The Wayside Motor Inn Extends Off-Broadway

first_img The Wayside Motor Inn Outside Boston, ten people—some strangers, some not—struggle with the circumstances that have brought them to the Wayside Motor Inn. With old grudges and new feuds threatening the travelers’ peace, the play examines the tenuous space between loneliness and connection, and the fragile framework of the American Dream. The Wayside Motor Inn, starring Tony nominee Marc Kudisch, has extended its off-Broadway run. Originally set to run through September 21, the A.R. Gurney play will now play its final performance on September 28 at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center. The Lila Neugebauer-helmed production will begin performances on August 12 and open officially on September 4. Joining Kudisch as Vince will be Kelly AuCoin as Andy, Jon DeVries as Frank, Quincy Dunn-Baker as Ray, Rebecca Henderson as Ruth, Jenn Lyon as Sharon, Lizbeth Mackay as Jessie, David McElwee as Phil, Ismenia Mendes as Sally and Will Pullen as Mark. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Related Shows View Commentslast_img read more

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Presidency appears within Biden’s grasp as his lead widens in crucial battlegrounds.

first_imgMost elections come to an end when one candidate calls the other to concede. Mr. Trump may be trailing — with diminishing hopes of winning — but he’s not the kind of person who concedes. And it’s not in Mr. Biden’s political interest to unilaterally declare victory (as Mr. Trump has effectively done), and feed the conspiracy theory being pushed by the president and his supporters that Democrats are trying to steal the election. – Advertisement – The outdoor stage was all set in Wilmington, Del., for Joseph R. Biden Jr. to come out and address the nation — presumably in a victory speech as the president-elect.There were banners and spotlights and people in cars ready to honk their approval for the next president and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris. But the hour grew late and the counting of votes kept going and going with no sign of a winner in the contest between Mr. Biden and President Trump.- Advertisement – While all indications suggest that Mr. Biden has succeeded in defeating Mr. Trump, it’s still close enough in four states — Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Georgia — that the contest remains unresolved.As the number of outstanding ballots slowly dwindled, Mr. Trump was left increasingly with only legal challenges to forestall defeat. He remained uncharacteristically out of sight on Friday.This postelection limbo was one more bit of evidence of what a strange election this has been. Ballot counters have been overwhelmed by the record number of early votes cast by mail because of the pandemic; hence the slow, meticulous counts taking place across the country.- Advertisement – It has now been four days since Election Day. As long as that might seem, it’s nowhere near the 36 days it took in 2000 before the Supreme Court ended the counting and effectively declared George W. Bush the winner over Al Gore.- Advertisement – Finally, close to 11 p.m., Mr. Biden emerged. He did not deliver a victory speech, but came as close as he could, talking about what he intended to do as president while assuring Americans “your vote will be counted.” It was clear that Mr. Biden was getting as restless with the long, laborious count as much of the country.“It’s as slow as it goes,” Mr. Biden said, describing watching the numbers dribble in on television. “As slow as it goes it can be numbing.” So the count goes on. And on. And on.last_img read more

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Syracuse football injury report: Dungey and Strickland questionable again for season-finale

first_img Published on November 23, 2017 at 2:34 pm Contact: [email protected] | @jtbloss Eric Dungey and Dontae Strickland, as they were a week ago when they did not play against Louisville, are listed as questionable for Syracuse’s (4-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) final game of the season against Boston College (6-5, 3-4 ACC).Earlier this week, head coach Dino Babers said he “wouldn’t bet” on Dungey playing this weekend. Dungey, SU’s junior quarterback who injured his right foot/leg against Florida State, has not played in the last two games. Orange quarterbacks have thrown six interceptions in his absence.Strickland, the starting running back when healthy, did not travel to Louisville last week. The junior’s most recent appearance, SU’s Nov. 11 loss to Wake Forest, was the first time all season sophomore Moe Neal carried more than Strickland.The rest of Syracuse’s injury report remains the same. Sophomore defensive lineman Josh Black hasn’t played since the LSU game on Sept. 23. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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EDITORIAL: Florida legislators: Don’t divert funding from public schools

