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) “I came from the dance world, so of course my first film -- even if it’s horror -- there’s going to be a dance scene,” Packard acknowledged with a laugh. The real star of the film, though, is the title character. With one hand replaced by – you guessed it! – a pitchfork and sporting an animal-fur mask, “Pitchfork” is alternately childlike and psychotic. He longs for physical contact -- then kills when rejected. He is also shirtless. “I thought about the gay horror fans –- and the female horror fans -– and I have this background in male revue,” Packard explained, “So right away I knew my villain, my slasher, was going to be shirtless.” Actor Daniel Wilkinson manages to make “Pitchfork” both frightening and sympathetic. The product of a twisted upbringing, touched upon at the film’s torture-horror finale (think Saw ), Packard assures the character’s backstory will be explored in greater detail as the “franchiseunfolds.
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npr.org/player/embed/135546453/135546446" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript That way anybody who resonates with that, anybody who wants to promote that feeling of welcome and hospitality, will feel free to grab a sign," Meyer says. By the thousands, people have. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with very few objections or acts of vandalism. A few people have objected that it's just a sign, not an action. And everyone agrees on that point. "Does a sign change anything on its own? No, it doesn't," Schneider, who has helped distribute signs in D.C., says. "But it expresses that this is a person who believes this, and that's a great sign, literally and figuratively. It shows that it's a community that's caring, not apathetic." "That's the thing with a symbol," Bucher says. "A symbol is something that stands for something else. ... The sign is this symbol to us, of how we live." Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR .
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npr.org/player/embed/504958822/504975542" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Meanwhile, U.N. negotiators are frustrated by the lack of progress in talks on how to help the civilians who are trapped. "[T]he Member States that are supposed to help us get access [are] poles apart on what is happening in Syria," United Nations Senior Adviser Jan Egeland told reporters on Thursday . Here's more from the U.N. on why the process is so difficult: " 'I have never, in my many, many years of humanitarian negotiations, been in as difficult negotiations and as frustrating talks that produced nothing in spite of thousands of contacts with all of the parties, and it is with bitterness and frustration that we have to report that we have not been able to evacuate even the wounded,' he announced. "In order to provide humanitarian assistance, cooperation is necessary from the Government of Syria, the Russian Federation, various armed opposition groups, opposition health directorates, and others who must all agree on where, how, what conditions, guarantees, protection standards, and logistics.
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npr.org/player/embed/504723705/504723706" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript The Two-Way Accused Charleston Church Shooter Rehires His Defense Team Earlier the judge rejected a defense motion for a mistrial based on a survivor's testimony that Roof was evil and belonged in "the pit of hell." The mistrial motion said Roof's mother suffered a heart attack after being in the courtroom for the emotional testimony yesterday. She collapsed sitting on the wooden pew behind her son. Throughout the proceedings, Roof has stared straight ahead, expressionless, not watching witnesses or lawyers. He faces the death penalty on 33 charges including hate crimes and obstruction of religion. Defense lawyer David Bruck said he didn't dispute that his client committed these heinous crimes but asked the jury to consider why the 22-year-old white man was so motivated by racial hatred.
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npr.org/player/embed/504733373/504734243" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Here are some highlights of how public media outlets are covering the anniversary of a surprise strike that killed more than 2,300 people: About an hour and a half before the attack, Navy veteran Will Lehner tells NPR , he was part of a patrol crew that sank a small Japanese submarine near the entrance to the harbor. Lehner says, "We saw a lot of smoke and planes diving. We didn't know how bad it was until about 1 o'clock in the afternoon, and we had to go in." He adds, "That's when we saw all of the destruction. There were bodies floating in the water." Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later: U.S. Recalls A Shocking Attack Audio for this story is unavailable. Earl Smith, 94, was on board the USS Tennessee during the attack — and as he tells Hawaii Public Radio , he was also part of his ship's baseball team, which had just beaten teams from the USS West Virginia and the USS Arizona in a double-header on Dec.
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"Visitors described the structure as a warren of scrap wood, sofas, old pianos and electrical cables." For the past three years, Almena leased the building in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood and in turn offered smaller leases to residents. He ran an artists' collective out of the structure, which wasn't zoned for residential use. The AP reports that the warehouse had been under investigation by local building inspectors starting last month. Oakland Warehouse Fire Survivor: 'We Were A Family' Oakland Warehouse Fire Survivor: 'We Were A Family' Listen · 4:16 4:16 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed "> iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/504467106/504467107" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript An artist who survived the fire told NPR that Almena and his partner, Micah Allison, were supportive of her work.
