View Comments Sutton Foster Star Files The Tony Awards are officially behind us—but while winners Neil Patrick Harris, Jessie Mueller, Audra McDonald and co. are kicking back on the sofa with their shiny new awards, we’ve still got work to do! Can we talk about all the crazy stuff that happened this week? From Sutton Foster’s age-defying new TV show to Ramin Karimloo’s tattoo wisdom, we’ve got it all in the newest installment of Broadway.com’s Lessons of the Week.Sutton Foster Is Having a Midlife CrisisYep, in the new TV Land series Younger, two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster will play a 40-year-old mom who decides to reinvent herself as a 26-year-old. She says the new show is “like Tootsie, but with age.” Or like the ‘90s flick Never Been Kissed? Or like this lady?Broadway Fans Are on a Sugar HighWhen we posted a spread of our favorite Broadway-themed cakes, you took to Twitter to share your own delicious treats with us. Wow, so many gruesome pretzel-rod barricades. But no one has ever made an Aaron Tveit cake? We’re disappointed. Wait, here’s one!Ramin Karimloo Says ‘No’ to InkOn the final episode of Vlogger 24601 (sob), Les Miz star Ramin Karimloo had a long laugh over Andrew Kober’s embarrassing drama mask tattoo. “Don’t get tattoos,” Karimloo warns us, even though he has ink of his own. Too late, Ramin—we’ve already got a tattoo of you. Shirtless. And no, we don’t regret it.Apparently, Sound Design Isn’t ArtBad news, guys. The Tony Awards committee has decided to eliminate the Best Sound categories. They also ruled that next year’s ceremony must be completely silent, and in lieu of traditional musical numbers, mimes will perform. (Seriously, if you don’t want this to happen, sign here.)B’way Is a Gyllenhaal JamboreeWhen we heard one Gyllenhaal (Maggie) was going to make her Broadway debut this season, we were thrilled. And now we’re getting two Gyllenhaals (Jake in Constellations and Maggie in The Real Thing) for the price of one?! This is better than that time we watched Secretary and Bubble Boy back-to-back!Post-Tonys, Stars Want Burgers & BoozeOn the red carpet, we asked the stars what they most looked forward to doing after the Tonys. Mark Rylance wanted sex, and tons of stars had burger and booze cravings, but Kelli O’Hara was stuck with jury duty on Monday. We’ve never had to serve, but we hear it’s like a non-equity casting call with fewer dance belts. Sounds terrible.Wanna Sell an Album? Hire Idina MenzelA state-of-the-art recording studio, a stellar marketing team and a big record label are nice, but if you really want those albums to fly off the shelves, the secret weapon is Idina Menzel. The If/Then album had the highest Billboard chart debut for a cast recording since Rent. Wow, If/Then sold 525,600 copies?!Tony Voters Will Get Great Big StuffThe Tony committee has eased up on their rules about swag, meaning producers can now shower voters in all sorts of free show-related gifts before the awards. This is terrible! Tony voters should not accept bribes! (Please send all treats, especially ones containing chocolate and peanut butter, to Broadway.com, 729 7th Ave., New York, NY, 10019.)On Saturdays, We Wear SlippersYou’ve heard of Dollar Friday? Well, get ready for Slipper Saturday. In James Snyder’s Broadway.com video blog, he captured the If/Then company in fuzzy slippers, for their fun weekly tradition. Hey James, can we get in on this? We’ve been waiting for an excuse to rock these.Want a Lap Dance? Ask a MormonWho is the next star to play the transgender rock goddess in Hedwig and the Angry Inch? The Book of Mormon alum Andrew Rannells! Yes, you can soon get licked, “car washed” and spit on by a former member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You’re welcome, Broadway. You’re welcome.
