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After a train derailment, Ohio residents are living the plot of a movie they helped make

When Ben Ratner’s family signed up in 2021 to be extras in the movie “White Noise,” they thought it would be a fun distraction from their day-to-day life in blue-collar East Palestine, Ohio.

Ratner, 37, is in a traffic jam scene, sitting in a line of cars trying to evacuate after a freight train collided with a tanker truck, triggering an explosion that fills the air with dangerous toxins. In another scene, his father wears a trench coat and hat while people walk across an overpass to get out of town. Directors told the group they wanted them to look “forlorn and downtrodden” as they escape the environmental disaster.

The 2022 movie was shot around Ohio and is based on a novel by Don DeLillo. The book was published in 1985, shortly after a chemical disaster in Bhopal, India, that killed nearly 4,000 people. The book and film follow the fictional Gladney family – a couple and their four kids – as they flee an “airborne toxic event” and then return home and try to resume their normal lives.

Ratner tried to rewatch the movie a few days ago and found that he couldn’t finish it.

“All of a sudden, it hit too close to home,” he said.

Ratner and his family – his wife, Lindsay, and their kids, Lilly, Izzy, Simon and Brodie – are living the fiction they helped bring to the screen.

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When Is the First Four of March Madness? Teams, Schedule, More

When is the First Four of March Madness? Teams, schedule, more originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

For most teams in the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments, six wins stand between them and a national championship.

But for some, an extra victory is required.

A total of eight teams from each tournament field have to earn their way into the Big Dance’s Round of 64 by playing in the First Four.

The First Four was introduced to the men’s tournament in 2011 and has seen two teams make it from there all the way to the Final Four: VCU in 2011 and UCLA in 2021. Last season was the first time the women’s tourney featured the First Four.

So, could we see a First Four squad make a Cinderella run this year?

Here’s what to know about the opening games of March Madness:

Which teams are in the First Four of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament?
Southeast Missouri State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will play for the No. 16 seed in the South, which comes with a first-round matchup against No. 1 overall seed Alabama.

The other 16 seed up for grabs is in the East, where Texas Southern will take on Fairleigh Dickinson. No. 1 Purdue awaits the winner of the matchup.

RELATED: Bracket for men’s NCAA Tournament
Pitt and Mississippi State will meet with the No. 11 seed in the Midwest and a matchup with No. 6 Iowa State on the line.

The No. 11 seed in the Midwest, meanwhile, will go to either Arizona State or Nevada, with the winner advancing to face No. 6 TCU.

When is the First Four of the men’s NCAA tournament?
The men’s First Four will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Where is the First Four of the men’s NCAA tournament?
Men’s First Four games are held at the University of Dayton Arena in Ohio.

What is the schedule for the First Four of the men’s NCAA tournament?

No. 16 Southeast Missouri State vs. No. 16 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6:40 p.m. ET
No. 11 Pittsburgh vs. No. 11 Mississippi State, 9:10 p.m. ET

No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson vs. No. 16 Texas Southern, 6:40 p.m. ET
No. 11 Nevada vs. No. 11 Arizona State, 9:10 p.m. ET
What TV channel is the First Four of the men’s NCAA tournament on?
All men’s First Four games will be broadcast on truTV.

How to stream the First Four of the men’s NCAA tournament
You can also stream the action on,, the truTV app and the March Madness Live app.

Which teams are in the First Four of the women’s NCAA tournament?
Monmouth and Tennessee Tech will battle for the No. 16 seed in the Greenville 2 region, where No. 1 Indiana awaits the winner.

The No. 11 seed in the Greenville 1 region will go to either Illinois or Mississippi State, and the winner will face No. 6 Creighton.

RELATED: Bracket for women’s NCAA Tournament
In the Seattle 4 region, Southern and Sacred Heart will square off for the No. 16 seed and the chance to meet No. 1 Stanford.

The No. 11 seed in the Seattle 3 region will be either Purdue or St. John’s, and they’ll face No. 6 UNC.

When is the First Four of the women’s NCAA Tournament?
The women’s First Four is on Wednesday and Thursday.

Where is the First Four of the women’s NCAA Tournament?
The top 16 seeds of the women’s tournament host the First Four, Round of 64 and Round of 32.

