2014 Tony Awards & The Normal Heart Pick Up WGA Nods

first_img View Comments The 68th Annual Tony Awards picked up a nomination in the Comedy/Variety—Music, Awards, Tributes—Specials category. The 2014 ceremony, hosted by Hugh Jackman, was penned by Dave Boone and featured special material by Jon Macks. Additionally, the HBO adaptation of The Normal Heart received a nod for Long Form Adapted. The film featured a screenplay by Larry Kramer, adapted from his 1985 play of the same name. The Writers Guild of America has announced the nominees for the 2015 Writers Guild Awards categories for TV, new media, news, radio and promotional media, and there is some Broadway representation in the mix! The winners will be announced on February 14, 2015 simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles.center_img Among the additional nominees are several TV series featuring a slew of Broadway stars, including Orange is the New Black, The Good Wife, Mad Men, Transparent, The Leftovers and Modern Family. Check out the full list of nominees from the WGA.last_img read more

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Incoming TVA CEO backs board’s decision to close Paradise, Bull Run coal plants

first_imgIncoming TVA CEO backs board’s decision to close Paradise, Bull Run coal plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:Shutting down a Kentucky coal-fired power plant is the right decision, the new head of the Tennessee Valley Authority said Friday. President Donald Trump and the U.S. Senate majority leader who hails from Kentucky had previously criticized the move.Jeff Lyash took over as president and CEO of the nation’s largest public utility on Monday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Lyash said the Paradise Fossil Plant is at the end of its life and no longer cost effective to operate.Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had joined Trump in the plea to keep Paradise up and running, but TVA’s board still voted days later in February to retire the remaining coal-fired unit there by December 2020. The board also voted to close the Bull Run Fossil Plant near Oak Ridge, Tennessee, by December 2023.“These coal plants were ‘the’ technology when they were built,” Lyash said Friday. But he added that technology has changed along with customer demands. “And that’s what leads to decisions like retirements on Paradise and Bull Run. For me it has little to do with a ‘war on coal’ or anything else. It has to do with deciding what’s best for the Tennessee Valley,” he said.Lyash did not signal any big changes for the utility with the change in leadership. Outgoing CEO Bill Johnson is taking over at San Francisco-based PG&E later this month.Asked about groundwater pollution from TVA’s coal ash dumps, Lyash said monitoring wells have shown the pollution is “fairly contained around the ash sites.”More: New TVA head says board right on coal plant closureslast_img read more

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Heart of Appalachia: Fall In Love With Autumn On The Road & On Foot

first_imgThe geography of Virginia’s Heart of Appalachia region is as varied as the experiences it offers. Reaching the peak for fall leaf colors can vary due to significant differences in elevation. While mid-October is commonly considered the peak of fall colors, early and late October remain visually vibrant. With a myriad of activities, attractions, and aesthetics, you’ll fall for autumn in the Heart of Appalachia! We suggest you enjoy the colors of fall both on and off the road.Here are some ideas for both…Little Stony Falls is a hidden gem located between Coeburn and Dungannon. The 2.8-mile trail follows the stream through a 400 foot deep and 1,700-foot wide gorge. Large rock outcrops, ledges, and boulders form the scenic edges along Little Stony Creek, including two waterfalls 8 and 24 feet high. Hike the trail, fish, or kayak as you enjoy the frigid water and colorful trees of the Jefferson National Forest.Birch Knob – At an elevation of 3,144 feet above sea level, Birch Knob offers some of the best mountains views in the region. You’ll find the 100-yard walk from the parking lot and the 183 stair steps to reach the top to be well worth the trek. Just bring along some bottled water and don’t forget your camera!The Pinnacle Natural Preserve – If you’re looking for towering cliffs, sheer limestone ledges, and waterfalls galore, then look no further than the Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve. Located near the confluence of the Clinch River and Big Cedar Creek, the topography of the Pinnacle has been modified by the forces of time to create this dramatic landscape.Lake Witten and Cavitt’s Creek Park is a quiet, breathtaking retreat for fun and relaxation, birding, hiking, camping, fishing and more. They offer restrooms/showers, tent sites with water, camping sites and full-service RV campsites. This is the perfect spot for an impromptu fall weekend camping trip with breathtaking views of the 54-acre lake and surrounding fall foliage!Sand Cave is a hike worth making from Lee County, VA. A rugged uphill climb will award you with a beautiful view and amazing Cave structure. You can continue your trek toward White Cliff. Plan for the entire day to be on the mountain and bring plenty of water and your camera.Flag Rock & High Knob – There are spectacular views and exploration to be had, both on and off the pavement. From the City of Norton, Flag Rock can be seen as a rock outcrop capped with an American Flag. The recreation site sits over 1,000 feet above the City’s elevation of 2,350 ft. and offers twenty-five acres of recreation area with spectacular views, hiking trails, fishing, and camping. Moving on from Flag Rock will take you to High Knob, at an elevation of 3,800 ft. You’ll find several trails, High Knob Lake, and the grand prize view from High Knob Observation Tower at 4,223 ft.Happy Fall Color exploration in the Heart of Appalachia!!!last_img read more