By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaWhether you are just late catching the Christmas spirit or all the new lead danger warnings have you concerned about putting up your old faithful artificial tree, University of Georgia experts say take time to inspect cut trees before you buy.”You have to consider that trees have been out for several weeks now,” said Bob Westerfield, a UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturist in Griffin, Ga. “Check it out closely to make sure it’s not too dry to buy.”There are several simple tests Westerfield recommends tree shoppers use:Bump it – “Hold the tree upright and bump it on the ground, if a lot of needles fall off, that’s a bad sign,” he said. “You might want to pass on that tree.”Bend it – “Find a limb near the top of the tree and bend the outer edges,” he said. “The branches should be flexible and pliable.” If the branches snap and crack when you twist them, “that’s a dry tree and one to avoid,” Westerfield advised.Grab it – “Grab a branch and run your closed-fisted hand down the branch,” he said. “You should not have a hand full of needles. If you do, don’t buy that tree.”Most varieties will last the holiday season given adequate water.”If you go for blue spruces or one of the firs, remember they have already come a long way to get here from the north or Canada,” Westerfield said. “Take extra care with them. If they weren’t taken care of on the truck here, the needles will all fall off and you’ll end up with an expensive Charlie Brown tree.”The Leyland Cypress varieties are more likely to have been grown closer to Georgia, Westerfield said. Fresh choiceA good bet, too, is to make a family outing to a local tree farm and cut your own tree. “It’s more of an experience for young kids if you do a choose-and-cut,” Westerfield said. “Many farms offer other fun activities like hay rides, and you are assured of a fresh tree that way. They are also usually cheaper that way.”The downside to cutting your own is Georgia growers offer limited variety choices.”Some farmers are now growing a few Virginia pines and red cedars, but Leyland is the king in Georgia right now,” he said.Water is keyBuying a fresh tree is the right start, then you must keep it fresh once you get it home.”The whole key to keeping the tree fresh, is water,” Westerfield said. “When you get the tree home, even if it hasn’t been cut long because you cut it yourself, the stump will scab over with sap. You should remove a half inch of the base with a sharp saw to make a clean cut and open up the channels to the trunk. Immediately get it in a tree stand full of water.”To make sure your tree gets adequate water, start with a good stand. “Go with the deep basin stands that hold at least a gallon of water,” he said. “The first day, the tree will drink it dry. The first few days you have to check it several times a day. Then it will slow down.” There are myths galore about adding aspirin or Alka-selter to the tree’s water, but Westerfield recommends using plan water.”There are no magic potions that will make it last longer,” he said. “The keys are the clean cut base and continuous watering.”If you allow the tree to go dry for any period of time, the base will harden over again. This causes excessive drying and creates a fire hazzard.
In Nuclear-Expansion Plans, Brash Expectations and Great Risk FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Richard Martin for MIT Technology Review:President Barack Obama’s final Nuclear Security Summit, which begins on Thursday at the White House, comes at a time of extraordinary promise, and extraordinary peril, for the global nuclear industry. While Obama’s efforts to reduce the availability of weapons-grade nuclear material have borne fruit in Ukraine and elsewhere, “tons of materials that terrorists could use to make small nuclear devices or dirty bombs remain deeply vulnerable to theft,” the New York Times reported.Building new nuclear plants could help countries with growing demand for electricity meet their targets for carbon emissions reductions under the Paris climate accord. But many observers think those plans are unrealistic.For example, two huge nuclear projects in India slated to be built by Westinghouse and GE are expected to cost upward of $95 billion.According to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, “the proposed Mithi Virdi and Kovvada nuclear projects are not economically or financially viable, they would take much longer than expected to build, they would result in higher bills for ratepayers, and, if they are built, they might not work as advertised.”Full article: Obama’s Last Nuclear Summit Meets as the Threat of Terrorism Looms
Read also: Indonesia’s family resilience bill says housekeeping wife’s duty“Twenty years into the Reform Era, we are being taught to love each other by the state,” Twitter user Bhagavad Sambadha posted on Wednesday through his twitter handle @fullmoonfolks.20 tahun setelah reformasi, diajarin saling cinta sama negara hehe https://t.co/mnZQfQ7MoT— Bhagavad Sambadha (@fullmoonfolks) February 19, 2020“Indonesian lawmakers are at work to make it compulsory for a husband and wife to love each other! Yeah, they believe that [among] many social problems this is a priority!” Twitter user @afrilluva said.Indonesian lawmakers are at work to make it compulsory for a husband and wife to love each other!Yeah, they think over many many social problems they believe this is a priority!RUU Ketahanan Keluarga: Suami Istri Wajib Saling Cinta https://t.co/7sq5dA2XXT— Afrianty (@afrilluva) February 19, 2020The family resilience bill is one of 50 bills listed as priority bills in the 2020 National Legislation Program.Read also: The gentler sex: Proposed family resilience bill prescribes rehab for BDSM practitionersArticles 121 to 129 of the bill stipulate the establishment of a nonministerial board to manage family-related policies, including creating family resilience “norms, standards, procedures and criteria.”“Forming a family resilience agency can also be problematic, because it only increases state interference in everyone’s personal life,” Mutiara Ika Pratiwi of women’s rights group Perempuan Mahardhika told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Topics : Wedding vows usually include a promise of everlasting love, but a bill on “family resilience” proposed by the House of Representatives goes a step further by enshrining the obligation in law.Article 24 Point 2 of the draft states that “every husband and wife who are legally married are obligated to love, respect, honor and be loyal to each other, as well as to provide physical and spiritual help for each other.”The article is among a number of provisions in the bill that have drawn criticism online.