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And they were being told constantly, 'Stare at this, care about this, make this the deal-breaker once and for all.' And they were told that five or six times a week about different things. And yet they went, they voted the way voters have always voted: on things that affect them, not just things that offend them." There's a difference... Listen · 0:21 0:21 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed "> iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/504093288/504104021" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> It is safe to say there was no agreement why Trump won and Clinton lost. At times both campaigns blamed the media. The Clinton team also blamed FBI Director James Comey's two letters in the final days of the campaign about the investigation into Clinton's email server, as well as Russian-linked hacking of the Democratic National Committee and campaign chairman John Podesta's personal Gmail account.
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Tornado Outbreaks Are On The Rise, And Scientists Don't Know Why Listen · 1:42 1:42 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed "> iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/504039462/504041533" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Facebook Twitter Google+ Email December 1, 2016 5:14 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered Christopher Joyce Twitter A man clears the debris from a destroyed convenience store on Thursday in Rosalie, Ala., the day after a reported tornado struck the area. Brynn Anderson/AP A single tornado can cause a lot of damage. But even worse are tornado outbreaks. Just this week, a cluster of at least 18 tornadoes struck the southeast over two days . Scientists are seeing bigger clusters in recent years, and they're struggling to figure out what's happening. When weather conditions are just right — lots of rising heat and moisture, and vertical wind shearsometimes you get more than just a tornado.
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A resident of the town formerly known as Barrow, Alaska, rides her motorcycle along an Arctic Ocean beach in 2005. The town is now officially called Utqiagvik, its Inupiaq name. Al Grillo/AP The northernmost community in the United States has officially restored its original name. In October, the people of the Alaskan town formerly known as Barrow, on the edge of the Arctic Ocean, voted to restore its indigenous name, Utqiagvik. Zachariah Hughes of Alaska Public Media reported that the traditional Inupiaq name Utqiagvik refers to a place to gather wild roots. How To Pronounce Utqiagvik Listen · 0:10 0:10 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed "> iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/503979353/503990717" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> About 4,300 people live in the city according to the most recent Census.
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So it's not only a lot of more industrial type of beer tradition, we also keep to our typical traditions like sour beers, for instance, lambic beers close to Brussels and of course, the famous Trappist and abbey beers. This is all part of our liquid heritage, if you want." UNESCO Deems Belgium's Beer Culture A Treasure Of Humanity Listen · 2:59 2:59 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed "> iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/503974771/503997703" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> In its note recognizing Belgium's beer scene , UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) wrote that while the country drinks a wide variety of beer, it's also famous for cooking with it — making everything form flavorful sauces to beer-washed cheese. Article continues after sponsorship The agency also noted the beer expertszythologists — who study and discuss the country's complex and often experimental brews.
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Storm damage across central Alabama (photos, video) #alwx https://t.co/zqvOz7mwDa pic.twitter.com/n4CGi4ZKin ABC 33/40 News (@abc3340) November 30, 2016 In Tennessee, a tornado was spotted in Coffee County, and the NWS noted wind damage in more than two dozen locations. In Athens, Tenn., the local newspaper was sharing information Tuesday about how to send help to residents of Gatlinburg as they recover from the fires that have destroyed the town. But on Wednesday, The Daily Post-Athenian was in trouble of its own. Article continues after sponsorship Fires Continue To Burn Across Southeastern U.S. Fires Continue To Burn Across Southeastern U.S. Listen · 1:56 1:56 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed "> iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/502345004/502345005" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript The Daily Post-Athenian's office on Jackson Street was heavily damaged by the tornado which struck McMinn County this morning," the newspaper wrote on Facebook .
