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‘Our Nixon’ uses hundreds of reels shot by staff members

By hnn

These days, Dwight Chapin shoots movies on his iPad. But in the Richard M. Nixon White House, he and his colleagues John Ehrlichman and H. R. Haldeman were Super 8-wielding auteurs, capturing intimate moments that eluded the press corps: Tricia Nixon before her wedding; the president in Beijing enjoying a ballet about a workers’ insurrection; Pope Paul VI shot sideways (because Haldeman had smuggled his camera into the Vatican).

The images, surreptitious and otherwise, are included in “Our Nixon,” the impressionistic documentary directed by Penny Lane that has its premiere Thursday on CNN. The film makes use of hundreds of reels of home movies shot by Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Mr. Chapin, some of which had been confiscated by the F.B.I. during the Watergate investigation. The footage remained largely unseen for 40 years.

“They weren’t being hidden,” Ms. Lane said. “They were being ignored.”


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Source: FULL ARTICLE at History News Network – George Mason University

Wedding Blues? Here’s How To Deal With Post-Big Day Sadness

By The Huffington Post News Editors

As much as you may have complained about planning your wedding, the moment it’s all over you might find yourself feeling more depressed than relieved. But you have a lot to be happy about — after all, you just married the person of your dreams! So what gives?

This phenomenon, known as the “post-wedding blues,” is completely normal and happens to many brides. Wedding planner Bitchless Bride described it best in her HuffPost blog post, “5 Ways to Beat the After Wedding Blues.”

“Similar to a tumultuous breakup, when your wedding planning is over, even if it wasn’t a great experience for you, it still became a habit,” she writes. “You always had something to do, decisions to make, places to be, people to not only spend time with, but who were desperately trying to assist your every whim. And now it’s over…Whether you choose to admit it or not, wedding planning became your pastime.”

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NFC Ring is designed to unlock your door and smartphone

NFC technology as a mobile pay technology never lived up to high expectations. Never mind, say analysts, because NFC, which stands for near field communications, as a wireless technology that can transfer data at short distances, may be the starter for innovative applications to come. A Kickstarter NFC-enabled, NFC Ring project now under way is a case in point. This is a ring made to be worn on the finger at all times, like a wedding band. The promotional video says that the ring allows the user to unlock a door lock that is NFC-enabled, unlock a smartphone just by touching it with the ring, or, for those so inclined, can hold your bitcoin address. The team behind the Android-based ring points out that it does not work easily with all NFC-enabled phones, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Blackberry Z10 to be exact. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Phys.org

‘First Look’ Photos That Will Make You Believe In Love

By The Huffington Post News Editors

The “First Look” photo is one of the most powerful pictures taken at a wedding. Whether the marrying couple sees each other before the ceremony, or for the first time while walking down the aisle, the moment is so emotional that it almost always makes for a moving photograph.

Below, we’ve collected “First Look” photos from some the nation’s best photographers. Click through the see 25 evocative images that will make you believe in the power of love.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post

Real Weddings: Couples Who Got Married This Weekend (PHOTOS)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

It’s been nearly a month since the Supreme Court struck down DOMA and Prop 8 and here at HuffPost Wedding, we’re oh-so-happy to see more and more Real Weddings photos coming in from same-sex couples!

Click through the slideshow below to see some real wedding moments captured by those who attended them. If you go to a wedding, tweet a photo to @HuffPostWedding or email it to us the Monday morning after so we can feature it on the site.

Missed last week’s weddings? You can see them here.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post

Royal Baby Gets Religious Celebrations At Westminster Abbey And Anglican Churches, With Christening To Follow

By The Huffington Post News Editors

As people around the world watch news of the birth of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s baby boy, the priests and parishioners of Westminster Abbey, the Anglican church where the royal couple was married, are taking celebrations to another level.

Church bells will ring consecutively for three hours and fifteen minutes to observe the new arrival, for whom the 600 worshippers said prayers on Monday evening while the Middleton was still in labor. A ten-person team — with substitutes in case of sickness or fatigue — will helm the bells for a full peal in a method of ringing called the Cambridge Surprise Royal. In city squares around the United Kingdom, churches are also ringing their bells.

