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Dunkirk

HISD Trustee Manuel Rodriguez left us yesterday. Here is from the Chron: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/houston/article/Houston-ISD-Trustee-Manny-Rodriguez-dies-11299894.php.

The much anticipated “Dunkirk” opens this evening nationwide. The director of the flick is Christopher Nolan who brought us The Dark Knight Trilogy. Here is from the headline of the online review in Rolling Stone:

‘Dunkirk’ Review: Christopher Nolan’s WWII Epic May Be the Greatest War Film Ever

Filmmaker’s recreation of key British battle is stunning, stirring – and a stone-cold masterpiece

The movie trailer caught my interest a few months ago. They say “Dunkirk” should be seen on the IMAX screen. The movie also comes in at under two hours – very good.   I have found that a lot of younger folks I have talked to about “Dunkirk” know absolutely zilch about what happened in Dunkirk in 1940.   I learned about it in high school when we were taught about World War II. Maybe they don’t teach it anymore or maybe as some younger person pointed out to me is we don’t know about it because it happened a year and a half before we – the USA – got into World War II. Folks are going to know now.

It is on my list of flicks to see soon.

On the “greatest war film ever” line, I will just compare to WW II flicks. My fav is “Saving Private Ryan” but it didn’t win best pic at the Oscars. The two that did are “Bridge on the River Kwai” and “Patton.” We will see.

What the heck, I will throw in another fav, “The Dirty Dozen.” It got four Oscar nominations.

Here is from Rebecca Elliott’s article on the latest on the City of H-Town Public Works Director who is on a paid leave of absence:

Mayor Sylvester Turner declined to provide a timeline Wednesday for his review of the Houston Public Works director’s conduct, but said his assessment is underway in light of revelations that the longtime public contractor made unlawful payments to an elected official awaiting sentencing on a federal bribery charge.

Karun Sreerama, whom the mayor placed on paid leave last week, paid $77,143 to longtime Houston Community College trustee Chris Oliver in three installments between late 2010 and mid-2013, when Sreerama owned a private engineering firm.

Oliver was indicted for allegedly extorting Sreerama, but the acting U.S. attorney agreed to dismiss that charge in exchange for Oliver’s guilty plea to a separate bribery charge, court records show. 

Turner reiterated that he was unaware of the situation prior to appointing Sreerama in March. 

“I’ll take the necessary time to thoroughly vet it to make sure that no additional shoes are going to fall and that I have all the information I need to make a good decision for the city,” Turner said. “Public works is important, and perceptions are important.”

Here is the entire article: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/Turner-continuing-to-vet-public-works-director-11300446.php.

Well if “perceptions are important”, he’s a goner. I don’t know of a single person other than his lawyer who says he should stay on.

I am skipping the MLB question today as our lead is now 15 ½ games with 67 to go and we are off today then start a 9 game roadie in B’More tomorrow and we are 33-11 away from The Yard. Got it?

We don’t play at The Yard again until the last day of this month when we host the Rays.

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