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by Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2018 12:43 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2018 at 7:51 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Natalie Wood’s drowning now considered a ‘suspicious death’ actress|drowning|natalie wood|suspicious death LOS ANGELES, Calif. – New witnesses emerged in the 1981 drowning of actress Natalie Wood, which has prompted investigators to deem it a “suspicious death” and to name her former husband, 87-year-old actor Robert Wagner, as a “person of interest” in the case, Los Angeles sheriff’s officials said Thursday.For nearly four decades, mystery and speculation have swirled around the death of the actress who had been nominated for three Academy Awards and appeared in “West Side Story” and “Rebel Without a Cause.”She was on a yacht with Wagner, actor Christopher Walken and the boat captain on Thanksgiving weekend of 1981. After a night of drinking, her body was found floating in the water off California’s Catalina Island. She was 43.Investigators initially ruled it an accident but reopened the case in 2011 to see whether Wagner or anyone else played a role after the boat’s captain said he heard the couple arguing the night of her disappearance. The coroner’s office amended Wood’s death certificate the next year to include “drowning and other undetermined factors.”In a statement Thursday evening, sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said that new witnesses interviewed since the case was reopened have given statements that “portray a new sequence of events on the boat that night.”The sheriff’s department said Wagner is considered a person of interest in the case.One of the witnesses described hearing yelling and crashing sounds coming from the couple’s stateroom, she said. Shortly after that, separate witnesses heard a man and woman arguing on the back of the boat and believe the voices were those of Wood and Wagner, Nishida said in the statement.The statements differed from the original version of events that were provided by witnesses, including those who were on the boat, officials said.“Do we have enough to make an arrest at this moment? No,” the statement said.Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Corina, who identified Wagner as a “person of interest,” told CBS News in an interview that aired Thursday that he doesn’t believe Wagner has told the whole story about what happened during the boat trip.Investigators have said Wagner has not been interviewed since the probe was reopened. They said in 2013 that they had tried at least 10 times to interview him but he refused. Wagner has denied any involvement in his wife’s death and no charges have been filed. His publicist, Alan Nierob, declined to comment Thursday.Conflicting versions of what happened on the yacht have contributed to the mystery of her death. Wood, Wagner and Walken had all been drinking heavily in the hours before the actress disappeared.Wagner wrote in a 2008 memoir that he and Walken argued that night. He wrote that Walken went to bed and he stayed up for a while, but when he went to bed, he noticed that his wife and a dinghy that had been attached to the yacht were missing.___Follow Michael Balsamo on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MikeBalsamo1 . Natalie Wood was found floating in the water after a night of drinking on a yacht over Thanksgiving weekend in 1981Her death was initially ruled an accident but the case was reopened in 2011Her former husband, 87-year-old actor Robert Wagner, has been named a “person of interest” in the case FILE – A Dec. 1, 1981 file photo shows actress Natalie Wood. Investigators are now calling 87-year-old actor Robert Wagner a “person of interest” in the 1981 death of his wife Natalie Wood. Mystery has swirled around Wood’s death. It was declared an accident but police reopened the case in 2011 to see whether Wagner or anyone else played a role. (AP Photo/File) Summary
by The Associated Press Posted Feb 23, 2018 12:40 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – An HBO biopic starring Al Pacino as late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will premiere April 7.HBO tweeted the premiere date Friday, along with a trailer to the film directed by Barry Levinson.HBO has said the film will focus on Paterno dealing with fallout from the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The all-time winningest coach in major college football history was fired days after Sandusky’s 2011 arrest and died two months later at age 85.A report commissioned by the university and conducted by a team led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh concluded Paterno and three administrators hushed up the allegations against Sandusky.The three administrators were sentenced to jail. Former university President Graham Spanier is appealing his conviction. HBO biopic about Penn State’s Joe Paterno premieres April 7 In this image released by HBO, Kathy Baker, left, and Al Pacino portray Sue and Joe Paterno in a scene from “Paterno,” a film about the late Penn State football coach. HBO says the film will focus on Paterno dealing with the fallout from the child sex abuse scandal involving his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The all-time winningest coach in major college football history was fired days after Sandusky’s Nov. 2011 arrest and died two months later at the age of 85. (Atsushi Nishijima/HBO via AP)