first_imgThe Florida Legislature has convened for the 2019 session. As happens annually when the Legislature meets there are several issues critical to the well-being of the community that will be debated, and possible passed into law. One of the issues of greatest concern is one that could impact the future of Florida’s public school system.Desantis wants to divert funds to private schools Last year during Ron DeSantis campaigning to be Florida’s governor, there was concern over his stated support for private schools. Now that he’s governor the concern has heightened. He has publicly stated he favors using public funding to provide more scholarships to students to attend private schools. Furthermore, he has tried to defend this policy by saying said if taxpayers are paying for education it’s public education.But there’s much disagreement with this statement. Most Floridians believe tax payers money is should be allocated for basically funding public school education.The concern escalates as it’s believed Desantis will attempt to influence Republicans in the Florida Legislature to increase state funding of vouchers and scholarships for students to attend private schools. If such a law is passed it would mean millions of dollars usually appropriated for public school education would go to private schools.It’s the right, of course, of parents to choose the best method of education for their children whether it’s private schools, home schooling, or public schools.Public education no longer inferior educationLong gone are the days in America where public-school education was regarded as an inferior form of education. Thanks to visionary, dedicated, hardworking elected officials and school superintendents, public schools in Florida has improved through Kindergarten to high school, and are no longer stigmatized as institutions for educating students from less privileged, low-income families. Children from every race, social and economic class, are attending public schools, and more students have been successfully graduating to either join the state’s work force or advance to colleges.Still, public education isn’t mandatory. Irrespective of the positives of public schools, parents do have the option to send their kids to private or charter schools. It’s just that funds sourced from the public ostensibly to fund public schools shouldn’t be diverted by the state to private schools, most of which already benefit from the elaborate fees they charge. While the Legislature is responsible for the curriculum related to students of all Florida schools, it doesn’t have responsibility for funding private schools where most students are undoubtedly from financially well-off families.Increasing demand for education at public schools As the student population of Florida increases with new residents arriving daily from foreign countries there’s a persistent priority to improve the public school infrastructure, train and hire more teachers, and pay them more. There really is very little budgetary flexibility for diverting public funds from public schools to private schoolsIt’s difficult for some people to understand why if Florida’s public-school system is excelling, with local school superintendents and boards praised regularly for their achievements, are state officials so determined to fund students attendance at private schools. Cannot accept educational segregation People cannot be blamed for thinking the effort to push students into private schools reflect an ideology that perpetuates educational segregation with one type of education preferred for one class of people, over another class. Education must not be subjected to segregation. Like healthcare education is a right, not a privilege of any class.    Learn from the Jamaican experience It would serve the Florida Legislature to learn from the experience of Caribbean countries like Jamaica. During the colonial experience the British pretty much segregated education. Up to the early 1960s’ Jamaica had only a handful of secondary/high schools eligible to receive government funding. These schools were accessible mainly to privileged middle-class families and few students who received government scholarships  The majority of students attend underfunded elementary schools or small business colleges.After independence successive Jamaican governments liberalized public education, creating and funding more high and junior-secondary schools This led to access to sounder education for more Jamaicans. Today the liberalized Jamaica public education system produces graduates from all classes who consistently attain high levels of achievement academically, with several excelling n sports and cultural activities.Staring in the face of Florida legislators is the success of the public-school system. But this success isn’t complete. The demand for public school education grows each year. It would be wrong for the legislature to pass a law that take funds from public schools. While the Legislature should ensure private schools provide sound education,  funds paid by tax payers must be directed to the continued development of public schools which are ironically reducing the demand for being educated at private schools.last_img read more

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Lakers promote Rob Pelinka, extend his contract

first_imgPelinka’s biggest hurdle might have been getting past the criticism of Johnson, who accused him of backstabbing during an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take” back in May. Before he joined the organization as Johnson’s general manager, he was best known as Kobe Bryant’s agent, and critics questioned whether Pelinka had the expertise necessary to run one of the NBA’s storied franchises.After Johnson turned on him, Pelinka had to walk a tricky tightrope of protecting himself while not taking a Laker legend head-on.“These things are surprising to hear and disheartening,” Pelinka said at the time. “But I look forward to the opportunity to talk with him and sit down with him and work through them just like in any relationship. They’re just simply not true. I stand beside him, I stand with him as a colleague, as a partner, I’ve always supported everything he’s done and will continue to.”Pelinka said in July that “anything short of a championship is not success,” and the Lakers have so far hewed to that standard while chasing down a possible No. 1 playoff seed this spring. As of Friday afternoon, they were four games ahead of their nearest Western competition.“Obviously he was under fire when I took the job,” Vogel said. “And a lot of it undeserved. I admire the fact that through all of that, he’s really just stuck to doing the work, committing to the work and making great decisions.”There are still challenges ahead that will define Pelinka’s tenure, namely retaining Davis when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. While he technically turned down a max contract extension earlier this week, it has long been Davis’ intention to enter free agency where he can earn a more lucrative contract, and most NBA observers believe the Lakers are the favorite to re-sign him.There’s one thing that now seems more certain than ever: When the Lakers meet with Davis this summer, Pelinka will be one of the people at the table. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In the wake of Magic Johnson’s abrupt resignation last April, there were pressing questions in the ensuing power vacuum in the Lakers organization. The most urgent one might have been this:What happens to Rob Pelinka?In the nine months since, the Lakers general manager has consolidated power while hiring a head coach, orchestrating the Anthony Davis trade that his predecessor could not and assembling a veteran cast around LeBron James.On Friday afternoon, with the team leading the Western Conference with a 30-7 record, owner Jeanie Buss saw fit to raise Pelinka’s standing within the organization, promoting Pelinka to Vice President, Basketball Operations and General Manager, the Lakers announced. The promotion also comes with a contract extension, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to Southern California News Group.center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhile he’ll serve mainly the same role he has since he joined the franchise in March 2017, the new title and extension are the strongest endorsements he’s received from ownership since he effectively replaced Johnson.“I’m extremely pleased with the work Rob has done in order to put this franchise in a position for success,” Buss said in a statement. “His strong leadership skills, as well as his commitment to building a winning culture, both on and off the court, have brought us one step closer to being a championship-caliber team and I look forward to our continued work together.”Buss has backed Pelinka before, notably saying in June at the red carpet of the NBA awards that she had “100 percent confidence” in him to run basketball operations. But a new contract conveys that confidence more powerfully than words ever could.Pelinka was charged with turning over a basketball team that won just 37 games last season. In May, he hired Coach Frank Vogel in an arduous coaching search, then had to gracefully sidestep scathing comments from Johnson on national TV the day Vogel was set to be introduced. In June, he finally swung for the fences with a trade for Davis that gave up a number of the Lakers’ young players and valued assets. In July, he assembled a team in the wake of an earth-shaking free agency decision by Kawhi Leonard, communicating with Davis and James by phone to get their input.The 2019-20 Lakers have Pelinka’s fingerprints all over them, and so far, it’s been a success. Only the Milwaukee Bucks (33-6), who mostly returned the core of a dominant team last year, have a better record near the season’s halfway point.last_img read more