Schools to get Government-sponsored legal adviceStuff co.nz 6 July 2015Schools that face sudden court action by angry parents will soon get more legal support.The move follows the St Bede’s College rowing debacle in March, where the parents of student rowers Jordan Kennedy and Jack Bell successfully obtained a court injunction allowing the boys to race at the Maadi Cup.The school’s rector, Justin Boyle, tried to ban them after they breached security at Auckland Airport. Crown Law will prepare legal submissions, or briefing notes, for lawyers who represent school boards facing a legal challenge when there is little time to prepare, Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey said.The submissions would be based on past rulings.There had been a noticeable increase in the last year of schools seeking legal advice after parents threatened legal action, Secondary Principals Association New Zealand (Spanz) president Sandy Pasley said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/69986459/schools-to-get-governmentsponsored-legal-advice.html
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday asked U.S. Capitol officials to remove a statue of a Confederate general that has been part of the state’s display for nearly 100 years.DeSantis’ letter to the Capitol’s architect seeks to replace Edmund Kirby Smith’s statue with another honoring educator and civil rights pioneer Mary McLeod Bethune. It reads, “Dr. McLeod Bethune’s statue will represent the best of who we are as Floridians to visitors from around the world in our nation’s Capitol. Her legacy endures and will continue to inspire future generations.”The McLeod Bethune statue is expected to be on display in 2020.The Florida Legislature approved the statue switch last year. Soon after, the Lake County Historical Society agreed to take the Smith statue upon its removal from the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall Collection.McLeod Bethune will be the first black American to be honored in the Statuary Hall Collection, which includes two representatives from each of the 50 states.Smith was among 12 statues of former Confederate soldiers or politicians in the hall. His statue has been there since 1922.Efforts to replace it started following the shootings of nine people in 2015 at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a white supremacist. A reevaluation of Confederate memorials around the country has taken place since then.In 2016, lawmakers approved replacing the Smith statue and organized a panel to recommend a replacement.Bethune was one of three famous Floridians, with the others being environmental author Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Publix founder George Jenkins, that were recommended to the 2017 Legislature.Bethune emerged as the panel’s choice last year.