by The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2018 9:06 pm PDT Last Updated May 23, 2018 at 9:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTA – A convention focused on gaming, animation, music and other art forms is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to downtown Atlanta.MomoCon 2018 runs Thursday through Sunday at the Georgia World Congress Center and the nearby Omni Atlanta Hotel.Organizers say 90,000 attendees are expected at the 14th MomoCon, a multi-genre convention for fans of music, costuming, comics, visual arts and voice acting.Organizers have prepared a 180,000-square-foot (16,700 square meters) gaming floor, billed as the largest in the southeast United States. Another 150,000 square feet (14,000 square meters) of space will be for vendors, game developers and celebrity autographs.An entertainment and media career fair that runs through 2 p.m. Thursday kicks off the convention. MomoCon to draw fans of gaming, other forms of entertainment
by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Oct 3, 2018 6:09 am PDT Last Updated Oct 3, 2018 at 3:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 9, 2018 file photo, actress Carey Mulligan poses for a portrait to promote her film “Wildlife” at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. A year after the Harvey Weinstein allegations first surfaced, Hollywood is still sifting through the wreckage. For many, the Weinstein case laid bare the movie industry’s systemic gender inequalities. Mulligan says there’s been “a seismic shift” in the movie industry, though much work remains to be done. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File) A year after Weinstein, Hollywood is still soul-searching NEW YORK, N.Y. – After Rashida Jones exited Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” in 2017 she noted that the studio, after 25 years in business, had not made a single feature film directed by a woman, calling it “a culture where women and people of colour do not have an equal creative voice.”So when Pixar co-founder and CEO John Lasseter stepped down earlier this year after acknowledging “missteps” in his behaviour with employees, he was more than another casualty in the long list of film industry power players toppled by the #MeToo movement. He was a symbol of a Hollywood culture that is dying — or at least under siege.“These giant, multi-billion-dollar companies, they all need a makeover,” Jones now says. “And I think people are starting to recognize that. To me, that is a victory. Brave people have come forward and made this whole machine start to question itself.”In the year since sexual assault allegations surfaced against Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood has been soul-searching. The Weinstein case — along with those of Kevin Spacey, CBS’ Les Moonves, Amazon Studios’ Roy Price and many others — laid bare the painful reality for countless women in a movie industry where gender inequality was systematic and pervasive.The #MeToo movement has gone far beyond the movies, but Hollywood remains ground zero in a cultural eruption that began 12 months ago with the Weinstein revelations, published by The New York Times and The New Yorker. Through interviews with actresses, filmmakers, producers and others, The Associated Press sought to assess whether it is a palpably different place today than a year ago.“Definitely there’s been a seismic shift,” says Carey Mulligan, the British actress. “I feel like if I was walking down the street and someone said something or did something outside the bounds of appropriate, I would feel so much more empowered to tell them to f— off while before I probably wouldn’t. Those sort of grey area things are now no longer grey areas.”Mulligan, who played an early 20th century women’s rights activist in 2015’s “Suffragette” and has herself been vocal about Hollywood’s pay gap, says that in every job she’s had for the last year, there’s been a well-known code of conduct on set. She’s optimistic that more change is coming.Researchers at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative have not yet found any marked difference in female representation on screen, behind the camera or in the boardroom. More data after the end of the year will give a clearer picture of 2018, but the previous 20 years have shown almost zero change. At least anecdotally, studios and production companies are more aggressively hunting for female filmmakers. Salma Hayek has said her production company has been struggling to find female writers and directors. They’re all already booked.“Everybody’s looking for their female content,” says Jones, whose documentary “Quincy” was recently released by Netflix. “They’re starting to understand that content that’s created by and shepherded by women and people of colour is super underrepresented in the business. And everybody’s scrambling to try to fix that.”Measuring cultural change in a far-flung, $50 billion industry is difficult. Many of the epicenters of the movie business — red carpets, film festivals, award shows — have struck a different tone in the wake of Weinstein. While “who are you wearing” has steadily crept back into the red-carpet lexicon a year after women wore black to the Golden Globes, protest has engulfed many of the frothiest events on the movie calendar, from the Oscars to the Cannes Film Festival .But some see a limit to what such demonstrations can accomplish.