AP analysis: Federal executions likely a COVID superspreader

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The executions at the end of Donald Trump’s presidency, completed in short windows over a few weeks, likely acted as a superspreader event. That’s according to records reviewed by The Associated Press. It was something health experts had warned could happen when the Justice Department insisted on resuming executions during a pandemic. By the end of 2020, 70% of death row inmates were sick with COVID-19. Guards were ill. Traveling prisons staff on the execution team had the virus. So did media witnesses, who may have unknowingly infected others when they returned home because they were never told about the spreading cases.last_img

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Broadway.com Breaks Down the Performances of the Tony Awards

first_imgAnd that’s a wrap on the 2015 Tony Awards! It was a year of Fun, speeches full of tears and tap dancing, a moment with E.T. and—as always—tons of performances from nominated shows and beyond. Take a look at our recap below as we break down each of the musical moments, beginning with our favorites of the night. Agree? Disagree? Vote for your personal favorite in our poll! 13. FINDING NEVERLAND”Stronger”So much fog! So many close-ups! At the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, this showstopper blows away audiences as a pirate ship is constructed from the orchestra pit, with swashbucklers miraculously avoiding whiplash. However, while Matthew Morrison sounded wonderful, the Tony performance didn’t convey the heart-stopping energy that this number oozes live. 4. THE KING & I”Getting to Know You”/”Something Wonderful”/”Shall We Dance?”Good for nominees Ken Watanabe and Ruthie Ann Miles being featured here, but when it comes down to it, this performance was all about (now Tony winner!) Kelli O’Hara’s quick-change choreography, or “dressography,” as we’re coining it: a 46-second transformation from schoolteacher to ballroom dancer extraordinare. And yes, we timed it. Special props for the cinematography here too, which even further accentuates the beauty of the dress. 7. ON THE TOWN”Lucky to Be Me”/”New York, New York”/”Times Square Ballet”Starting a number in the aisle and working toward the stage is a toss-up. Will audience members be game if you try to dance with them? Well, of course Chita Rivera will play along, and Rita Wilson’s grin as she gave a little twirl was infectious. And why yes, Anna Wintour will accept those flowers. The medley was a smart way to accomplish three things: Introduce your Tony-nominated star, throw in a familiar tune and show off lots of dancing with sweeping cameras. Check, check, check. View Comments 9. INTRODUCTION”Willkommen”/”It Takes Two”/”Popular”/et al.This was certainly twee, but it came off as a warm-up for the duo. Their introductory medley was far less flashier than previous opening numbers (they saved that, as they probably should have, for Something Rotten!.) Still, it was a great introduction to a more-than admirable hosting stint by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming. And we loved the little wink to the infectiously peppy “Popular” wearing off on Chenoweth. 6. ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY”Life Is Like a Train”/”On the Twentieth Century”/”Babette”This medley was a bit all over the place. The four porters, after allegedly tapping the play-off music for Ruthie Ann Miles, kicked off the performance with a fun number that requires zero context, which was followed by a snippet of the titular ditty. Then came Chenoweth’s moment to shine with “Babette.” It took this number some time to find its footing after the two that preceded it. It wasn’t until after the ensemble came in that Chenoweth truly sparkled with her signature soprano. But once they got there, the vigor was inspiring. 11. TOMMY TUNE TRIBUTE”At the Grand Hotel” et al.This was adorable, but simply too short! We applaud the choice to showcase Tune’s legendary career with three quick takes on fun numbers from shows that may not be immediately identifiable to the viewing public: Grand Hotel, The Will Rogers Follies and My One and Only. We only wish the honoree would have joined in on the fun before presenting! 