“While McConnell Opposes Infrastructure Investment, Major Kentucky Bridge Shuts Down Over Safety Concerns”


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By Travis Waldron on Sep 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Yesterday, ThinkProgress published a report detailing Republican Congressional leadership’s opposition to infrastructure investments even as structural deficiencies in bridges and roadways persist in their home states. Among those is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, where 34 percent of bridges are considered structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

The Sherman Minton Bridge, one of three major bridges spanning the Ohio River between Louisville, KY and southern Indiana, was among the Kentucky bridges listed as deficient. And last night, the Sherman Minton Bridge was closed after further deficiencies, including cracks, were found in a load-bearing part of its structure. The Louisville Courier-Journal reports:

The Sherman Minton Bridge was closed late Friday afternoon and will remain shut down indefinitely after officials discovered cracks in the span.

Will Wingfield, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said officials “do not have an estimate” on how long it will take to repair and reopen the bridge, which carries Interstate 64 traffic across the Ohio River.

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Once director Tom Hooper chose Hugh Jackman for the lead role of Jean Valjean in his new movie “Les Miserables,” he had the difficult task of casting Valjean’s nemesis, Javert. So, Hooper asked himself: “Which actor out there in the world will the audience feel would realistically get the better of Hugh Jackman?” For him, there was only one answer: Russell Crowe.

“I think a lot of people come see the film just to see the conflict play out between these two extraordinary acting personalities,” says Hooper.

The great rivalry between Jackman and Crowe is what holds the film together, says Jackman. “Russell has an innate kind of strength and power, and with doing very little, commands so much presence,” he told 60 Minutes. To see these two men battle it out– in both swordfights and musical duels– click on the above video.

Like the stage production of Victor Hugo‘s epic novel, “Les Mis” the movie is a live musical. That means the actors– Jackman, Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried– sang all the songs live on set. No lip-synching to canned studio recordings in this movie. And according to Jackman, that made the shooting of “Les Mis” unlike any other film.

“It’s a different feeling than a normal movie because every night, every day on the set, is an opening night,” says Jackman. “So every day had this delicious fear.”

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