STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, DEC. 5, 2019 (State House News Service) — Supporters of increasing fees on ride-hailing trips, expanding highway tolls, and charging drivers for every mile they travel made their cases to lawmakers Thursday, each pitching their respective proposal as a necessary source of revenue to address the state’s growing transportation needs. Several key House members have hinted that they are likely to include an increase in the state’s 24-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax in a transportation revenue bill that Speaker Robert DeLeo is eyeing for release next month, but other ideas put on the table during a Transportation Committee hearing on Thursday could supplement that revenue stream. Rep. Thomas Stanley warned his colleagues that over the long term the gas tax will be insufficient to meet roadway and public transit needs. Rising fuel efficiency in vehicles, he said, means that even the same frequency of driving will result in motorists purchasing less gas, … [Read more...] about Massachusetts Lawmakers Propose Expanding Highway Tolls, Charging Drivers By The Mile
Because of not only their greatness but also their rareness, Daniel Day-Lewis performances are something to be richly savored—and that goes doubly for his turn in Phantom Thread, given that the illustrious Academy Award-winner has announced that his role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s historical character study will be his last. Throughout a career that has few equals, Day-Lewis has exhibited a deft versatility, and exuded a prone-to-explode intensity, that’s awe-inspiring, be it as the cerebral palsy-afflicted Christy Brown in My Left Foot, as gang leader Bill “The Butcher” Cutting in Gangs of New York, as American president Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, or as milkshake-drinking oil magnate Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood, his prior collaboration with Anderson. Along with Meryl Streep, he’s modern cinema’s reigning Best Actor Alive, and his excellence is enhanced, to a degree, by the scarceness of his output, making … [Read more...] about Daniel Day-Lewis Goes Out With a Bang in the Exquisite ‘Phantom Thread’
Daniel Day-Lewis sent the internet into a film-bro tizzy Tuesday afternoon when he announced that, at age 60 and after a celebrated four-decade film career, he is retiring from acting. Which is an incredible privilege to announce. There was no reason given for his retirement, with Day-Lewis’ spokesperson, Leslee Dart, simply saying, “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor. He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject. ” In that case, the internet (also me) will gladly comment on it in their stead! First came the jokes riffing on his legendary reputation for getting deep in character during film shoots for projects like Lincoln, There Will Be Blood, Gangs of New York, and My Left Foot, and then staying in character for the entirety of the shoot. (Including my own attempt: “I will … [Read more...] about Daniel Day-Lewis Is Retiring From Acting. Hollywood Women Don’t Have That Luxury.
(CNN)In London, President Donald Trump, having been the subject of mockery by fellow world leaders at a major summit, packed up early and left without holding a traditional news conference -- but not without firing back at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling him "two-faced." In Washington, four law professors testifying before congressional impeachment investigators divided on whether Democrats have the grounds to impeach Trump. The three called by Democrats argued that we've learned enough about Trump's pressure on Ukraine -- an effort to get a foreign country to damage a potential 2020 Democratic rival -- while the one expert called by Republicans said the inquiry has moved too fast. And we learned that Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has played a central role in the Ukraine saga, is once again in Ukraine -- and, according to his spokeswoman, is there "for the sole purpose of proving his clients innocence." It's a lot. Here's CNN's minute-by-minute … [Read more...] about A battle of attrition: It was a busy day in impeachment politics
(CNN)A lockdown has been lifted at Pearl Harbor Naval shipyard after a US sailor fatally shot two people and injured another before killing himself Wednesday, an incident for which officials do not yet have a motive. The shooter's name has not been released, but he has tentatively been identified as an active-duty US sailor assigned to the USS Columbia, a submarine that is in dry dock at the base for standard maintenance work, said Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick, commander of Navy Region Hawaii. "We are saddened by this incident, & our thoughts & prayers are with the victims & their families," Chadwick said on the verified Twitter account of the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, where the shooting occurred. One man, who did not give his name, was at his desk Wednesday when he heard the shots from Shipyard Drydock 2, a maintenance area for nuclear submarines. "I kind of recognized that as gunshots, I looked out the window (and) saw three people on the ground, I looked out in time … [Read more...] about A US sailor opens fire at a Pearl Harbor shipyard days before the anniversary of historic attack