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Film Review: ‘Rock Dog’

For a film in which a Tibetan mastiff with big musical dreams stalks a jaded feline rock star while honing his supernatural martial arts powers and dodging kidnapping attempts from a gang of lupine Mafiosi who run a pro wrestling business on the side, “Rock Dog” is surprisingly uneventful. Based on a graphic novel by… Read more »

The Mayflower Has Sailed

There is an empty boat slip on the waterfront in Plymouth, MA. One of our national treasures, the Mayflower II, the full-scale reproduction of the tall ship that brought the Pilgrims to Plymouth in 1620, has left. According to Whit Perry, the director of maritime preservation and operations at Plimoth Plantation, this replica of the…

Snowfall warning issued for parts of southern and central Alberta

A snowfall warning was issued for parts of southern and central Alberta Thursday night with up to 15 centimetres of the white stuff expected in some areas.

Punakha, Bhutan (Chhimi Lhakhang, Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge)

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I woke up to a misty morning, when the mountains and the rice fields are all blanketed by fog, but as the sun comes out and then everything clears up, what reveal underneath is one magnificent view.
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The warmer climate on a winter season, the majestic Punakha Dzong, the fast flowing river, the golden rice fields, it is easy to fall in love with the town of Punakha.
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The town exudes an ambiance of calmness, that feeling that you just arrived in the best place to spend one lazy summer, where all you want to do is run around rice fields , kayak across the Pho Chu River (Father River) and Mo Chu River (Mother River), or maybe hang out at the 160m long Pho Chhu Suspension Bridge, said to be the longest suspension bridge of Bhutan for a spectacular view of both Punakha Dzong and the Pho Chhu Valley.
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Apart from the beautiful valley and the impressive dzong, in Punakha there is the famous Chhimi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to The Divine Madman, Drukpa Kinley.

To reach the temple located uphill, it takes us a half-hour walk from the main road near the village of Sopsokha, passing by local shops, rice-paddies and the small village of Pana where houses are decorated with images of phalluses.
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Chhimi Lhakhang is said to be a fertility temple, where childless couples pray to the fertility goddess, while parents to-be go to select their future baby’s name from a collection of bamboo slips.
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With rows of prayer wheels, the temple, though small in size has such a festive atmosphere. There are monks playing football in the small field while some are playing musical instruments.
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It is believed that the Divine Madman though mentally ill has some divine power. According to legend, Drukpa Kinley wielded his “magic thunderbolt of wisdom”, his penis, as a weapon and managed not only to defeat an ogress but able convert her to Buddhism as well. Odd story, but true and his unorthodox way of Buddhism somehow led to the use of phalluses as a protection symbol, thus explain the drawings at the homes not only across Puna village but across the country.
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We often start our day visiting places in Bhutan quite early and often times we do finish our daily activities quite early too, so with more spare time, my guide Namgay recommended for us to visit a nunnery, the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup.
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The central ground of the complex with a stupa similar to the one in Nepal, with a scenic hilltop location, the view of the valley below and the surrounding mountains, I think if I ever decided to become a Buddhist nun one day I would love to stay in Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup. It is a serene place with friendly nuns who laugh at Namgay joke, when he started telling them to shave my head and dress me with an orange robe as I keep telling him that I don’t want to go home and wanted to live on a place such as this.
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But kidding aside , perhaps I really wanted to stay in Bhutan.

Maybe if someone told me that there will be no flights leaving Bhutan for the next six months or one year or two or more, I would be completely fine with it. I wanted to stay longer in a place where smiles are genuine, where education is free, where food is organic, where happiness is not a myth, where the sky, the land, the air, you are enough, more than enough.
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Sausalito Mudslide Closes Alexander Avenue Until Early March

SAUSALITO (CBS SF) — Alexander Avenue, which connects Sausalito and U.S. Highway 101 to the Golden Gate Bridge, will be closed to vehicle traffic through March 4.

a Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District spokeswoman said Thursday afternoon.

Users of a bicycle and pedestrian pathway on Alexander Avenue should expect congestion and delays of thirty minutes or more while workers remove debris from Monday’s mudslide, District spokeswoman Priya Clemens
said.

The District, Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the City of Sausalito made the decision to close Alexander Avenue, Clemens said.

The District has installed interchangeable message boards about the closure and notified San Francisco bicycle rental businesses about the possible impact to riders, Clemens said.

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Chemical that killed Kim Jong Nam is on UN list of weapons of mass destruction: police

“This is not something you make in a kitchen lab.”

Emma: Blackhawks’ Best Will Be Tough To Beat

By Chris Emma–

CHICAGO (CBS) — Hats rained down to the United Center ice as Coyotes skated through the carnage, left hanging their heads.

The Blackhawks beat down their young, struggling foe and showed what a complete team looks like. Minus a few defensive lapses, this was a clinic. Chicago beat down Arizona, 6-3 on Thursday night.

Just another night of work for the surging Blackhawks.

“You got to be feeling good about what we have in this locker room right now,” said Patrick Kane, whose three goals brought hundreds of hats to the ice.