“This is a time when the example of a royal baby focuses the attention on the importance of every baby and child,” said the Rev. John Hall, the dean of the abbey who officiated at the couple’s wedding. “It’s a time of looking forward, of great hope. The truth is that every birth is a sign of new hope and new life, but the birth of this baby brings joy throughout the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth and many other places, including the United States.”

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post

NASCAR Takes to the Dirt in the Middle of Ohio on a Wednesday

By Steven Cole Smith

There hasn’t been much in the way of positive NASCAR news this year. Rather than building more grandstands for overflow crowds, some tracks are reducing seating capacity—flagship Daytona International Speedway is trimming its bleachers by around 15 percent. Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson seems to be rolling along uneventfully to a sixth crown. And Danica Patrick, who NASCAR publicists were hoping might have won three or four races so far in first full season, is turning out to be a mid-packer at best. But , if you dig deep enough, there is some unexpected good news to be found, in all places, smack in the middle of a bunch of corn fields in western Ohio. And it will occur, of all times, on a Wednesday night. And it has been sold out, nearly 18,000 seats, since January.

Eldora Speedway, the half-mile dirt track that isn’t on the way to much of anywhere, is hosting the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on July 24th. It’s the first time a major NASCAR series has run on a dirt track since September 30, 1970, when Richard Petty drove a Plymouth to victory at State Fairgrounds Speedway in Raleigh, North Carolina. State Fairgrounds Speedway isn’t around anymore. Neither is Plymouth, for that matter. Has anybody seen Richard Petty lately?

Stewart is the proud owner of Eldora Speedway, as well as a few cars in the Sprint Cup series, too.

Wednesday’s race, the CarCash Mudsummer Classic, is the result of a conversation a couple of years ago between the track’s owner, former Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, and NASCAR. Stewart bought Eldora from Earl Baltes, who owned it for 50 years. To understand Eldora, you have to understand Earl Baltes, now 92.

The CIA could not have done a better job of disguising a brilliant, savvy promoter as a backwoods hayseed, complete with dungarees, suspenders, a baseball cap with the bill turned up, and Elvis sideburns. A former bandleader, Baltes turned Eldora into a magic place—where else could a fan sit at the top of the grandstands, lean over while watching the race, and order a shot from a full bar? Baltes made Eldora into one of those valuable properties that is known worldwide by just one name, like Daytona, Talladega, Sebring, or Le Mans.

In 2001, he ran a late-model race that paid $1 million to the winner, which was Donnie Moran. Afterward, when we asked Baltes how the night went, he answered with his trademark line: “If I coulda sold one more hot dog, I woulda broke even.” If Baltes is there Wednesday night, ask him about the time he had Pancho Carter preside over the wedding of two gorillas. No, we are not making that up. With Earl Baltes, you don’t have to.

When the time finally came to sell Eldora, the list of buyers who might operate Eldora in the manner in which we’ve become accustomed to was pretty short. At the top was Stewart, an Indiana native who raced …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver

Awesome Wedding Invitations Mimic Iconic Movie And TV Posters (PHOTOS)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

We have a feeling Siskel and Ebert would have given these wedding invitations two thumbs up.

Southern California couple Joshua and Rachel Watson took inspiration from their favorite films and TV shows when they crafted the invitations for their June 1 wedding. With the help of photographer Jordan Nakamura, the Watsons inserted themselves into posters for films such as, “Casablanca,” “Inception” and “Mad Men,” then sent guests a DVD case with one of the posters as the cover and a CD of their favorite music inside.

Joshua, a photographer, told HuffPost Weddings in an email that he and Rachel, who works in film and television, felt “burnt out” with traditional wedding and engagement photography. “[Traditional photography] seems a little ‘cut-and-pasted’ to us,” he said. “We wanted our engagement and wedding to be the first time we actually collaborated and created something together, and decided to produce this.”

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Candlelight Wedding Ideas For Romantic Ceremonies (PHOTOS)

By The Huffington Post News Editors

By Kellee Khalil for Lover.ly

When it comes to your wedding, sometimes being in the dark isn’t a bad thing! Candles add a dramatic, romantic touch to your ceremony and set the mood at your reception. If your venue doesn’t allow candles, realistic-looking flickering LED candles are a great alternative. Here are 10 beautiful candlelit weddings to inspire you.

