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first_img Related Shows View Comments Texas native Carmen Cusack’s revisiting her southern roots in Bright Star. The seasoned theater vet makes her long-awaited Broadway debut in the Steve Martin and Edie Brickell musical, and she and her castmates stopped by The Tonight Show to celebrate. Take a look below of their performance of the number “Sun’s Gonna Shine.” Not to be upstaged, Martin also made an appearance and performed a number…about not wanting to make an appearance. He eventually sucked it up and chatted with Brickell and Fallon. In the interview, Martin reveals the sage advice he received from the late Mike Nichols: “Never go to the birthday party of someone who’s written a musical…because they’ll play you every song that was cut from the show.” So if you want more Bright Star head to the Cort Theatre. Or Steve Martin’s house. His birthday is August 14. Bright Starcenter_img Steve Martin Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img read more

first_imgPennsylvania Commissions Jointly Issue Statement Defending our First Amendment Right to Protest and Air Grievances June 04, 2020 African American Affairs,  Asian Pacific American Affairs,  Latino Affairs,  Press Release,  Public Safety The Pennsylvania Commissions on African American, Latino, Asian Pacific American, Women and LGBTQ Affairs, overseen by Gov. Tom Wolf, released a joint statement today honoring the memory of George Floyd and other Americans of color who have lost their lives to police violence, and denouncing indoctrinated racism, bigotry and sanctioned violence.“In the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, our nation has erupted into civil unrest. These protests are a byproduct of centuries of racism, bigotry, and sanctioned violence against black and brown communities. The anger and frustration being expressed nationally by communities of color has been fueled by a federal administration that has shown a complete disregard for the wellbeing of its citizens. We stand with the families of those who have lost their lives or have been affected by police violence and empathize with the feelings of outrage at a system that has yet to change.“To be a strong, successful community, we need every Pennsylvanian – that includes Pennsylvanians who are Black. Amid deep grief and moral outrage, we see acts of grace and leadership. We are reminded that the Civil Rights Movement is not history because its great work is still unfinished. Every Pennsylvanian is called upon to take up this crucial work. We stand together in the presence of that righteous calling today.”Jalila Parker, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs stated:“We are witnessing a public outcry, a demand for America to acknowledge the institutional and systemic pain the Black community has faced. We affirm the rights of those who march, stand, or kneel. They are demonstrations of our collective grief; a tribute to all the Black lives lost to police brutality, violent crime, and COVID-19. Although social distancing prevents us from wrapping our arms around you, we will not be silent in our pain, grief, love, and support.”Luz Colon, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA), stated:“(GACLA) expresses the sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies for the Floyd family and to all Americans directly and indirectly affected by racism against the Black and Brown communities across this great nation. Acts of bigotry, hatred, and racism will not define or destroy us – they never have, they never will. We will conquer together and get through this with our collective resilience. We will prove that isolated acts of hatred cannot undo the bonds that have unified our communities for centuries.”Mohan Seshadri, executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, stated:“Just as so many of our Black siblings stood with us over the past six months of COVID-inspired anti-Asian racism, we stand with our Black communities across Pennsylvania and the nation as they lead protests aimed straight at the racism at the heart of our systems. We know that if Asian communities in Pennsylvania are to have all we need to be safe, healthy, and strong, the same must be true of Black and Latinx communities, and we are committed to making that happen. We also hear the voices of Asian, Black, and Latinx small businesses devastated not just by the past few days, but by months of pandemic. Many of those impacted are community elders, new immigrants, and non-English speakers, and are therefore vulnerable to COVID-19, barely scraping by and lacking insurance. Our institutions should turn away from militarization, escalation, and violence, and instead invest in our communities, ensure justice for all, and provide support to assist those affected with recovering from the past few days, as well as reverse decades of exploitation, disinvestment, and neglect.”Danielle Okai, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, stated:“What we’ve seen unfolding on our screens over the past couple of days is the continuance of a rich legacy of protest and uprising that Americans who are Black have had to engage in since their first arrival on American shores. Study after study, as well as our lived experiences, reveal this undeniable fact: We live in a deeply, deeply unequal society. In Pennsylvania, as in many states, people who are Black are much more likely to die at the hands of police than any other group of Pennsylvanians. This is unacceptable. As a Black woman, I fear for my life, the lives of my loved ones, and the lives of all Black Pennsylvanians. Martin Luther King Jr. is beloved today, but in his time many feared his dogged pursuit of equality. Among the swells of protestors across our commonwealth, across our nation, and across the world marches the next generation of leaders – the next Fannie Lou Hamer, the next Ida B. Wells, the next June Jordan. Their struggle for peace will ensure a better world for us all.”Rafael Álvarez Febo, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, stated:“As June dawns on us we are reminded that the Stonewall uprising was a riot, that those actions helped launch LGBTQ civil rights movements across the United States, and that they were led by Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, two transgender women of color, alongside other activists. We cannot separate what we celebrate as Pride month from the crucial actions taken by citizens in search of justice in an unjust system. Although there has been a few instances of violence and property damage, the overwhelming majority of people have taken to the streets to peacefully demonstrate and express their First Amendment rights.”The Commissions will continue to work closely with community stakeholders and Gov. Wolf to bring about the changes needed in our commonwealth for justice while preserving public safety.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgFIFA Women’s World Cup: Nigeria Hoping To Clinch Title Despite Past Failures Nigeria to Host FIFA World Cup trophy in March In under three weeks this year’s women’s football world cup will begin in Canada. African champions Nigeria’s Super Falcons have wrapped up their training in Abuja as they head off to North America.  And as CCTV’s Celestine Karoney reports, their coach promises to deliver one of football’s most coveted prize at senior levelhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfWP1qXTrA8Relatedcenter_img 2018 FIFA World Cup: Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0last_img read more

first_imgEnid M. (Griffiths) Lyford, 98 of Milan and formerly of England passed away at her home on Saturday June 16, 2018.  Enid was born March 5, 1920 in Riseley, England the daughter of Fredrick and Charlotte (Dickens) Griffiths.  She was married to Edward George Lyford who preceded her in death in 1966.  Enid worked for the government and also was an apprentice recruiter for the RAE. She was a member of the Women’s Institute and British Legion.  She enjoyed gardening and her family. Enid is survived by her daughters: Wendy Billings of Chilhowie, VA; Lesley Holbert of Milan. brother: Desmond Griffiths of Woolstone Milton Keynes, England; sister: Jean Pople Paulet of Somerset, England. 4 Grandchildren: Dale and Glen Holbert, Lesley Roark and Paul Dembaugh. 6 Great-Grandchildren, 2 Great-Great Grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband;  son: Timothy Lyford in 2013; 1 Grandson: Larry Dembaugh Jr. Services will be at the convenience of the family.  Memorials may be given to the Diabetes Association or Multiple Sclerosis.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home of Milan is entrusted with arrangements; P.O. Box 243, Milan, IN 47031. You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence for the family.last_img read more

first_imgFor the second consecutive week, USC’s defense dominated, creating turnovers and sacks just when it seemed the opposition was close to putting points on the board. But on Saturday, the Trojan offense offset all of these positives created by their counterparts on the other side of the ball en route to a 10-7 defeat at the hands of Washington State, marking the first time the team has lost to the Cougars at the Coliseum since 2000.Not enough · USC redshirt sophomore tailback Tre Maddden (23) was the Trojans’ sole form of offensive production in the team’s 10-7 loss to Washington State. Madden finished with 151 rushing yards on 32 carries. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanIn a game that was bereft of any offensive consistency from either side, big plays were the difference — and the Trojans produced hardly any.No USC offensive play went for more than 20 yards, and no pass play gained even 10 yards as the Trojans gained just 193 total yards on offense. Redshirt sophomore quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek combined to complete 11 of 21 passes for a measly total of 54 yards, with each throwing a costly interception.After a poor punt from Washington State gave the Trojans the ball at the Cougars’ 39-yard line with a chance to extend the 7-0 lead just before halftime, Kessler mistimed a quick slant and threw behind sophomore receiver Nelson Agholor. Washington State cornerback Damante Horton intercepted the misfire and returned it 70 yards untouched to tie the game.“Obviously that’s not what I wanted to happen on the play but I was just trying to get the ball out before I got sacked,” Kessler said. “It was one of those things where you kind of throw it blind to where you want [the receiver] to break, and I threw it a little behind [Agholor].”Horton solidified his hero status for the Cougars by picking off another pass from Wittek on the Trojans’ final drive of the game to seal the upset.The second interception followed the Cougars’ only successful offensive drive of the night. After Washington State receiver Dom Williams picked up 49 yards on a screen pass from Connor Halliday to the USC  30-yard line, the longest play of the entire game, kicker Andrew Furney converted a 41-yard field goal with 3:03 to play to put up the Cougars’ first offensive points of the night.“We played lights-out defense versus a [pass-heavy] system that’s put up a bunch of numbers over the years,” USC head coach Lane Kiffin said. “Unfortunately, we were really poor on offense.”Washington State played conservatively on defense all night, often dropping eight men into pass coverage in an attempt to limit big plays.Kiffin seemed more than happy to oblige to the Cougars’ strategy, calling for 41 running plays and 21 passes, most of which were short routes and screen passes behind the line of scrimmage.Kiffin’s suspect playcalling, a much-maligned subject over the past two seasons, elicited boos from enraged USC fans throughout the game, as running plays were called many times in third-and-long situations that rarely resulted in first downs for the Trojans.USC was only 3 for 13 on third-down conversions in the game. But Kiffin defended his conservative strategy.“When you drop eight [players deep] that’s gonna close up lanes in the passing game,” Kiffin said. “We [were effective] at times, but then we’d shoot ourselves in the foot.”Despite the offense’s inability to maintain an effective drive, the Trojans’ defense held strong until the final minutes of the fourth quarter and even helped create USC’s only points of the game.A pair of big gains by Washington State had the ball down to USC’s 33-yard line before a holding penalty and a sack by senior outside linebacker Morgan Breslin pushed the ball back past midfield. On the next play, redshirt junior defensive tackle George Uko sacked Halliday and forced a fumble, which was picked up by senior outside linebacker Devon Kennard and returned to the Cougars’ 22-yard line, giving the Trojans great field position.Two plays after redshirt sophomore tailback Tre Madden converted a fourth-down run to get the ball inside the 10-yard line, Kessler rolled out to his right to pass but had enough space in front of him to scamper into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown run to give the Trojans a 7-0 lead with 9:59 left in the second quarter.Madden was the lone bright spot on USC’s offense, as he became the first USC running back to gain 100 yards in the first two games of the season since 1981 Heisman trophy winner Marcus Allen. Madden rushed 32 times for 151 yards for an average of 4.7 yards per carry and also converted all three of USC’s successful third down attempts.Madden admitted in his post-game press conference that he felt banged up after having his number called over 30 times in just his second collegiate game at tailback. Including the 12 yards he gained on two receptions, Madden accounted for 163 of the Trojans’ 193 yards on offense — the lowest USC output since 1998.Junior wide receiver Marqise Lee, whose Heisman chances are all but gone, gained just 27 yards on seven catches.“I’ve never seen stats as bad as we did today,” Kiffin said. “That’s very discouraging and obviously that falls on me, so we’re going to fix it.”The team did manage to slog into field goal range on Wittek’s first two drives to open the second half, aided by a few Washington State defensive penalties and Madden’s solid performance in the backfield.But junior kicker Andre Heidari’s 32-yard attempt on the opening possession of the half was blocked, and his 43-yard attempt on the Trojans’ next drive went wide left.As the clock wound down and fans trudged up the stairs and outside the Coliseum, a deafening chant of “Fire Kiffin!” echoed throughout the stadium.“I think I heard those [taunts] before the game during warmups even, so I’m getting used to it,” Kiffin deadpanned. “It is what it is … You really can’t worry about that.”If Kiffin truly isn’t distracted by the criticism that will surely surround him over the following week, that’s a good thing. Judging by the team’s performance against the Cougars, the entire USC staff and team have a lot of other concerns to iron out before the Trojans’ game next week at home against Boston College. Follow Will on Twitter @WillLawslast_img read more

first_img LAHSA, created in 1993 to basically pass through funds from other sources, has been limited to an incremental approach to homelessness rather than a comprehensive strategy that would identify how best to combine county social services with cities’ shelter and permanent housing programs, Yaroslavsky said. Yaroslavsky described LAHSA as “nipping at the edges” of the homeless problem, saying governments throughout the region need to attack the problem of homelessness on a “whole new level.” “Since LAHSA was created, homelessness has exponentially increased in the county. It used to be about 30,000 and now it’s near 90,000,” he said. “It’s produced more homelessness.” Yaroslavsky said he envisions the county taking the lead in providing mental health and other wrap-around social services – possibly through a county department of homelessness – with cities partnering to provide any permanent housing that might be needed. With a fiscal 2006 budget of about $50 million, the authority has a staff of 65, aiding dozens of nonprofit agencies helping the region’s nearly 90,000 homeless. “Of course it will cost more money … but we’re already spending tons on emergency care and other costs,” Yaroslavsky said. “This is a horrible situation.” Chick – who with county auditors issued a scathing report in June that said LAHSA owed providers $5 million but had only $700,000 in the bank – echoed Yaroslavsky and said LAHSA distributed funds without an “overarching integrated plan.” “I’m very interested in the supervisor’s proposal to bring the disparate (pieces) we have today into an overarching integrated plan where the city and county work together,” Chick said. She said LAHSA hasn’t made a dent in the growing homeless problem, while also failing to practice sound fiscal management. “LAHSA basically has grown because the dollars have grown,” she said. “But in the dollars growing, the funding has outgrown the original concept and structure.” Villaraigosa, who on Friday said the “status quo” at LAHSA had become increasingly difficult to defend, supports the concept of “structural change” at the agency, according to a source. Some LAHSA commissioners also said a new model should be explored. “We have to do better than we’re doing today,” said Estela Lopez, a new appointee of the mayor’s and executive director of the central City East Association that includes downtown’s Skid Row. She said there is growing frustration with how LAHSA services are delivered, including among her constituents. “How are the issues that plague Skid Row different today because of LAHSA?” she asked. Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will seek to dismantle or “fundamentally reconfigure” the embattled Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, saying Friday the agency is flawed and has failed the region’s homeless. The effort was immediately embraced by City Controller Laura Chick and several LAHSA commissioners and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office. “LAHSA as we know it cannot stand,” Yaroslavsky said. “LAHSA is not the model to make a dent in the homeless problem. The structure does not allow it. Its mission is too limited and constrained.” The move comes after the Daily News reported that the city-county authority had made about $1.7 million in improper transfers in fiscal 2004 and 2005 when staffers used U.S. Housing and Urban Development grants to make “temporary loans” to pay emergency bills. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card It also came as pressure mounted on the authority’s executive director, Mitchell Netburn, who met with the commission in closed session to discuss his performance following recent disclosures of extensive financial mismanagement. Following the meeting, Netburn said he has no immediate plans to leave his $150,000-a-year post, but agrees the authority needs to be restructured to reflect changes in officials’ philosophies, from “managing” homelessness to trying to end it. “LAHSA needs to change to accommodate that,” Netburn said, adding that he has been talking with commissioners about the issue. He said LAHSA has been limited in setting broad policies regarding homelessness because many services – such as mental health – are controlled by other government entities. “We don’t control the large systems,” Netburn said. “We’re very limited under the current structure … we only have persuasion to influence those policies.” last_img read more