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Storm damage across central Alabama (photos, video) #alwx https://t.co/zqvOz7mwDa pic.twitter.com/n4CGi4ZKin ABC 33/40 News (@abc3340) November 30, 2016 In Tennessee, a tornado was spotted in Coffee County, and the NWS noted wind damage in more than two dozen locations. In Athens, Tenn., the local newspaper was sharing information Tuesday about how to send help to residents of Gatlinburg as they recover from the fires that have destroyed the town. But on Wednesday, The Daily Post-Athenian was in trouble of its own. Article continues after sponsorship Fires Continue To Burn Across Southeastern U.S. Fires Continue To Burn Across Southeastern U.S. Listen · 1:56 1:56 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed "> iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/502345004/502345005" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript The Daily Post-Athenian's office on Jackson Street was heavily damaged by the tornado which struck McMinn County this morning," the newspaper wrote on Facebook .
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Protesters say she was struck by a police weapon; police suggest she might have been involved in an explosion caused by protesters. "Both sides agree that the overnight protest got tense, but that's where any agreement ends," reports Amy Sisk , a journalist with the public media collaboration Inside Energy. Protester Could Lose Her Arm After Being Injured In N.D. Pipeline Protests Listen· 3:29 Listen · 3:14 3:14 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed "> iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/503120449/503121979" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Sisk, who has been reporting on the protest for NPR for months, says the clash on Sunday night saw 400 protesters and police facing off over a bridge that had been closed by authorities, blocking access to the pipeline construction site: "As protesters took to the bridge, police deployed tear gas and sponge bullets.
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Jacquelyn Martin/AP Pompeo, a third-term Republican congressman from Kansas, has been offered the post of CIA director. Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo Weighs In On House Benghazi Committee Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo Weighs In On House Benghazi Committee Listen · 6:06 6:06 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed "> iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/449090591/449090592" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript "I am honored to have been given this opportunity to serve and to work alongside President-elect Donald J. Trump to keep America safe. I also look forward to working with America's intelligence warriors, who do so much to protect Americans each and every day," Pompeo said. According to his congressional biography , he graduated from West Point and served as a cavalry officer.
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New Satellite Provides Weather Forecasts For The Final Frontier Listen · 3:18 3:18 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed "> iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/499576593/502539504" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Facebook Twitter Google+ Email November 18, 2016 4:38 AM ET Heard on Morning Edition Rae Ellen Bichell The sun regularly shoots particles into space. The resulting "space weather" can be very disruptive. Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA Every morning in a government office building in Boulder, Colorado, about a dozen people type a code into a door and line up against a wall on the other side. There are a couple of guys in military uniform, and some scientists in Hawaiian shirts. They work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and they're here for a daily space weather forecast.
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npr.org/player/embed/501854717/501929941" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Faherty tells NPR's Rachel Martin: "It's actually not a science term; it's a term that was coined by an astrologist over 30 years ago, and it didn't have much science behind it, except that he coined a term for when the moon was full, when it was 90 percent of the closest distance it could be to Earth. And a couple of years ago, it just caught on... I think it's just because someone took the word 'super' and put it in front of the word 'moon.' " That astrologer was Richard Noelle, who created the supermoon label in 1979. How To Photograph It First of all, don't frame the moon alone in the sky, Bill Ingalls, NASA's senior photographer, says : "Don't make the mistake of photographing the moon by itself with no reference to anything.
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Protesters And Law Enforcement In N.D. Continue To Clash Over Pipeline Listen · 3:34 3:34 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed "> iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/500458854/500480158" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Police used pepper spray and what they called nonlethal ammunition to remove Dakota Access Pipeline protesters from federal land Wednesday. Demonstrators say they were trying to occupy land just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation where construction of the controversial pipeline is scheduled. This was the first significant clash between law enforcement and protesters since demonstrations turned violent last week and more than 100 people were arrested. According to the Morton County, N.D., Sheriff's Department, a group of people began building a wood pedestrian bridge across a creek north of the main protest camp early Wednesday morning.
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" Here's more: "They're living in abandoned buildings now. They said that they were tricked into coming — they were told they'd only be leaving their homes for a short time. We presume that they will be used as human shields — that's something I've seen myself before in another Iraqi city, Ramadi, and ISIS have done this in other places. "And people inside Mosul confirm to us also that there are thousands of ISIS fighters there. They have erected defenses and they have dug tunnels under houses that we now know go on for miles in some cases." Iraqi Forces Approach Outskirts Of ISIS-Held Mosul Listen · 2:57 2:57 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed "> iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/500228463/500230132" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Meanwhile, as fighting intensifies near the city itself, human rights groups fear how the violence will impact civilians living there.