“It’s a great thing when you’re on the red carpet and people are talking about sexual assault. At least it’s out in the open,” says actress Viola Davis. “My fear is that people feel like the focus of sexual assault is just on actresses in Hollywood and studio execs like Weinstein.”She worries about the movement becoming limited to “outing the men, putting them in the court of public opinion and just destroying their careers. It’s way bigger than that. One out of every 4 women — and there’s some statistics that say it’s 1 out of 3 — will be sexually assaulted by the time they’re 18.”Like many revolutions before it, #MeToo has sought to codify permanent changes. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences instituted a code of conduct and booted not only Weinstein but Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski.In addition, “inclusion riders” — contractual agreements to try to hire diverse casts and crews — have proliferated. Last month, Warner Bros. became the first major studio to make a similar pledge. Many prominent film festival directors have also signed agreements to push their executive boards to gender parity.In an attempt to abolish the “casting couch” culture that Weinstein allegedly exploited, The Screen Actors Guild created guidelines — supported by the producers’ guild — instructing producers and executives to refrain from holding professional meetings in hotel rooms and homes. It urged members not to agree to meetings in “high-risk locations.”“People have been talking for decades about how terrible the casting coach is. Even with that knowledge, it was still going on. There was nothing concrete, written down saying: unacceptable,” says Gabrielle Carteris, president of SAG-AFTRA. “Us putting that in a guideline was so empowering for members because we’ve all been put in that situation. And I really want to salute the studios because we did it really in partnership with them.”The guidelines will soon be expanded to establish rules around nudity on set.“The kind of work we do is so intimate. It’s different than being a lawyer or a doctor or a dentist,” Carteris says. “But there are rules for workers in this country, and it was really important to define what those rules are.”The movie business still lacks a single, industry-wide reporting system for sexual harassment and assault, though a committee led by Anita Hill is working to create one. Time’s Up , which is spearheading much of the pressure put on Hollywood, has also amassed a $21 million legal-defence fund for women who suffer from harassment and assault at work in any industry.Yet with everything that has happened in the last year, most observers say not nearly enough has been done to address long-term inequalities in Hollywood.“It feels like we’re moving in the right direction, but women and minorities are such a tiny percentage of this industry,” says filmmaker Nicole Holofcener, whose latest is “The Land of Steady Habits.” ”I open up my Director’s Guild magazine, and it has films that the DGA is screening and sometimes there’s not one woman, not one black person. They are all white male directors and my jaw is on the floor. I think: How can this still be?”Holofcener has mixed feelings about all the attention on gender.“It’s a good thing to highlight our work, but I wish we didn’t have to,” she says.Julia Roberts, who was once among the highest paid movie stars, agrees.“Every year that it’s ‘the year of the woman,’ let’s just have it always be the year of the artists,” Roberts says. “If we have to keep spotlighting the gender of this and the gender of that, we’re kind of blowing it.”There are plenty of others in Hollywood who have misgivings about #MeToo. Sean Penn derided what he called the movement’s “salacious” quality, saying its spirit is “to divide men and women.”But as the recent re-editing of “The Predator” showed, some behaviour remains a work-in-progress. Shane Black called his casting of an old friend, Steven Wilder Striegel, a previously convicted sex offender, an “irresponsible” decision . Striegel was cut the from the film only after actress Olivia Munn alerted 20th Century Fox to Striegel’s past.Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of the advocacy group Women in Film , believes that the path to ending harassment is through parity. Evidence backs her up.“The more women we have in leadership positions, the less likely the incidents of harassment. So we have a lot of work to do on that front,” Schaffer says.“We’ve been living in a sexist, racist society for hundreds of thousands of years,” she adds. “We’re not going to undo it in a year.”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP .
Capri Everitt holds a sign as she poses in this recent handout photo. Fourteen-year-old Capri Everitt of Vancouver bought two tickets to Ellen Degeneres’s performance in Vancouver with money she’d earned busking. She planned to give them away to fans based on their singing of O Canada outside Rogers Arena tomorrow night before show time. But then she was given 80 tickets to give away. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Capri Everitt B.C. teen gives away tickets to Ellen Degeneres show, plans O Canada welcome VANCOUVER – A 14-year-old girl’s quest to give away two tickets to Ellen Degeneres’s appearance in Vancouver has turned into an 82-ticket giveaway complete with all the “winners” singing O Canada before show time.Capri Everitt had planned to award two tickets to the “best Canadian fans” based on their performance of the national anthem with her outside Rogers Arena on Friday night.Everitt says she earned the money for the tickets by busking in downtown Vancouver and wanted to pass them on to others as part of a pre-show performance to welcome the American entertainer.The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade heard about her idea and donated 80 tickets, and the teen has given them to various multicultural societies so kids they serve can have a chance to see Degeneres.Everitt says everyone who’s already been given a ticket will join her to sing O Canada before they enter the arena, and their own little show will include the flags of 80 countries where she has travelled with her family.The Grade 9 student says she sang the national anthem of each country she visited, and in the native language, during a nine-month trip two years ago as part of her “Around the World in 80 Anthems” tour.She says her global trip to raise money for a children’s charity helped her feel grateful about Canada’s multiculturalism.