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OVERTIME

first_imgBILL NEAL :9 Speaking of the Super Bowl:1. You can’t give the ball away 3 times.2. You don’t try 52 yard field goals in the first half with a chump kicker.3. I’ve said it all year, you’ve heard me…the No. 1 defense in the league has to play like the No. 1 defense in the league!!!:8 You still think we can’t support an NBA team? The next time you watch a game, look at the sold out arenas…every one of them.:7 I keep saying it, but nobody’s listening. All the Super Bowl coverage for a month or more on radio, T.V., newspapers, magazines, interviews, web sites, facebook, twitter, all that stuff mannnnnnn…and only three Black voices heard in Western Pa. and that’s for a league that’s 80 percent Black. C’mon Man !!!:6 If the “sky-hook” created by the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (quite possibly the greatest college and pro player of all time) is considered the most unstoppable shot in basketball, why doesn’t every player over 6’9” master it?? (I am talking to you Andrew Bynum).:5 Rayco Saunders, our local Light Heavyweight World Boxing Champion, has just completed his book and it’s the real deal. You better read it or he’s gonna knock you out!:4 If…IF “Mello” goes to L.A., it’s over!:3 Do this and do it now! Everyone reading this, pick up a pen and paper and send a quick note to our champion DeJuan Blair and congratulate him. Tell him how proud you are. (For you City League grads, just go on-line and get the address for the Spurs…HUH?):2 Hey “Raider Bob” the Steelers return to the Bowl next year. Take it to the bank. They’re still hungry.:1 Ulish Carter…Here come my Lakers!DOUBLE OVERTIME:00 A fond farewell to The Champions champion, Chuck Tanner. The Skipper for the “79” Pirates World Champion Team. You were Fam-i-lee !!!GAME OVER :10 OK…OK…OK, I was wrong. I missed one! The only one I missed all year. I said Mubarak would hold the seat and run Egypt and he pulled out. So shoot me why don’t ya? Oh, bad choice of words, my bad. (Wait…you thought I was talking about the Steelers winning the Super Bowl and Pouncey playing…double bad !!)last_img read more

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Local Artist And Author Nikki McClure Demonstrates Her Paper-Cut Art

first_imgFacebook24Tweet0Pin0 People familiar with the work of local artist and author Nikki McClure marvel at her intricate paper-cut designs, created with nothing more than a sheet of paper and a precision blade. How does she do it? McClure will demonstrate her process at the Lacey Timberland Library on Saturday, September 29 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. She will also read from her children’s book “Apple,” which will be available for purchase and signing. The program is for all ages.The book follows the travels of an apple throughout the year. A girl takes an apple from the pile her mother is using for pie, slips it into her school knapsack, and forgets it on the playground. The apple makes its way into the compost and then into the ground, where it sprouts. The bright red of the apple is the only color in the otherwise black-and-white illustrations. A single word complements each illustration, an approach recognizable by those who know McClure’s yearly wall calendars.“The technical ability required to use a single piece of black paper and a pair of scissors to represent intangibles like the movement of air or a reflection on the water is a rare gift; parents and children can spend rewarding time together merely figuring out how McClure…has created positive and negative space,” states Publisher’s Weekly magazine.Earlier this month McClure won a 2012 Washington State Book Award for “To Market, To Market,” her children’s book about farmers markets. McClure lives in Olympia. Her website is www.nikkimcclure.com.The Lacey Timberland Library is located at 500 College Street. For more information, call (360) 491-3860 or go to www.TRL.org. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lacey Timberland Library.last_img read more

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