14. JERSEY BOYS”December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)”We understand the decision to close on (yet another) note familiar to viewers. But in years past, hosts have spoiled us with original ways to recap the night. Neil Patrick Harris’ last-minute collaborations with Lin-Manuel Miranda immediately come to mind. Last year’s was simple; Hugh Jackman crooned “On Broadway” as the winners stormed the stage, but it at least featured members who made the night special. With ensemble members slowly assembling to sing with the Four Seasons, this felt like a wedding reception that went on a little too long.center_img 3. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS”An American in Paris”/”‘S Wonderful”/”I Got Rhythm”An American in Paris nailed the medley format here. Show off some tunes people know and flaunt your greatest asset: stellar choreography. What gave this performance the leg up though was its integration of its design, which won awards for lighting and set design. As much of the production’s aesthetic is projection-based, its transition to the LED sets of Radio City felt the most natural. However, what this performance lacked was the sweeping camera work that completed performances like Fun Home and On the Town’s. 10. IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU”Jenny’s Blues”At first, we questioned this song choice, as it only briefly features the legendary Tyne Daly and is a vehicle for Lisa Howard, an unknown to an audience of millions. But once Howard unleashed her pipes, we got it. Between The King and I and On the Twentieth Century, we had some soprano star-power, but were missing our beltresses. No Idina or Sutton this year! While the song was a bit more subdued in style and size, Howard’s vocals provided a nice change of pace. 8. THE VISIT”Love and Love Alone”/”I Would Never Leave You”One of the most striking tableaus of the night was Chita Rivers dancing with Michelle Veintimilla, who plays the younger incarnation of Rivera’s stoic Claire. But sadly, this performance was lost in collection of show-stoppers. John Doyle’s staging is accented by bizarre camera angles, which effectively demonstrate the show’s disturbing, surreal world. The number paired well with what followed: a macabre Fosse-esque routine with some terrifying eunuchs. This performance captured the glamour, melancholia and dark humor. It may not be for everyone, but if you want it, it’s all here. 2. JOSH GROBAN & COMPANYIn Memoriam — “You’ll Never Walk Alone”We’re thrilled that following last year’s ill-advised decision to not air the In Memoriam segment, it became the most poignant moment of this year’s broadcast. Groban’s previously reported appearance was met with some raised eyebrows from theater purists, but the song choice was perfect (once he found his first note). The uneasy feelings of self-promotion for his album subsided as performers from the evening joined him for the finale verse, visually affirming his place with the Broadway community. 1. FUN HOME”Ring of Keys”In a sea of medleys from fellow nominated productions, it was a bold move for Fun Home to task its youngest star, Tony nominee Sydney Lucas, with representing the musical. But that’s exactly what made her anthem stand out; a medley from a score that’s not quite as recognizable, albeit Tony-winning, would dilute its impact. The interpolated introduction eliminated any ambiguity over the subject of Small Alison’s fascination, and the decision to have Lucas in front of the proscenium and film from behind evoked the production’s brilliant in-the-round staging. 12. GIGI”The Night They Invented Champagne”First, how fun is it that Ashley Tisdale introduced her BFF Vanessa Hudgens and her co-stars? The Act One finale is a wise choice to deliver something high-octane, starry and with a line of can-can dancers doing death drops. Hudgens pulls a bit of a Patti LuPone a la Anything Goes: sing a bit, trot to the side and have the dancers take over. But all in all, this was certainly a bubbly routine. 5. SOMETHING ROTTEN!”A Musical”Rule: If one of your numbers routinely receives a mid-show standing ovation, perform it at the Tonys. Something Rotten! did just that, and as the ceremony’s first big number, it set an extraordinarily high bar for the remaining acts. This is the definition of crowd-pleasing, and you get to feel like a know-it-all as you shout out each of the number’s references. Because our hosts’ opening bit was a bit understated compared to years past, this was a great choice to raise energy levels and show off the extravagance of the Great White Way. But perhaps if it had opened the show, it would have also gotten a standing ovation in Radio City.last_img read more