“I really learned to appreciate that because it’s such a beautiful thing and not every country has it,” she says.Everitt, 14, says she wanted to give away tickets to Degeneres’s show because “she believes in welcoming everyone no matter what their sexual orientation is or their culture and I believe her fans and her supporters do too.“I want Ellen to know that Vancouver, and Canada in general, is such a multicultural and amazing place to live. And I want her to know we’re very welcoming.”Everitt says youth groups singing the national anthem of their native country, including Colombia, Croatia, China, Israel and the Philippines, will also be joining her outside Rogers Arena, along with the 80 ticket holders singing O Canada and those vying to win the two original tickets to see Degeneres.She says she learned the anthems of each country before leaving on her trip by contacting staff at various embassies and through people in Vancouver’s diverse community.Everitt says she’ll decide who gets the original two tickets when they sing the anthem together. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 18, 2018 1:05 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 18, 2018 at 1:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
NEW YORK — Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” are now co-hosts and spouses.The network says the couple wed Saturday in a small ceremony attended by family and friends in Washington.They tied the knot at the National Archives with U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, of Maryland, officiating.Scarborough and Brzezinski announced their engagement in May 2017. They don’t talk a lot about their personal relationship on air but have relaxed about it over time.In a September talk in New York for her book “Know Your Value,” Brzezinski teased that the wedding was coming up and that it was “going to be awesome.”This is Scarborough’s third marriage and Brzezinski’s second.Vanity Fair was first to report the wedding.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 25, 2018 3:54 pm PDT ‘Morning Joe’ hosts Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski marry
iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending January 20, 2019:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. A Star Is Born (2018)2. Once Upon a Deadpool3. Unbreakable4. A Simple Favor5. The Old Man & the Gun6. Split (2017)7. Hunter Killer8. Crazy Rich Asians9. Juliet, Naked10. Bad Times At the El RoyaleiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. The Old Man & the Gun2. Juliet, Naked3. Mid90s4. Suspiria5. Eighth Grade6. Rust Creek7. Colette8. Wildlife9. Three Identical Strangers10. The Rewrite__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Press The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by By The Associated Press, The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2019 12:36 pm PDT
Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 21-27 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Honoree Gigi Hadid attends Variety’s Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on Friday, April 5, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 15, 2019 8:47 am PDT April 21: Actress Elaine May is 87. Actor Charles Grodin is 84. Singer Iggy Pop is 72. Actress Patti LuPone is 70. Actor Tony Danza is 68. Actress Andie MacDowell is 61. Singer Robert Smith of The Cure is 60. Guitarist Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies is 60. Actor-director John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”) is 56. Rapper Michael Franti of Spearhead is 53. Actress Leslie Silva (“In the Dark,” ”Providence”) is 51. Singer Glen Hansard is 49. Comedian Nicole Sullivan (“King of Queens”) is 49. Guitarist David Brenner of Theory of a Deadman is 41. Actor James McAvoy (“The Last King of Scotland,” ”The Chronicles of Narnia”) is 40. Actor Terrence J (“Think Like A Man”) is 37. Actor Frank Dillane (“Fear the Walking Dead”) is 28. Singer Sydney Sierota of Echosmith is 22.April 22: Actress Estelle Harris (“Seinfeld”) is 91. Actor Jack Nicholson is 82. Singer Mel Carter is 80. Country singer Cleve Francis is 74. Director John Waters is 73. Singer Peter Frampton is 69. Singer Paul Carrack (Squeeze, Mike and the Mechanics) is 68. Actor Joseph Bottoms is 65. Actor Ryan Stiles (“The Drew Carey Show”) is 60. Comedian Byron Allen (“Real People”) is 58. Actor Chris Makepeace is 55. Guitarist Fletcher Dragge of Pennywise is 53. Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Good Wife,” ”Grey’s Anatomy”) is 53. Actress Sheryl Lee (“Twin Peaks”) is 52. TV personality Sherri Shepherd (“The View”) is 52. Country singer Heath Wright of Ricochet is 52. Country singer Kellie Coffey is 48. Actor Eric Mabius (“Ugly Betty”) is 48. Bassist Shavo Odadjian of System of a Down is 45. Singer-guitarist Daniel Johns of Silverchair is 40. Actress Amber Heard is 33. Drummer Tripp Howell of LANCO is 30. Rapper Machine Gun Kelly is 29.April 23: Actor David Birney is 80. Actor Lee Majors (“Six Million Dollar Man”) is 80. Actress Blair Brown is 72. Actress Joyce DeWitt (“Three’s Company”) is 70. Actor James Russo is 66. Director Michael Moore is 65. Actress Judy Davis is 64. Actress Valerie Bertinelli is 59. Actor Craig Sheffer (“One Tree Hill,” ”Into the West”) is 59. Comedian George Lopez is 58. Actress Melina Kanakaredes (“Providence”) is 52. Drummer Stan Frazier of Sugar Ray is 51. Guitarist Tim Womack of Sons of the Desert is 51. Actor Scott Bairstow (“Party of Five”) is 49. Actor John Lutz (“30 Rock”) is 46. Musicians Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National are 43. Wrestler-turned-actor John Cena (“The Marine”) is 42. Actor-comedian John Oliver is 42. Actor Kal Penn (“House M.D.,” ”Harold and Kumar”) is 42. Singer Taio Cruz is 36. Actor Jesse Lee Soffer (“Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Fire”) is 35. Guitarist Anthony LaMarca of The War On Drugs is 32. Actor Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”) is 29. Actor Matthew Underwood (“Zoey 101”) is 29. Model Gigi Hadid is 24. Musicians Jake and Josh Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet are 23. Actor Charlie Rowe (“Salvation”) is 23.April 24: Actress Shirley MacLaine is 85. Actress-singer-director Barbra Streisand is 77. Country singer Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys is 76. Drummer Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is 74. Singer Ann Peebles is 72. Singer-keyboardist Rob Hyman of The Hooters is 69. Actor Eric Bogosian is 66. Singer-bassist Jack Blades of Night Ranger is 65. Actor Michael O’Keefe (“Roseanne”) is 64. Bassist David J (Love and Rockets, Bauhaus) is 62. Actor Glenn Morshower (“24”) is 60. Bassist Billy Gould (Faith No More) is 56. Actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer is 55. Actor Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” ”Amistad”) is 55. Drummer Patty Schemel (Hole) is 52. Drummer Aaron Comess of the Spin Doctors is 51. Actor Aidan Gillen (“Game of Thrones”) is 51. Actress Melinda Clarke (“The O.C.”) is 50. Actor Rory McCann (“Game of Thrones”) is 50. Bassist Brian Marshall of Creed and of Alter Bridge is 46. Actor Derek Luke (“Madea Goes To Jail,” ”Friday Night Lights”) is 45. Actor Thad Luckinbill (“12 Strong,” ”The Young and the Restless”) is 44. Actor Eric Balfour (“24”) is 42. Actress Rebecca Mader (“No Ordinary Family,” ”Lost”) is 42. Actress Reagan Gomez (“Queen Sugar,” ”The Parent ‘Hood”) is 39. Actor Austin Nichols (“One Tree Hill”) is 39. Actress Sasha Barrese (“The Hangover”) is 38. Singer Kelly Clarkson (“American Idol”) is 37. Singer-bassist Tyson Ritter of All-American Rejects is 35. Country singer Carly Pearce is 29. Actor Joe Keery (“Stranger Things”) is 27. Actor Jack Quaid (“The Hunger Games”) is 27. Actor Jordan Fisher (“Liv and Maddie,” ”Rent: Live”) is 25.April 25: Actor Al Pacino is 79. “Dancing With The Stars” judge Len Goodman is 75. Bassist Stu Cook of Creedence Clearwater Revisited is 74. Singer Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA is 74. Actress Talia Shire is 74. Actor Jeffrey DeMunn (“The Green Mile”) is 72. Country singer-songwriter Rob Crosby is 65. Actor Hank Azaria (“The Simpsons”) is 55. Singer Andy Bell of Erasure is 55. Bassist Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction) is 54. Guitarist Rory Feek of Joey and Rory is 54. Former “Early Show” host Jane Clayson is 52. Actress Gina Torres (“I Think I Love My Wife”) is 50. Actress Renee Zellweger is 50. Actor Jason Lee (“My Name Is Earl,” ”Almost Famous”) is 49. Actor Jason Wiles (“Third Watch”) is 49. Actress Emily Bergl (“Southland”) is 44. Actress Marguerite Moreau (“The O.C.,” ”Life As We Know It”) is 42. Singer Jacob Underwood (O-Town) is 39. Actress Allisyn Ashley Arm (“Sonny With A Chance”) is 23. Actress Jayden Rey (“The Conners”) is 10.April 26: Actress-comedian Carol Burnett is 86. Guitarist-songwriter Duane Eddy is 81. Singer Maurice Williams of Maurice and the Zodiacs is 81. Singer Bobby Rydell is 77. Singer Gary Wright is 76. Actor Giancarlo Esposito (“Revolution,” ”Breaking Bad”) is 61. Drummer Roger Taylor of Duran Duran is 59. Actress Joan Chen (“Twin Peaks”) is 58. Drummer Chris Mars of The Replacements is 58. Actor-singer Michael Damian is 57. Actor Jet Li is 56. Guitarist Jimmy Stafford of Train is 55. Actor-comedian Kevin James (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” ”The King of Queens”) is 54. Keyboardist Jeff Huskins of Little Texas is 53. Fiddler Joe Caverlee of Yankee Grey is 51. Singer T-Boz of TLC is 49. Actress Shondrella Avery (“Napoleon Dynamite”) is 48. Bassist Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts is 48. Actress Simbi Kali (“3rd Rock From The Sun”) is 48. Bassist Michael Jeffers of Pinmonkey is 47. Drummer Jose Pasillas of Incubus is 43. Actor Jason Earles (“Hannah Montana”) is 42. Actor Leonard Earl Howze (“Barbershop”) is 42. Actor Amin Joseph (“Snowfall”) is 42. Actor Tom Welling (“Smallville”) is 42. Actor Pablo Schreiber (“Orange is the New Black,” ”Weeds”) is 41. Actor Nyambi Nyambi (“Mike and Molly”) is 40. Actress Jordana Brewster (“The Fast and The Furious”) is 39. Actress Stana Katic (“Castle”) is 39. Actress Marnette Patterson (“Something So Right”) is 39. Actor Channing Tatum (“Step Up”) is 39. Actress Emily Wickersham (“NCIS”) is 35. Musician James Sunderland of Frenship is 32.April 27: Actress Anouk Aimee is 87. Singer Kate Pierson of The B-52’s is 71. Singer Herbie