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Second Litter of Red Wolf Pups Born at North Carolina Zoo

first_imgPhoto credit: North Carolina Zoo Susi H. Hamilton, secretary of the N.C. Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources, lauded the Zoo’s efforts to help this critically endangered species survive. AZA SAFE Species programs aim to protect endangered species around the world. For more information, visit https://www.aza.org/aza-safe.  The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.  The newest pups were named in honor of former North Carolina zookeeper Jessi Culbertson, 32, who worked with the red wolves for several years before passing away in 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. Only 15-20 red wolves remain in the wild, and they’re all in eastern North Carolina. This litter brings the number of red wolves in the Zoo’s breeding program to 27, making it the second-largest pack in the U.S. after Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. The North Carolina Zoo led the successful efforts to have the American red wolf become part of the Association of Zoo and Aquariums SAFE (Saving Species From Extinction) program. The North Carolina Zoo announces the birth of two endangered American red wolves as part of its American red wolf breeding program. The two female pups were born on Monday, May 4 to parents Taylor (female) and Solo (male). This is the second litter for the Zoo this year, which is the first time for two litters in one season for the Zoo’s breeding program. On April 21, five pups were born at the Zoo to parents Piglet (female) and Jewell (male). Once common throughout the southeastern United States, the wolves were driven to near extinction during the late 1960s, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began an aggressive conservation effort – the American Red Wolf Recovery Program – that led to new ways to track and protect the species. All seven pups are all healthy and doing well. About the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources  “It’s really a testament the staff’s dedication, teamwork and passion toward helping one of the most endangered canids in the world,” Hamilton said. The Zoo has been part of the American Red Wolf Recovery Program since 1994. With these recent births, the Zoo’s red wolf pack has bred thirteen pups over the past three years and has successfully bred 36 wolves since the program began. Currently, there are about 240 (that number can change daily during the whelping season) red wolves in breeding programs throughout the U.S. Red wolves normally have three to five pups per litter. Two Endangered Red Wolf Pups Born at North Carolina Zoo; Bringing Total to Seven This Year. The pups are named in honor of a zookeeper who passed away last year. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the North Carolina Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call 919- 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov. About the North Carolina Zoo Under this program, the Zoo leads in conserving the species and growing both the population in the wild and the animals under human care.  To learn more about the North Carolina Zoo and our red wolf program please visit www.nczoo.org The pups are named Arrow, in honor of Jessi’s Native American Cherokee heritage, and May, for the month that both Jessi and the puppies share a birthday. At the North Carolina Zoo, we celebrate nature. As the world’s largest natural habitat Zoo, we inspire a lifelong curiosity about animals for the hundreds of thousands of people who visit our Zoo each year. Our dedicated team of experts provides exceptional, compassionate care for the more than 1,800 animals and 52,000 plants that call our Park home. We also lead efforts locally and globally to protect wildlife and wild places because we believe nature’s diversity is critical for our collective future. The North Carolina Zoo invites all of our guests to witness the majesty of the wild in the heart of North Carolina and welcomes everyone to join in our mission to protect nature’s diversity. Visit NCZoo.org to begin your life-changing journey. ### The pups are being kept in a quiet, non-public viewing area of the Zoo and have minimal contact with staff and keepers. This allows their mother to raise the pups with the least amount of stress in a natural habitat.last_img read more

