‘Sharknado’ phenomenon is coming to a theater near you
You experienced “Sharknado” on TV and maybe even on Twitter. Get ready to see it on the big screen. Regal Entertainment Group is bringing a one-night only midnight showing to theaters around the country – including two in Columbia and others around South Carolina. Sharknado enthusiasts can see the showing at midnight Aug. 2 at Columbiana Grande off Harbison Boulevard and Sandhill Stadium at Village at Sandhill in Northeast Richland for $12.50 a ticket. For the uninitiated, the Syfy Channel’s instant classic involves a freak hurricane that hits Los Angeles, taking thousands of sharks to the “waterlogged populace” to wreak havoc. To boot, it stars Ian Ziering (think Beverly Hills 90210) and Tara Reid. The made-for-TV movie drew a crowd of television viewers who made snappy tweets all night long. The #sharknado hashtag accumulated 600,000 social media mentions, according to a Regal press release.
Airlines report Boeing 787 wiring issues
Two airlines disclosed issues with the wiring on their Boeing 787’s emergency transmitters, the same part of the plane that is getting close scrutiny after a parked jet burned earlier this month. United Airlines said Friday that it found a pinched wire during an inspection of one of its six 787s. Earlier, Japan’s All Nippon Airways found damage to wiring on two Boeing 787 locater beacons. It flies 20 of the jets. The inspections were mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration for U.S. airlines after the tail of an Ethiopian Airlines 787 caught fire while parked at London’s Heathrow airport earlier this month. U.K. investigators said the only thing in the tail section with enough power to fuel a fire like that was the emergency transmitter. That’s a metal-cased, battery-operated radio the size of a loaf of bread that activates in a crash to help rescuers find a plane. The FAA said last week it would require U.S. airlines to look for “proper wire routing and any signs of wire damage or pinching,” and to check the transmitter’s battery compartment for signs of heating or moisture. It issued a formal order on Thursday.
Obama expected to name new Federal Reserve chairman in fall
The White House says President Barack Obama is not expected to name a new chairman of the Federal Reserve until the fall, lowering expectations for an imminent announcement. A senior official says the president has not made a decision on who will replace current Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, who is from Dillon. His term expires early next year. The president’s pick is highly anticipated, given the Fed chairman’s impact on economic policy. Among the leading candidates for the job are former Obama economic adviser Larry Summers and Janet Yellen, the Fed’s current vice chairwoman. The official insisted on anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak by name about internal deliberations.
Kristy Eppley Rupon and The Associated Press contributed.