Murrell of The Stylistics is 70. Actor Douglas Sheehan (“Knots Landing”) is 70. Guitarist Ace Frehley (Kiss) is 68. Singer Sheena Easton is 60. Actor James Le Gros (“Ally McBeal”) is 57. Bassist Rob Squires of Big Head Todd and the Monsters is 54. Singer Mica Paris is 50. Drummer Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket is 41. Singer Jim James of My Morning Jacket is 41. Singer-guitarist Travis Meeks of Days of the New is 40. Bassist Joseph Pope the Third of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats is 40. Guitarist John Osborne of the Brothers Osborne is 37. Actor Francis Capra (“Veronica Mars”) is 36. Actress Ari Graynor (“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”) is 36. Singer-guitarist Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy is 35. Actress Sheila Vand (“24: Legacy”) is 34. Actress Jenna Coleman (“Victoria,” ”Doctor Who”) is 33. Singer Nick Noonan of Karmin is 33. Actor William Moseley (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) is 32. Actress Emily Rios (“Breaking Bad”) is 30.The Associated Press
by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Jun 4, 2019 10:50 am PDT Remembering when Prince wrote that song for you NEW YORK — Susanna Hoffs knows how much “Manic Monday,” written by Prince, impacted the career of the Bangles when the song became a worldwide hit in 1986. So when Hoffs thinks about how she didn’t get a chance to thank Prince years later for the gift he gave her band, she feels emotional.Tearing up during a phone interview with The Associated Press, she says, “As an adult I wanted to thank him and I just didn’t get around to it.”Prince wrote the song under the moniker “Christopher” and his demo version appears on his posthumous album, “Originals.” Other demo versions of tracks he’s penned for singers appear on the 15-track album, available on Tidal starting Friday.The album will be widely available on June 21.Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press FILE – In this March 29, 2019, file photo, singer Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles poses in the press room at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York. In an interview with The Associated Press, Hoffs recalls the huge impact of “Manic Monday,” written by Prince, on the career of the Bangles when the song became a worldwide hit in 1986. Prince’s demo version of the song appears on his posthumous album, “Originals,” due out this month. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
May 30, 1997White collar jackhammering…Cliff from the Gallery lends a hand.
September 25, 1997Objects found during recycling: Still Life with Centipede.
March 14, 2003Roger Tomalty, part of the Cosanti Foundation since 1970, has been involved at many levels over the past 33 years. He managed the construction of the Ceramics Apse and the Foundry Apse Complex and since Paolo Soleri’s development of the ‘2 Suns Concept’ and ‘Energy Apron Concept’ has done research and planning of the large scale greenhouse. Currently most of Rogers time is spent in education, Elderhostel and tours. This photo was taken in 1970 in the draftingroom/modelshop in the Pumpkin Apse – Barrel Vaults Complex at Cosanti. [Photo: cf & Text: sa] As part of the seminar week for each workshop, Roger Tomalty discusses the basic concept of integrating intensive food production into the Arcosanti prototype in the form of a 10 acre south facing sloping greenhouse. By incorporating the greenhouse ‘energy apron’ Arcosanti will demonstrate not only a compact urban alternative to suburban sprawl but the complexification and miniturization of agriculture as well. [Photo & Text: sa] Tomalty stresses the thought and design processes that have gone into the research and development of the greenhouse model and the importance of demonstrating the integration of food, energy and housing, given the environmental stresses the planet now faces. [Photo & Text: sa]
May 16, 2007 This continues the report from 5/14/07 about the installation of a new set of solar panels. A complicated collection of connectors is pre-assembled by workshop participants JiHye Son, Rebecca M. and Jose Masaoy. The panels are unpacked and moved into location. Rebecca reaches through the greenhouse windows to help. This continues the report from 5/14/07 about the installation of a new set of solar panels. A complicated collection of connectors is pre-assembled by workshop participants JiHye Son, Rebecca M.and Jose Masaoy. The panels are unpacked and moved into location. Rebecca reaches through the greenhouse windows to help.[Photo & text: sa] Workshop participant Sylva Tentori assembles some of the connectors. Construction crew leader David Tollas and workshop participant Fernando Lomasto lift the panels up to site electrician Dr. Sparks. Rebecca is on the inside of the greenhouse to help mount the back of the panels.[Photo & text: sa] Rebecca installs the individual wiring and wire connection between the panels. All the panels are in place. Eight panels with 160 Watt capacity were donated by PTL [Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory], which is a part of Arizona State University. This report continues on 5/18/07.[Photo & text: sa]