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Countdown to the Super Bowl

first_imgThis weekend the final berths for this year’s Super Bowl will be decided.  I will be paying more attention to the playoffs this year because the New Orleans Saints, with quarterback Drew Brees, will be part of it.  Normally, I only get excited if the Colts or Bengals are involved.Since the Bengals have been totally absent from the Super Bowl picture lately, and the Colts only making a few rare appearances since moving from Baltimore, the Super Bowl is just something to watch.  Brees, of course, played his college ball at Purdue which you know is my Alma Mater.  Drew Brees and Philadelphia Eagles, Nick Foles, attended Westlake High School in Texas.  That was quite a coincidence last Sunday when they battled it out to see who would remain in the playoffs.Besides New Orleans, the other teams are the LA Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, and New England Patriots.  I hope your favorite wins.last_img read more

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McIlroy tips Spieth for more majors

first_img Having already set new 36 and 54-hole scoring records, Spieth also equalled the 72-hole record of 18-under set by Tiger Woods in 1997 after a bogey on the 18th, finishing four shots clear of Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson. Spieth’s total of 28 birdies beat the previous best of 25 set by Mickelson in 2001, his last of the week on the 15th also making him the first player ever to reach 19 under par in the Masters. Rory McIlroy predicted he will face numerous battles with Jordan Spieth for golf’s greatest prizes after the American’s record-breaking Masters victory on Sunday. The 21-year-old is also the second youngest champion ever behind Woods and moves up to second in the world behind McIlroy after a run of results which reads first, second, second, first. ” I played well,” McIlroy said after shooting 31 on the back nine on Friday and 68 and 66 on the weekend to finish fourth on 12 under. “Obviously very happy with how the weekend went, and even the last nine holes of Friday, which I needed to just get in for the weekend. “I am obviously going to take a lot of positives from it. If someone had told me I’d finish 12-under at the start of the week, I would have taken it and sat back and seen where I finished. ” But a few guys have just played a bit better than that. Jordan obviously started off fantastically well and has just kept his foot down. It’s awfully impressive. I’ve been fortunate enough to be in a similar position, winning my first major, and having a nice comfortable walk up the 18th. “It’s nice to get your major tally up and running at quite an early stage of your career and it’s great to see, great for the game. And I’m sure he’ll win many more.” McIlroy insisted the pressure of trying to complete the career grand slam had not affected his performance, adding: ” No, not at all. I prepared really, really well for this tournament. “I came in feeling good and I felt like I played okay on Thursday. I got it in in red numbers. Just the start on Friday (a front nine of 40) was really what killed me. But as you’ve seen over the last 45 holes, I’m playing very nicely. It’s just a matter of putting it all together.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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GSA’s Jarrod Chase commits to Husson University

first_imgBLUE HILL — Three months after hitting the shot that cemented his place in Maine basketball lore at the Cross Insurance Center, Jarrod Chase is going back to the city where it all happened.Chase, who hit a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left in the game to give George Stevens Academy a state championship win over Winthrop on March 4 in Bangor, was announced as the Husson University men’s basketball team’s newest commit Wednesday.Chase was a starter at forward on GSA’s state title-winning teams the past two seasons. He averaged 14.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 4.4 steals per game this past year and also earned a spot on the Penobscot Valley Conference’s All-Defensive team for the third season in a row.“Jarrod has a solid skill set and is a very good athlete,” Husson head coach Warren Caruso said in a statement. “We feel he has a good upside and will develop into a very good college player.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textChase is set to graduate from GSA later this week. He joins Schenck High School’s Justin Thompson as one of two Maine natives in Husson’s 2017 recruiting class and will also team up with forward Bruce St. Peter, an Ellsworth graduate who averaged 4.5 rebounds per game as a freshman this year.last_img read more