What is the schedule for the First Four of the women’s NCAA Tournament?

No. 16 Southern vs. No. 16 Sacred Heart, time TBD (Stanford, California)
No. 11 Illinois vs. No. 11 Mississippi State, time TBD (South Bend, Indiana)

No. 16 Monmouth vs. No. 16 Tennessee Tech, time TBD (Bloomington, Indiana)
No. 11 Purdue vs. No. 11 St. John’s, time TBD (Columbus, Ohio)
What TV channel is the First Four of the women’s NCAA Tournament on?
Wednesday’s First Four games will be shown on ESPNU, while Thursday’s contests will air on ESPN2.

How to stream the First Four of the women’s NCAA Tournament


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Cindy Crawford’s Former Malibu Compound, Once Listed for $99.5 Million, Finds a Buyer

The 3-acre spread owned by retired hedge fund founder Adam Weiss and actress Barret Swatek features panoramic ocean views and most recently listed for $89.75 million.

A palatial Malibu compound once owned by Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber has gone into contract following a recent price drop to $89.75 million, according to records.

The sellers, retired hedge-funder Adam Weiss and his wife, actress Barret Swatek, first listed the 3-acre spread for $99.5 million in March. The final sale price could not be determined.

The owners put significant work into the property after purchasing it from Ms. Crawford and Mr. Gerber for $45 million in 2018, the sellers told The Wall Street Journal at the time, including redoing the landscaping, tearing out a swath of concrete to create a grassy meadow and updating the interiors.

More: ‘Moon River’ Composer Henry Mancini’s Mid-Century Malibu Estate Lists for Nearly $13 Million

They opted to sell after purchasing a $45 million estate on the Hawaiian island of Maui, with plans to make that their full-time residence.

The four-bedroom, 7,450-square-foot Malibu villa features outdoor decks on both levels to make the most of its sweeping ocean views, listing photos show. A private path leads directly down to El Sol Beach, while at the back of the house, outdoor space includes a tennis court as well as a pool, spa, pool deck and a cabana with a fireplace, according to the listing with Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Realty. Ms. Mills was not immediately available for comment.

The home is designed for indoor-outdoor living, and an open-plan great room and dining area on the main level opens out onto the wraparound outdoor deck via sliding glass doors, per the listing.

More: Finneas O’Connell Sells Malibu Home for $5.6 Million

A primary bedroom suite boasts a fireplace, dual bathrooms, a walk-in closet and a sitting area. In addition to two other en-suite bedrooms, a fourth bedroom is equipped with a private entrance, kitchen and bathroom, according to marketing materials.

Mr. Weiss, 54, co-founded New York-based hedge fund Scout Capital Management before closing the firm in 2014, and Ms. Swatek, 45, is an actress known for her work on shows including “American Housewife” and “Yellowstone.” They were not immediately available for comment, and the identity of the buyer could not be determined.


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Samantha Williams Sings ‘I’ve Never Said I Love You’ From DEAR WORLD

New York City Center Encores! is presenting Dear World, which features music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, March 15 – 19.

Watch a sneak peek below of Watch Samantha Williams (Nina) singing ‘I’ve Never Said I Love You’!

The cast also features Donna Murphy (Countess Aurelia), Brooks Ashmanskas (President), Andréa Burns (Constance), Christopher Fitzgerald (Sewerman), Ann Harada (Gabrielle), Kody Jauron (Artiste), and Phillip Johnson Richardson (Julian).

With its premiere in 1969, Dear World made Jerry Herman the first composer-lyricist in history to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway, each centered around a uniquely larger-than-life leading lady. A true hidden gem of the Broadway canon, this madcap fable follows a motley band of outcasts who must rally together to save their picturesque neighborhood in Paris from a greedy cabal of oil-hungry bankers. Two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy takes on the story’s lovable heroine Countess Aurelia, performing some of Herman’s sweetest and most sumptuous songs, including “I Don’t Want to Know,” “Kiss Her Now,” and “Each Tomorrow Morning.” This madcap romp is directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, who helmed Herman’s Mack & Mabel (2019 Encores!), with new Encores! Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell leading The Encores! Orchestra.


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