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Movie review: 'Bitter Harvest' tells little-known story of Soviet atrocity

Not many people are familiar with the word "Holodomor." Not in the same way that we're familiar with the word "Holocaust." But a genocide is a genocide, even when kept secret. The truth is that up to 10 million Ukrainians died in a man-made famine in 1932-1933 under Josef Stalin's singular brand of Communist fascism: He crushed Ukrainian resistance and attempts at independence by demanding every last speck of grain from "The Bread Basket of Europe" and denying foreign aid. The regime claimed the deaths were caused by "malnutrition," and the truth about the Holodomor wasn't known until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. In 2003, it was finally acknowledged by the United Nations.

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Movie review: 'Speed Sisters,' documentary follows first Middle Eastern female racing team

Parents need to know that "Speed Sisters" is a documentary about the first all-female car racing team in the Middle East. It follows the four racers and their coach as they compete in races while trying to navigate life in occupied Palestine. The dangers of living in such a highly militarized zone are clear: scenes show armed soldiers and explosions at military checkpoints, and there are mentions of air strikes and the use of tear gas (one woman says that the smell of tear gas reminds her of walking to school as a child). In one intense scene, a racer is shot at and hit by a tear gas canister. She becomes visibly upset and sustains a serious bruise. Most of the movie is in Arabic with English subtitles, although a few of the young women speak English. Swearing is infrequent, but "crap" and "ass" are said in English, while "bastard" and other insults show up in the subtitles. The women are excellent examples of the power of persevering and persisting even when being treated unjustly.

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Turlock's Almond Tree Restaurant goes up in flames

Turlock Fire Department firefighters battle flames at the Almond Tree Restaurant on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2107. (Joe Cortez/jcortez@modbee.com)
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Turlock's Almond Tree Restaurant goes up in flames

High above Modesto's Dry Creek at Tuolumne River 0:50

High above Modesto's Dry Creek at Tuolumne River

Fifth-wheel rescued from floodwaters 1:28

Fifth-wheel rescued from floodwaters

Tuolumne River Regional Park Flooding 1:06

Tuolumne River Regional Park Flooding