Inside that dressing room, the laser focus was clear. The Blackhawks aren’t taking their foot off the pedal right now.

By this time of year, the Blackhawks are often enduring a midseason slump. February brings the hockey equivalent of the dog days, when the legs are dragging and rest comes infrequently. Players are worn down and can get their eyes looking toward the Stanley Cup chase ahead.

The Blackhawks have now won three straight and eight of their last nine games. With each time on the ice comes another impressive display of hockey from all throughout the roster.

“If we get four lines going and every line’s a threat to score, that’s really tough for teams to match up against,” rookie winger Nick Schmaltz said.

Indeed, this team is playing four-line hockey, and few teams in the NHL can beat the Blackhawks when they’re playing like this.

Remember that Mike Smith from the playoffs in 2012? He looked overwhelmed by the puck movement in front of his crease, with little defensive help to make life any easier. Thursday marked the fourth time since that series the Blackhawks have scored a six-pack in his net.

Jonathan Toews led a two-on-one rush moments into the game and dished to Schmaltz, who buried it home. Suddenly, the top line with Toews, Schmaltz and Richard Panik is surging, with 15 points in the last two games.

After the Blackhawks buried a pair early on, Kane sniped a shot from the short side and snuck it into the corner. Smith had enough of a challenge with the rest of the Blackhawks, then Kane took over.

This very well could’ve been a down year for the Blackhawks, with veteran bench boss Joel Quenneville forced to play young players like Schmaltz, Ryan Hartman and more. There were early struggles for Quenneville and his staff to counter. Now, this group is clicking from first line to fourth.

In Schmaltz, the Blackhawks have a top-line complement to Toews on the wing — which once appeared to be their biggest need come the trade deadline. Hartman topped Andrew Shaw’s mark in goals last season, netting his 15th on Thursday. Meanwhile, he’s the sandpaper that Quenneville wants to wreak havoc. He became the seventh Blackhawk this season to record at least 15 goals.

Then there’s a player like Rozsival, the 38-year-old elder statesman of the team who stepped in for the injured Niklas Hjalmarsson and tallied his first goal of the season. Rozsival joked his first thought after scoring was the stat sheet changing from “0” to “1” next to his name.

Rozsival played on a 2014-15′ Blackhawks team that endured its share of troubles two years ago February before responding to win the Stanley Cup. Key deadline additions by general manager Stan Bowman helped secure the roster. This team is oozing confidence all around. It’ll be fine without a blockbuster deal.

“It’s definitely something we work hard for,” Rozsival said. “There’s a lot of young players coming in this year. Obviously, early on, it wasn’t like this. It’s great to see everything coming together and really have the young players produce and play really well, whether it’s with the puck or without the puck.”

Maybe Bowman can benefit his Blackhawks by adding another defenseman to the fold — there’s never enough depth on the blue line — but there are no glaring needs, barring good health.

Credit Quenneville, who has embraced the youth by placing it into key roles. The Blackhawks wouldn’t be anywhere near this level of play without the head coach trusting a player like Schmaltz to the top line with Toews.

“We got a lot of chemistry going now, and we know each other on the ice,” Schmaltz said.

The Blackhawks face a great test in the month of March, forced to manage 16 games in 31 days. It’s no wonder why players wish for that week-long bye to be spread out. Quenneville’s next test will be managing fatigue while attempting to catch the Wild, who lead the Blackhawks by three points after Thursday night.

What’s clear now is that these Blackhawks have a level of play that will be tough to beat come time to chase the Cup.

Sure, puck luck can play the greatest factor in any playoff series, but the Blackhawks boast experience that can bring them back to the Stanley Cup Final. With how the youth is fitting, too, this is a dangerous team.

“Anything can happen here down the stretch,” Kane said. “But I think we like the way we’re playing.”

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670 and like his Facebook page.

Learning to Walk

I feel like for the past few years my husband and I have been running.  We are running a bunch of kids, running work, running the house, running our families, and both running away from each other and then back to each other.  We probably have run the equivalent of several marathons.  Maybe I should have prefaced this paragraph with I hate running. One thing …

City teams up with local artists, Nob Hill business amid ART construction

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Thursday night, the city tried helping struggling businesses impact by Albuquerque Rapid Transit project construction.

The city’s “ART Beat on the Street,” teamed up once again with local artists and a Nob Hill business to lure customers in.

Local band “Martial Law” played at Canvas Artistry, an eatery and bar that also features artists’ work. The owner says he’s seen a 25 percent decline of customers since construction started, and that Thursday night’s event is helping.

“This is definitely bringing in some people that may not be familiar with our menu or what we’re doing with our food concepts, street concepts and entertainment,” owner Jesus Gomez said.

“ART Beat” features new local artists at new restaurants or bars every Thursday each week.

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The Baojun 510 Is A Small General Motors Crossover Utility Vehicle For China

This is the brand new Baojun 510 compact SUV for China. It was launched on the Chinese car market earlier this week. Baojun is a brand under SAIC-GM-Wuling, partly owned by General Motors.