Smoke and fire from an Israeli bomb rises into the air ove Gaza City

Wild Pitches: Gaza edition

By TPC STAFF With the current conflict in the Gaza Strip entering its fourth week, the Western media has been struggling to keep the narrative fresh. While there’s some thoughtful reporting out there, most of the coverage has devolved into partisan noise and celebrity nonsense. But now that we’ve entered the media circus portion of this story’s life, here are some tone…

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A stand-up gal: ‘Obvious Child’ mixes emotion and humor to make a rom-com worth watching

By JIM SABATASO | STAFF The most controversial thing about Obvious Child is how uncontroversial it is. The new comedy by first-time director Gillian Robespierre stars Jenny Slate as Donna, a struggling Brooklyn standup comic, who, after a boozy one-night stand, discovers she’s pregnant and decides to get an abortion. That wasn’t a spoiler. While the…

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Name that town: Rejected portmantowns

By JIM SABATASO | STAFF A portmanteau is a word created by combining of two or more other words together to create a new one. Think smog (smoke/fog), spork (spoon/fork), turducken (turkey/duck/chicken/dark magic). Sometimes, towns are named this way — Texarkana, TX (and Arkansas), Kanardo, KS. But not all portmantowns (© 2014, ThePlaidCrew.com) are winners. Here…