19, continuing a...

Burkina Faso's food woes deepen as extremists expand reach

TOUGAN, Burkina Faso (AP) — Islamic extremists chased Adama Drabo and his family from their land in western...

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Kam Williams, Special to The Skanner News

Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington) is winding down a 28-year career riding the rails with the Allegheny & West Virginia RR. Despite the lack of a blemish on his sterling record, the veteran engineer's being forced by the company to take an early retirement in a cost-cutting measure set to take effect in just a couple of weeks.

To add insult to injury, Frank finds himself partnered with Will Colson (Chris Pine), a young conductor who's recently been hired because of his union connections. It is therefore understandable that there might be some tension in the air when, because of the rookie's mistake, they end up leaving the train yard pulling a few more freight cars than intended.

However, that faux pas pales in comparison to the one simultaneously being made elsewhere in Southern Pennsylvania. For some inane reason, the world's worst engineer (Ethan Suplee) decides to jump off his slow-moving locomotive to throw a switch to direct it onto another track.

Trouble is that, before he can climb back up, the throttle inadvertently slips down into the "FULL" position and the half-mile long freight train takes off without anyone aboard. This frightful development puts the runaway diesel on a collision course with a passenger train filled with school kids coming from the other direction on the very same track.

Can what looks like certain disaster somehow be averted? Of course, that challenge falls at the feet of fearless Frank who nobly rises to the occasion after grudgingly burying the hatchet with Will while suppressing his bitterness about being fired. That, in a nutshell, is the clichéd premise established at the outset of Unstoppable, an edge-of-your-seat roller coaster ride designed with the Attention Deficit Generation in mind.

Based on actual events, the over-stimulating adventure proceeds to serve up a thrill a minute, much like the delightful, taser-like delivery of your typical computer game. Still, this star vehicle features Denzel Washington doing what Denzel does best, namely, playing a selfless stoic with good teeth in another compelling performance certain to feel oh so familiar to his loyal fan base.

Deja Denzel.

 

Good (2 stars)

Rated PG-13 for profanity and scenes of peril.

Running time: 98 minutes

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

DVD Extras: Director's audio commentary and a featurette entitled: "The Fastest Track: Unleashing Unstoppable."

 

To see a trailer for Unstoppable, click here

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