Brian is pouring a batch of plaster. 67% consistency, a ratio of 2 lbs of water to 3 lbs of plaster, hand mixed mindfully. This photo illustrates the multiple stages of our process, and Paolo gracing our moment, Grazie! Creative Genius!, it is an honor to continue this work, with his blessing, his input and insight. Paolo Soleri wind bells, Bravissimo! Creative process … nothing quite like it. Working with energy that comes from within and through our hands into form, into the world. March 9, 2012Paolo Soleri is an inspiration to me. His foundational approach to ceramics is rooted in an understanding of elemental materials. EARTH AIR WATER FIRE / ALCHEMY. Combining ideas, impulse, creative spark … designing with materials ancient, timeless, present and lasting.[text by David Hutchens]
The Turkish Cypriot side has declared a senior Unficyp official persona non grata after he received the Cypriot citizenship, which also appears to have been granted in violation of the Status of Forces Agreement.Unficyp’s chief financial officer Husein Moussa was granted Cypriot citizenship at the end of last year.Beyond the apparent violation of the Status of Forces Agreement, the decision by the interior ministry prompted the Turkish Cypriot side to question his impartiality.Last week, the head of Unficyp, Elizabeth Spehar, had been summoned by Turkish Cypriot officials over the matter.However, according to reports in the north, Turkish Cypriots were not satisfied with the response and on Wednesday they declared Moussa persona non grata.Despite the fuss in the north, the Republic remained silent so far, apart from a statement by Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos to the Cyprus Mail last week that the decision was above board.Moussa, who has been working for Unficyp since 2002, appears to have been granted citizenship in violation of UN regulations, which preclude him from applying.The Status of Forces Agreement with Cyprus states that members of the force are exempt from passport and visa regulations and immigration inspection and restrictions on entering or departing the island.“They shall also be exempt from any regulations governing the residence of aliens in Cyprus, including registration, but shall not be considered as acquiring any right to permanent residence or domicile in Cyprus.”Similar rules apply to embassy staff working in Cyprus.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Our World Cup competition for 3 iPhone Xs is drawing to a close with less than 24 hours to the deadline (13.00 on Saturday 30/06/18).Judging from the odds given by our World Cup sponsors FONBET, our readers went according to the initial bookies favourites with few exceptions.Germany’s unexpected exit though has resulted in more than 17% of the entries being eliminated while a further 10% got one of the two questions wrong!Distant favourite amongst the Cyprus Mail readers is Brazil with more than a third of the votes (4.30) while Argentina (13), Spain (5) and France (9) come next at 14,13 and 12 per cent respectively.Free-scoring England (8.50) and Belgium (7.50) lag well behind with just 4 per cent while Portugal(26) follows with 3 per cent.If you have voted for Croatia (11), Russia (65), Mexico (65) or Japan (125) you are almost certainly guaranteed an iPhone X.*In brackets the odds given by FONBETYou May LikeCollegeBuzzo9 Worst Colleges And Universities in AmericaCollegeBuzzoUndoWomen's Method15 Dog Breeds That Are Loyal Partners For LifeWomen’s MethodUndoHealthZapHe Donated His 80-Year-Old Monkey Toy To A Museum And Met His Long-Lost CousinHealthZapUndo Widowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoIran’s Revolutionary Guards publish purported exchange with British warshipUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The longest-serving convict in Cyprus, Panayiotis Kafkaris, 72, who killed a man and his two children, was released on Friday after the parole board approved his request following repeated appeals.Kafkaris has served 31 years after he was given three life sentences for the premeditated murder of businessman Panicos Michael, 45, and his two children aged 11 and 13, in Limassol in 1987.During his trial he said he had been paid CYP £10,000 (€17,000) to carry out the hit. Kafkaris had placed a bomb under Michael’s vehicle, which he detonated, killing all three.Kafkaris had been fighting his imprisonment in a variety of legal means including recourse to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over the duration of his sentence. At the time of the murder, life imprisonment in Cyprus was 20 years.Kafkaris at the time of the murderHowever, in 1988, the Nicosia Criminal Court interpreted life imprisonment to mean until the end of a convict’s biological life.Consequently, when passing sentence in 1989, the Limassol Criminal Court, relied on the 1988 findings of its counterpart in Nicosia.He had requested to be released on parole for the first time in 2012 but his application was rejected. He appealed the decision and in February, 2015 the Supreme Court cancelled the parole board’s decision because it had not been examined properly and lacked justification. The parole board reviewed the request and rejected it anew.Kafkaris turned to the Supreme Court again, which cancelled the parole board’s decision for the second time for the same reasons.The convict sought another review on April 3, 2017, but received no reply.Later in the same year, the Supreme Court rejected another request Kafkaris had filed asking for permission to apply for a preferential order after asking the parole board to review his case within a specific timeframe or reasonable time.In July 2015, Kafkaris wrote a letter to the ombudsman and the ECHR asking to be put to death unless his request for parole is re-examined.The lifer said he had no confidence in the current parole board and would like his request for release to be examined by a reconstituted board.