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David Luiz outlines Premier League title ambitions with Arsenal despite Liverpool defeat

first_imgAdvertisement Comment David Luiz believes that Arsenal have big potential as a club (Picture: Getty)David Luiz has insisted that he joined Arsenal in order to fight for the Premier League title and other major trophies following the club’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.The 32-year-old endured a difficult afternoon, conceding a penalty to Mohamed Salah who converted his spot-kick before failing to stop the Egyptian score a superb individual goal soon after.Although Arsenal grabbed a late consolation goal through Lucas Torreira, they were outclassed by their hosts as Liverpool ran out comfortable winners with Joel Matip also netting.Despite the defeat, though, Luiz is adamant that Arsenal have the potential to challenge for titles and claimed that the way they end the season will be more important to how they start it.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterSunday 25 Aug 2019 1:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link283Shares David Luiz outlines Premier League title ambitions with Arsenal despite Liverpool defeat Advertisement Luiz conceded a penalty during Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool at Anfield (Picture: Getty)Speaking post-match, Luiz said: ‘I think this club has an opportunity to shine like it did in the past. We have a lot of talent and a lot of players here with a lot of quality. I think for us it is about the end not about the beginning.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I came here with an ambition to fight for titles, for the Premier League title and other competitions also because it has been like that at other clubs where I have been.‘It was never easy. There [are] always tough moments, difficult moments but we made it count in the end so I’m going to try my best every single day and help everybody to believe in this because this club has a lot of potential.’Arsenal have endured some tricky visits to Anfield in recent years but they performed better on Saturday than they did last season when they were thrashed 5-1.Nevertheless, while Arsenal were praised for their battling qualities, their defensive display has been criticised in some quarters with Owen Hargreaves particularly scathing.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe former Manchester United midfielder said: ‘Liverpool have two terrific centre-backs and Joe Gomez. Arsenal, we’re not sure if they have one.’Luiz joined Arsenal on transfer deadline day after spending six and a half years with their London rivals Chelsea across two separate spells as a replacement for Laurent Koscielny.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

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Dorothy L. Cameron

first_imgDorothy L. Cameron, age 87 peacefully passed away Monday, March 2, 2020 at her home in Columbus Ohio. The daughter of Dorothy Beck Loew and Paul W. Loew, she was born in Cleveland, Ohio June 9, 1932, though Batesville was her true hometown where she was raised among family that reached back to the founding of Batesville. She was a member of St. Marks Lutheran Church in Batesville, and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus. Dorothy is survived by her two children Andrew O. Cameron, Sarah D. Cameron and her beloved Cousin Mrs. Patricia Hare, and her children, Jerry, Tim, and Paul.Her loves were the Batesville pool, her Devon Avenue pool in Columbus where she dove off the high-board every birthday through her 86th year, and she once swam across the Nile River in Aswan, Egypt. She loved being part of the Ohio State University Women’s Club, the OSU Faculty Club, Evening Drama, Opera Group, Symphony Group, Book Club, especially her family of friends at Germania in Columbus Ohio, and of course loved all her students around the world. She was loved for her fierce independence and speaking her mind, her love of literature, music, culture, the arts, and joy of good conversation with good people. She also dearly loved each Batesville High School Reunion and all her fellow classmates.Dorothy served her nation during the height of the Cold War with the US State Department Foreign Service Office, in Washington DC, Hong Kong, and in Berlin. She was a beloved Professor of English, German, and Literature at Ohio State, Otterbein College, and several others including the Ohio Women’s prison in Marysville, Ohio. She was also a Teacher of English as a Second Language in China, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and Romania. She loved her work and travels to all continents, sailing in both the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. Yet in all her world travels her hometown of Batesville, Indiana was where her gravity was the strongest, where she knew the best swimming holes, the best grapevines to swing on, and where to walk for the best sunsets.Visitation is at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville Indiana, from 9:30-11:00 am Saturday, March 14, 2020 with 11:00am funeral service immediately following. Reverend Jill Campbell will be officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mark Cemetery, Batesville. A separate memorial service will be held in Columbus Ohio at a later date.In lieu of flowers, please find the time, the place, and proper sincerity, to read a favorite piece of literature, heartfelt piece of writing, or cherished poem to someone you love.last_img read more

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