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More Zipcars coming to North University Park

first_imgZipping around LA is about to get a little easier for USC students.Zipcar, a nationwide car-sharing program that rents cars by the hour or day to registered members, plans to add 12 additional cars to the USC area this month.Zip · A Zipcar sits in a parking lot outside of Century Apartments near the USC campus. Zipcars are available to rent on an hourly or daily basis. Drivers can make reservations online or by phone to get a car in a specific location and at a specific time. – Geo Tu | Daily TrojanThere are currently 16 Zipcars available on campus, but the new addition — six more cars on campus and six in the North University Park area — will boost the amount to 28.“The program is doing amazingly well,” said Matthew Malloy, vice president of global university operations at Zipcar. “More and more students are joining every day. We’re getting hundreds of members joining on a regular basis.”Bernard C. Parks, who represents the Los Angeles City Council’s District 8, which encompasses North University Park and USC’s campus, said he is certain the partnership with Zipcar will be a positive step in solving LA’s environmental and space issues.“There will be less cars in the North University Park area,” Parks said. “The fact that people can share cars will cause a decrease in the need for more cars.”Zipcars are available for members 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cars are keyless; instead, members swipe a card to unlock and start any available car parked in a Zipcar space.Gas is included in both the day-long fee and the $8 to $9 hourly rate. Members can make reservations for specific timeslots and locations online or by phone.Malloy said Zipcar has high hopes for the success of its expanded presence at USC.“We expect to see it continuously expanding through to spring,” Malloy said.Placing more Zipcars in North University Park required a partnership between Zipcar, USC Transportation and the City of Los Angeles, who are all working together to solve problems such as air pollution and overcrowded parking facilities.The Los Angeles City Council has also been cooperating with Zipcar and USC in a car-sharing pilot program. The program is meant to gauge the potential of car sharing in Los Angeles in the two highly populated areas near USC and UCLA for a year.So far, the pilot program has been widely successful and a more permanent program is in store, as well as possible expansion to other areas in Los Angeles.Parks said he had no problem deciding to form the partnership with Zipcar, and he hopes an increase in Zipcar use will reduce congested traffic and the city’s carbon footprint.USC Transportation could be not reached for comment.Kaitlin Everly, a junior majoring in international relations, said an increase in Zipcars would make reserving a car much easier.“It’s awesome, because though the Zipcars are usually available during the weekdays, when it comes to the weekends, I have to reserve it days in advance,” Everly said.Everly said she has been using Zipcar for about a year, and almost every week during the summer, to go shopping and to dance classes.“I really like it,” she said. “It’s very easy to use, and so easy for me to get around places.”Other students have not had such positive experiences.David McAlpine, a sophomore majoring in biological sciences and broadcast journalism, cancelled his Zipcar membership this year after using it sporadically as a freshman.“I thought I was going to use it more,” McAlpine said. “But I ended up not using it much. I just got my own car instead this year.”last_img read more

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Men’s Basketball: Badgers continue to show resiliency after loss of Kobe King

first_imgFirst day of class in the fall semester, I got to class with a few minutes until the professor would begin his lecture. As I sat down in the already crowded hall, I noticed I had even less legroom than I normally have.Uncomfortable yet curious, I looked around to see why I was so squished into the seat. I immediately noticed a red Wisconsin backpack that is issued to student athletes on campus with the name tag “King #23” on it. I was sitting next to Kobe King, the six-foot-four-inch guard for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team.As the professor loosened up the room by having us all talk to our peers around us, I quickly started to get to know King, asking him as many questions as he could answer. What I noticed right away about King was his basketball IQ. Personally, I would consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable in basketball — however, listening to King talk about the sport blew me away.An axe to grindThe University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota have perhaps the most storied rivalry in college sports, as the Read…King’s overall enthusiasm for the upcoming season was next to none. He told me about how their new coaching staff was changing the way their fast-break offense would develop during games and how their offense would be so much better than last year’s.As each lecture passed on, I noticed how quickly King would sprint out of the lecture hall and I never knew what he had to get to.One day, he told me each day during our Tuesday/Thursday 2:30 p.m. lecture, King would miss a shootaround and team lift for the class, yet he still came just about every day. The days he would not come, he would reach out to me and ask for the notes so he could do the given assignments.King works hard when it comes to school, and all the stories about him as an athlete prove he works even harder at his game. Men’s Basketball: Making case for increasing Micah Potter’s playing timeSince being deemed eligible by the NCAA, Wisconsin forward Micah Potter has been extremely efficient for the Badgers. The junior Read…All King’s enthusiasm and excitement for the season ahead confused me greatly when I initially read the report that King announced he would be leaving the team to seek a transfer away from the school.As it turned out, for almost the entire time King was on campus as a Badger, he had been feuding with the coaching staff and he had reached his breaking point. He felt as though Head Coach Greg Gard and staff only appreciated him for his basketball abilities and didn’t show him that same appreciation off the court.Soft, quitter, coward. All of these words and plenty more were used to attack King regarding his decision to leave the team. As it was a surprise to all who follow the team, shock was the universal feeling regarding the decision, though some fans were brought to rage when they didn’t completely understand the situation.King did not travel with the team or even meet at the Kohl Center with the coaching staff after his announcement. He felt he needed the time away from basketball to fully comprehend everything that was going on. After speaking with teammates, he arrived at his decision and officially left the team. The Kobe King era in Madison was over.Men’s Basketball: Look at Wisconsin’s 2020 recruiting classThe University of Wisconsin basketball program has much to be optimistic about for the 2020-21 season with a very impressive Read…The men’s basketball team was faced with a big gap to fill, with one of their leading scorers departing via the transfer portal. Feb. 1, the Badgers were faced with a steep task — beating a ranked Michigan State Spartans team. In a hard fought game in which Wisconsin took a massive first half lead, the Spartans proved to be just as tough as the scouting report, mounting a massive comeback and drawing the game close. Led by Nate Reuvers, the Badgers showed great resilience in what had been a brutal week for the program, holding on to beat the Spartans, 64–63.This game meant a lot more for Gard and his staff than it seemed in the loud and sold-out Kohl Center. The win proved Gard hadn’t lost his locker room as initial reports had thought. It proved his team still wanted to fight for not only him and his staff, but also for each other.Following the win, a flat-footed Badger team showed up to play the Minnesota Golden Gophers, not carrying any of the momentum they gained with their win over the Spartans. Losing handily to the Gophers, the Badgers looked to try and find their stride once again in another Big Ten battle against The Ohio State University.In a 70–57 blowout victory over the Buckeyes, the Badgers showed their continued resilience following the loss of King. With only seven games remaining on their schedule, the Badgers must continue to play hard, Wisconsin brand basketball and win as many games as possible if they want to maintain their hopes of making the March Madness tournament.Men’s Basketball: Badgers continue to roll at home, beat The Ohio StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (14-10, 7-6 Big Ten) took control early and never let go en route Read…Currently sitting at seventh place in the Big Ten, the Badgers play only one team that is currently ranked higher than them in the standings — Rutgers. If the Badgers can get hot and continue to learn how to play together following the loss of their star player, look for them to make a deep run in the Big Ten Tournament and hopefully secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament come March.A lot can be taken away from the loss of King, but one thing remains certain — if Greg Gard is unable to make the NCAA Tournament this season, or even make a splash in the Big Ten Tournament, there may be a coaching controversy on the way.last_img read more

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Damir Beljo-Intercontinental World Champion

first_imgProfessional Boxer Damir Beljo won the title intercontinental world champion last night in the heavyweight category in the WBF version.The Mostar-raised boxer defeated Romanian Vasile Dragomir after the second round. In a dynamic and open match, the Romanian went on the attack, to which Beljo responded and sent his opponent to the floor three times by the end of the second round. Since Dragomir was not in the condition to continue with the third round, the match was declared over and Beljo became the new intercontinental world champion.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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