“If this is not possible, I request that I be euthanised,” he wrote.In January 2004, he filed an application to the Supreme Court challenging the legitimacy of his detention but that was also dismissed.He went on to appeal at the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled in 2008 that Cyprus had violated Article 7 of the Convention on Human Rights with regard to the quality of the law applicable at the material time.Article 7 states that no one shall be held guilty of any criminal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a criminal offence under national or international law at the time when it was committed.“Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the criminal offence was committed.”In response, Cyprus pledged to set up a parole board but was censured by the ECHR in 2011 for failing to do so.The board was eventually set up in 2013.You May LikePOM Industries LLCPOM Pepper Spray – Next Generation of Performance, Quality and SafetyPOM Industries LLCUndoZeluPlus26 Things You Need To Know Before Buying A Carton of Eggs – ZeluPlusZeluPlusUndoTotal Restore SupplementUS Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesTotal Restore SupplementUndo Mayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The Ministry of Transport said on Tuesday new legislation regulating the use of bicycles is on track to go into force at the end of October and all is being done to facilitate its implementation.The ministry issued a statement in response to a newspaper report in Phileleftheros under the headline ‘Bicycle law has been shelved’ on Monday.“In the process of examining the law on bicycle regulation before the transport committee of the House of Representatives it was revealed that various existing laws have similar provisions with a different content and different penalties,” the statement said.To solve this problem the ministry has taken the necessary steps to amend existing laws.According to the ministry, a bill amending the extrajudicial offences law has been prepared, which abolishes offences not in compliance with the new law. This was sent to the legal service to be reviewed on July 5.Preliminary regulations amending the motor vehicles and traffic law have also been sent to the service, on July 3.“The legislative review of the two laws is expected to be completed in the next few days in order to be submitted to the Council of Ministers for approval, and then submitted to the House of Representatives within the deadline,” the ministry said.A campaign to promote the bicycle as a means of transport began on September 15 and is expected to last for one year.The campaign includes the creation and promotion of radio and television spots, the distribution of printed material at a number of events, advertising on buses and the organisation of events.For the campaign, the ministry has secured a sponsorship of €80,000 from Opap Cyprus and is providing €25,000 from its own funds.The new law stipulates that bicycles are allowed on any street, bike path or cyclist lane but not on highways except in cases of organised cyclist events which require a permit.Regulations also forbid cycling under the influence of alcohol or drugs and tests to check the level of alcohol will be carried out.Cyclists found guilty of violating offences such as the above will be liable for a €1,500 fine or up to a six month prison sentence or both.Drivers who do not respect the law and persons found to import or distribute bicycles which do not fulfil the necessary requirements may be subject to a €1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
President Nicos Anastasiades stressed to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council overnight on Thursday that he is ready to engage in a dialogue for a solution to the Cyprus problem from where it left off in July 2017 at Crans Montana, given that there will be adequate preparation.The President, in New York for the UN General Assembly, hosted a working lunch for the five Permanent Representatives.The President made it clear that a solution should be based on the UN Resolutions and the Guterres Framework as it was tabled in Crans Montana. Speaking to the press after the meeting, he said he held a productive discussion and that he made it clear that there needs to be efficient preparation before the resumption of the talks to avoid a failure that perhaps will give the opportunity to some to present “different plans”.He added that he briefed the Permanent Representatives that there are still important differences that need to be addressed, such as the withdrawal of the map by the Turkish Cypriot side.Replying to a question about his expectations of the meeting he is set to have with UNSG on Friday, Anastasiades said that he will convey once again his determination for the resumption of the talks and also the need to have a climate without any violation of Cyprus’ sovereign rights, so as to avoid any circumstances which will not lead to a dialogue, but probably to deadlock.Replying to another question, he said that he is ready to elaborate some ideas to the UNSG but advised to be patient.Asked if there is information that the Turkish side is promoting an alternative solution outside the framework, he referred to public statements made by Turkish officials.According to a diplomatic source, the discussion with the P5 focused on the Cyprus negotiations and the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus. The same source said that the President was satisfied with the approach of the P5 regarding the presence of Unficyp.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola