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How does Netflix's new 'Rebecca' stack up against the Hitchcock classic and novel?

What reason could there be for a new movie version of “Rebecca”? The Daphne du Maurier novel (still forever young at 82) was long ago filmed, impeccably so, in chic black-and-white by Alfred Hitchcock. Nonetheless, here we are with a new one on Netflix, starring Lily James and Armie Hammer, so I guess I’d better come up with some reasons. So we all, during this autumn of our discontent, could gaze at lavish Monaco hotel suites, “Downton Abbey”-ish English manor houses and ocean waves picturesquely crashing on a rocky beach, all in lush color? So that Kristin Scott Thomas could slink around loo...

Suffering from COVID-19 science overload? This university team wades through the deluge so you don't have to

SEATTLE — Remember early spring, when it felt like we were all plunged into a crash course in epidemiology, heads spinning with terms like “R-naught,” “flatten the curve” and “herd immunity?” Every new nugget of data and scientific insight about the novel coronavirus was headline news, ricocheting from Twitter to technical journals to talking heads.The wall-to-wall coverage has eased since then, but the pace of discovery hasn’t. Every day, hundreds of new research papers are published or posted about the virus and pandemic, ranging from case studies of single patients to randomized, controlled...

Alaska Airlines to furlough or lay off more employees as COVID-19 grips travel industry

As federal aid for airlines runs out and negotiations over more coronavirus relief stall, Alaska Airlines has begun cutting nearly 450 more flight attendants and other employees from its payroll while borrowing $1.3 billion from the U.S. Treasury.The furloughs, first reported by online aviation magazine The Points Guy, were hardly unexpected. In June, Seattle-based Alaska announced it would begin slashing 3,000 jobs from its 23,000-person workforce starting at the end of September to bring expenses more in line with revenues, which have plunged as the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed travel.The vas...

50 years after death, Jimi Hendrix continues shaping Seattle music -- as same racial inequities persist

SEATTLE — He’s not onstage, but Jabrille “Jimmy James” Williams is busting out the deep cuts. It doesn’t take much prodding to get one of Seattle’s premier guitar players — a certified Jimi Hendrix aficionado — on a roll, recounting with love tales of lost jam sessions and other Hendrixian legends that burn as brightly as a flaming Stratocaster.Even his stage name, a pseudonym Hendrix himself once used, is partly an homage to the Seattle-reared music icon. “Jimi Hendrix represented everything that has to do with the word ‘freedom,’” James says in a phone interview. “People want to put him in a...

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