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Indy 500 legend Bobby Unser dead at 87

A House panel was forced to recess briefly after the 'Galaxy Quest' theme started playing in the background

  • A House hearing was interrupted by audio from “Galaxy Quest” playing in the background.
  • A famous line of the movie could be heard before recess: “By Grabthar’s hammer, you shall be avenged!”
  • A Democratic spokesman said it was due to a technical issue and the hearing restarted.
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A House panel briefly recessed on Monday afternoon after the theme to “Galaxy Quest” started playing loudly during a hearing.

The background of the movie stretched on for 22 minutes during a hearing of the House Appropriations subcommittee. Members continued talking as the movie’s sound could be heard, apparently unaware.

Part of the appropriations hearing was punctured with a famous line from the movie: “By Grabthar’s hammer, you shall be avenged!”

 

 

Evan Hollander, the spokesperson for the Appropriations Committee, said the interruption was due to “an issue with the House Recording Studio feed.”

“While the hearing itself was free of any disruption, HRS apparently decided to add a movie soundtrack over the discussion of energy and water projects,” Hollander wrote on Twitter.

The hearing commenced after the technical issue.

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‘OPEC share slid as India’s oil imports shrank 11.8%’

Country bought more U.S. crude: trade

OPEC’s share of India’s oil imports fell to the lowest in at least two decades in the year to the end of March as overall purchases by Asia’s third-largest economy fell to a six-year low, data obtained from industry and trade sources showed.

Total crude imports by the world’s third-biggest oil importer fell to 3.97 million barrels per day (bpd) in FY21, down 11.8% from a year earlier, data showed.

India bought more U.S. and Canadian oil at the expense of that from Africa and West Asia, reducing purchases from members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to about 2.86 million bpd and squeezing the group’s share of imports to 72% from about 80% previously. That is the lowest share since at least FY02, before which crude import data is not available.

U.S. and Canadian oil accounted for about 7% and 1.3% respectively of India’s imports compared to 4.5% and 0.60% a year earlier.

The U.S. emerged as the fifth-biggest supplier, up two places from FY20.

B.J. Levin Named EVP Non-Fiction At AGC Studios

AGC Studios has hired industry veteran B.J. Levin as EVP Non-Fiction to lead the company’s development and production of nonfiction content for film and television.

Charged with building the indie studio’s episodic nonfiction and unscripted output and contributing to its feature documentary slate, he will report to AGC Television President Lourdes Diaz and chairman/CEO Stuart Ford.

“We’re excited to continue expanding our nonfiction slate under BJ’s leadership,” Diaz said. “He brings focus and exceptional taste to an already talented team”.

A veteran of 15-plus years as a producer and creative executive in the industry, Levin is a two-time Emmy-winning showrunner, executive producer and development executive. In addition to his role as SVP Development & Original Programming at NBCUniversal, he most recently was showrunner of FX’s Hip Hop Uncovered. During his four-season stint as showrunner of Vice on HBO, the series garnered eight Emmy nominations, winning for Outstanding Informational Series in 2014. Levin won his first Emmy for producing Made in 2008.

“I could not be more thrilled to make it official with AGC Studios,” Levin said. “I am honored to be joining the team and being tasked with building an elite unscripted division. Great storytelling is the key to every show worth watching, and I look forward to developing and delivering many of them alongside Stuart and Lourdes.”

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Cotton rips 'politicized' CDC guidance on schools reopening: Kids need full return to classrooms 'now'

 

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., criticized the alleged relationship between the CDC and teachers’ unions on Monday on “The Faulkner Focus,” and urged Americans to “disregard” their advice on reopening schools.

TOM COTTON: The CDC is a thoroughly politicized agency. Most Americans disregard their advice on things like steaks and hamburgers and beers. Increasingly, they should disregard their advice on school reopenings.

Schools need to be open. Schools have been open in Arkansas five days a week, in person since last August and it’s been largely fine. That’s been the case all across the country as well.

We shouldn’t have a politicized public health bureaucracy like the CDC answering at the beck and call of the teachers’ unions. We need kids back and school and back in real school—not sitting in a classroom doing a Zoom session with teachers who are not in the classroom.

We need kids in schools with their teachers now.  

Indy 500 legend Bobby Unser dead at 87

Female-led team taking on Indy 500

Racing driver Simona de Silvestro is returning to the Indy 500 with the female-led Paretta Autosport, which aims to be the first team run and primarily staffed by women to compete in the race.

Three-time Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser, 87, died at his New Mexico home on Sunday, May 2, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway confirmed Monday.

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Unser was a two-time season champion of precursors to today’s IndyCar series and won the Indy 500 in 1968, 1975 and 1981.

The Colorado-born racer was part of a racing family that includes his son Robby, nephew Al Unser Jr. and his brother Al, who is one of just three drivers to have won the Indy 500 four times.

Unser made 258 starts in an open-wheel career that lasted from 1955-1981, picking up 35 wins along the way.

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His final victory came in the contested 1981 Indy 500, where he crossed the finish line first, but initially had the win stripped from him for passing several cars while exiting pit lane. The victory was reinstated after an appeal.

Unser is survived by his wife, Lisa, sons Robby and Bobby Jr., and daughters Cindy and Jeri.

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