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Leaving her mark: Native high schooler uses state track meet to raise awareness for missing and murdered women

For last weekend’s Washington State 1B track and field championships, Rosalie Fish painted a red handprint over her mouth, the fingers extending across her cheekbones. On her right leg, she painted the letters “MMIW,” standing for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. As a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, raising awareness for this issue was as natural as running.

Review: ‘The Front Runner’ sees the rise of modern media dysfunction in the fall of Gary Hart

Earlier this year “Chappaquiddick” – a dramatization of Ted Kennedy’s involvement in Mary Jo Kopechne’s death – gave us an account of political elites working the levers of power to manage a news cycle and control coverage of a scandal. “The Front Runner” argues that two decades later, the media landscape had changed, and a scandal-fed news cycle was managing the elites.

Review: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ is a wondrous spectacle

Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve has taken on the herculean task of directing the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic “Blade Runner,” a feat that seems nearly impossible to pull off, considering the reverence with which fans hold the original, one of the most unique and influential pieces of sci-fi cinema. Villeneuve’s film, “Blade Runner 2049,” is a remarkable achievement, a film that feels distinctly auteurist, yet also cut from the very same cloth as Scott’s film.

Lawsuit over use of barefoot marathoner’s name is dismissed

The maker of a popular line of minimalist running shoes doesn’t have to pay damages for naming some of its models after Abebe Bikila, the legendary Ethiopian runner who won the 1960 Olympics marathon barefoot, a federal judge has ruled.

This week’s free game: “Pac-Man 256”

For the 35th anniversary of Namco's classic, we break our non-free-to-play rule and bring you a mobile version of Pac-Man that serves up an endless runner with familiar mechanics.

‘Maze Runner’ sequel faster, bigger, scarier

Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), the young protagonist of the post-apocalyptic teen action films “The Maze Runner” and “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” has a pathological aversion to systems of control. He and his friends discover that they have been subjects in experimental trials at the hands of WCKD, the World Catastrophe Kill Zone Department. The scientific organization is searching for a cure to the “flare” virus that has decimated the earth’s population, and what they need is sweet, sweet teenage blood, which is immune to the virus that turns the infected into zombies. This was established in “The Maze Runner,” and in “Scorch Trials,” director Wes Ball puts the pedal to the floor in terms of thematics, scope and bombast – everything is faster, bigger, and scarier. Thomas, we’re definitely not in the Glade anymore. Where he finds himself, along with his pals who escaped from the Glade and its surrounding maze, is in a helicopter touching down in a vast desert, picking up almost exactly where the first film left off, with a quick dream sequence to fill in the backstory. Taken to a warehouse medical facility, the teens are assured that they are safe from WCKD, but Thomas is not buying it, especially coming from the mouth of the world’s pre-eminent smooth-talking slimeball, actor Aidan Gillen, who plays evil Mr. Janssen.

Latest teen sci-fi dystopia doesn’t set itself apart

This month’s “young adults save the future” film franchise is “The Maze Runner,” an indifferent quest tale about boys trapped in a gigantic maze with no idea how they got there. A teen boy (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up, screaming, on a freight elevator soaring up to a field, where it promptly drops its “greenie” or newbie into a clatch of rustic boys his own age. He doesn’t know his name or anything else other than the English language. But the other lads set him straight.

MLB approves expanded replay starting this season, still working on plate collision ban

Major League Baseball will greatly expand instant replay to review close calls starting this season. MLB announced Thursday that owners, players and umpires have approved the new system. Each manager will be allowed to challenge at least one call per game. If he’s right, he gets another challenge. After the seventh inning, a crew chief can request a review on his own. All reviews will be done by current MLB umpires at a New York office. Also, owners and the players’ union remain at work on drafting a rule that would ban home-plate collisions. Joe Torre says that the rule, in essence, will “make sure a baserunner can’t purposely bowl over” a catcher. – AP