Caption: England’s Eoin Morgan (left) and Australia’s Aaron Finch TOURNAMENT hosts England face off against Ashes rivals Australia in a blockbuster Cricket World Cup semi-final at Edgbaston today.Damaging losses to Sri Lanka and Australia left England fearing the worst for their last-four hopes, but an impressive response with wins over India and New Zealand booked their ticket to the knockout stages.Australia’s passage was far more serene, apart from a loss to India and an unexpected defeat to South Africa in their final group game, as the defending champions chase a sixth World Cup title.Just over two weeks ago, it was Australia celebrating at Lord’s as Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc tore through England’s batting order to seal victory despite Ben Stokes’ valiant 89.But Edgbaston has not been a happy hunting ground for Australia, with their last win at the venue in any format coming in a 2001 Test match. England have won three straight ODIs against their opponents in Birmingham, too.History is not exactly on England’s side, though, with their last Cricket World Cup win against Australia coming back in 1992 when Ian Botham stole the show, taking 4-31 with the ball and contributing 53 with the bat.New Zealand, who defeated India in a rain-delayed semi-final at Old Trafford that spanned across two days, await in the final.TOURNAMENT SO FARA shock loss to Sri Lanka preceded England again falling short against Australia but the triumphs over India and New Zealand showed their mettle as they lived up to their billing as pre-tournament favourites.Australia missed out on top spot after losing to South Africa in their final group game but largely impressed during the group stages, Starc leading the wicket-taking list with 26.WHAT THEY SAIDEngland captain Eoin Morgan on the team’s return to form: “I think we’re probably more confident than we were three games ago. I think we are probably a different team that played four games ago and three games ago. I think the loss against Sri Lanka hurt us.It was an overhang into the Lord’s game and then when we came here we managed to produce something similar to the cricket we have been playing over the last four years and that was really encouraging.”Australia skipper Aaron Finch on his country’s World Cup record: “I think World Cups are very special, they bring out the best in the best players, so I think that’s why Australia have had a very rich history in World Cups. I mean, winning four of the last five, it’s been a great achievement.”OPTA FACTSEngland have won 10 of the last 12 ODIs between the countries, though one of their two defeats in that run came at Lord’s earlier in this tournament.Starc needs one more wicket to set a record for the most taken at a single World Cup – he sits level with Glenn McGrath’s tally of 26 from 2007.Steve Smith has only managed to record one half-century in his last 10 ODI innings against England, though that solitary 50 did come at Edgbaston (2017). He has been dismissed five times by Adil Rashid in the 50-over format.Australia have been involved in seven previous World Cup semi-finals and have progressed to the final every time.
A statement from the NBA and the National Basketball Players’ Association (NBPA) detailed 344 tests had taken place in the league’s on-site ‘bubble’ since the previous results were announced on July 20, with no players providing any cause for concern.There were similarly zero positives from 346 tests in the previous batch. On July 13, two players returned positives from 322 tests.The 22 participating teams each played three inter-squad scrimmages in the seven days up to and including Tuesday this week.The NBA and NBPA have announced the following: pic.twitter.com/ePfr1JFeOk— NBA (@NBA) July 29, 2020 The NBA has completed its final round of COVID-19 testing before the resumption of the 2019-20 season, with no players testing positive.The New Orleans Pelicans face the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Los Angeles Clippers in a double header on Thursday at Walt Disney World, Orlando.
A 26-year-old Pennsylvanian man has been arrested after he reportedly struck a woman over the head with a baseball bat because she refused to get him a cheeseburger.According to the report, the incident occurred on Wednesday on the 600 block of Bedford Street in Johnstown.Officials say the suspect Michael Felton, began arguing with the victim about getting him a cheeseburger and when she refused, he retrieved a bat and struck her with it.The victim was taken to the hospital where she was treated for a head injury, while Felton was taken into police custody on charges of aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person.It is unclear how the victim and the suspect know each other.
A Broward County man who is accused of threatening to kill President Trump in a Facebook Live video was denied bond in Fort Lauderdale federal court on Wednesday.Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office had asked that Chauncy Devonte Lump be held on pre-trial detention, arguing that he is a danger to the community. Judge Patrick Hunt agreed.The 26-year-old is facing a federal charge of threats against the President of the United States, in addition to a county charge of making a false bomb report.The criminal complaint states that he posted a seven-minute video on Facebook Live on January 3 under the username “BlackMan Vs America,” in which he threatened multiple times to kill the President.“He killed my leader, and I have to kill him. I am ready for Donald,” Lump says in the video.According to authorities, Lump made the video in response to the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by an American drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq earlier this month.“I need to find the Donald, because if I don’t find him, I am going to have to blow up Broward County,” Lump adds, according to the complaint.The report also states that Lump had “what appears to be a loaded AK-47” in the Facebook Live.Lump admitted to law enforcement officials that he made the video and told them “the threats in the video were intended to be a joke,” according to the criminal complaint.“However, at no point in the video did Lump claim he was joking,” the complaint adds.Court records show that Lump lives in an Oakland Park apartment and holds a concealed weapon/firearm permit in Florida. He is also licensed and employed as a security officer.