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Gold's Origins Discovered … in Space

By Kevin Spak

If you’ve got, say, a gold wedding ring, you are currently wearing a memento from the collision of two neutron stars. Or at least, that’s what scientists hypothesize after witnessing one such collision in space, seemingly answering a longstanding scientific quandary, the LA Times reports. Neutron stars are the superdense… …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Newser – Great Finds

Air N.Z. says love in the air for first gay wedding

Air New Zealand announced plans to stage the country’s first same-sex marriage at an altitude of 30,000 feet (9,000 metres), saying it wants to prove that love is truly in the air.

New Zealand passed a bill allowing gay marriage in April but it does not become law until August 19, when officials say they are expecting a slew of same-sex weddings.

Air New Zealand launched a competition Wednesday for those keen to be the first to tie the knot, saying the ceremony will be staged on an early morning flight from Queenstown to Auckland on August 19. The competition closes on July 26.

The airline said US actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson from TV show “Modern Family” would attend the high-flying nuptials with his partner Justin Mikita.

“Justin and I are thrilled to be taking part in witnessing this historic moment for New Zealand,” he said in a statement.

“After launching ‘Tie The Knot’, our bow tie campaign for marriage equality in the US, it is clear that the journey towards marriage, both in the US and beyond, means so much to us.”

However, Air New Zealand faces competition to be first to organise the country’s inaugural gay wedding, with two radio stations also announcing plans for similar ceremonies, albeit land-based.

Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages Jeff Montgomery has increased the number of marriage celebrants ahead of the deadline, extending the powers of 120 civil union celebrants so they can also perform weddings.

“We anticipate a strong level of demand from the same sex couples in New Zealand, and also from overseas, to get married, so it makes sense to increase the number of marriage celebrants,” he said.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox World News

MPs pass gay marriage bill

MPs passed a bill legalising same-sex marriage in England and Wales, paving the way for the first gay weddings in 2014.

The House of Commons decided not to oppose a number of minor amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill proposed by the House of Lords.

The legislation is now expected to receive official assent from Queen Elizabeth later this week after MPs agreed to changes such as ensuring protections for transgender couples.

Already on Monday night, jubilant gay rights activists danced outside parliament as the government-backed bill passed unopposed through the House of Lords. Some members there wore pink carnations.

A spokesman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which is overseeing the new law, told AFP the bill would probably receive royal assent on Wednesday or Thursday.

“But we are looking at seeing the first gay weddings in the middle of 2014 because there are various issues to sort out, such as its impact on pensions,” the spokesman added.

Government computer systems also need to be updated to allow same-sex marriages to be registered, at an estimated cost of ??2 million.

But the government hopes legalising gay marriage will bring an overall boost to the economy, estimating that the change could bring in up to ??14.4 million a year for caterers, hotels and the rest of the wedding industry.

The bill survived a stormy passage through parliament, with dozens of Tories voting against it.

Tory minister Gerald Howarth criticised the way the government had backed the bill.

“I have to say that it is astonishing that a bill for which there is absolutely no mandate, against which a majority of Conservatives voted against, has been bulldozed through both Houses and just two hours of debate tonight is an absolute parliamentary disgrace,” he said.

“I think the government should think very carefully in future if they want the support of these benches. Offending large swathes of the Conservative Party is not a good way of going about it.”

An attempt in the Lords last month to kill off the legislation with a “wrecking amendment” failed.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the new law would ensure that gay couples felt “recognised and valued, not excluded”.

Gay rights activists have vowed to press on for equal marriage in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

But opponents of gay marriage have warned that the legislation will “come back to bite” Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Coalition for Marriage campaign group said it would mobilise a 700,000-strong support base ahead of next year’s European elections and the general election in 2015.

“They are passionate, motivated and determined to fight on against a law that renders terms like ‘husband and wife’ meaningless,” said the group’s chairman Colin Hart.

Civil partnerships for gay couples have been legal in Britain since 2005, giving them identical rights and responsibilities to straight couples in a civil marriage.

But campaigners point to differences, such as gay couples’ inability to choose a religious ceremony or to call their partnership a “marriage”.

The new law will ban the Churches of England and Wales — which are …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Fox World News