Step Right Up! Is Taking Fans Behind the Scenes at Side Show

first_img Related Shows The five-part series will kick off on Friday, November 14 with a look back at the history of the cult favorite musical about conjoined showbiz twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. Find out where original director/choreographer Robert Longbottom first got the idea for the show, how composer Henry Krieger and librettist/lyricist Bill Russell shaped the script and what attracted veteran producer Emanuel Azenberg to the project. You’ll also hear memories of the original 1997 Broadway production from stars Alice Ripley, Emily Skinner, Norm Lewis, Jeff McCarthy and Hugh Panaro and see rare photos and video from the show. will offer fans an exclusive inside peek at one of the hottest musicals of the fall with a special new video series, Take Two: The Rebirth of ‘Side Show.’ Side Show opens on November 17 at the St. James Theatre. The second episode of the series, premiering on Monday, November 17, turns the spotlight on acclaimed Hollywood director/screenwriter Bill Condon, who makes his Broadway debut with the new staging of the show. Learn why Condon thinks the show is a ‘major work’ and how he collaborated with Krieger and Russell on this all-new revisal. View Comments In future episodes, Krieger will perform songs from Side Show, offering inside stories about the creation of the popular score with Russell, acclaimed designers David Rockwell (sets), Paul Tazwell (costumes) and Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (lights) will talk about the inspiration behind their work and Emily Padgett and Erin Davie, the powerhouse leading ladies who have taken on the roles of the Hilton sisters for a new generation of theater fans, will welcome our cameras backstage for a visit. Side Show Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img read more

Maryland’s Nuclear Moment

first_imgIt was approximately 1:40 am on January 13, 1964, as the small town of Grantsville, Maryland hunkered down through a winter blizzard, that a B-52 armed with two thermonuclear bombs slammed into nearby Big Savage Mountain.The plane was one of at least a dozen U.S. bombers in the air at all times that flew directly toward Russian air targets before breaking off their routes as part of a Cold War initiative dubbed Operation Chrome Dome. The rationale for Chrome Dome was a simple, grim calculus. In the event of a first-strike nuclear attack by Russia, U.S. bombers would already be in a position to deliver a retaliatory strike as part of an unfolding Armageddon.The plane that hit Big Savage in the mountainous panhandle of western Maryland was returning from Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts to its home at Georgia’s Turner Air Force Base where it could resume its flying missions.The flight was given code name Buzz One Four, and its combined nuclear payload was 1,000 times more destructive than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima during WW II. Due to a known structural flaw, the vertical rear stabilizer snapped off the 156-foot-long bomber in the heavy turbulence accompanying the winter storm and sent it into an uncontrollable spin into the still largely unpopulated mountain region.Bill Richmond, 79, of nearby Lonaconing, Md., remembers hearing what was likely the ditching airplane approaching the mountain. “I was with our baby, about 1:30 or 1:45 in the morning. We had a newborn who was born that December and I was up with him. I heard the plane. It was unusual; it was a real cold night and snowing heavily, not good flying weather,” said Richmond. “And then by the next day, we knew about the crash.”Of the five-member crew, four ejected into a raging winter storm and were probably out of the bomber by the time Richmond recalls hearing it. Of the four, only two survived the sub-zero wind chill and three-foot drifting snows that awaited them when they parachuted into the jutting hills of the countryside.Major Thomas W. McCormick piloted the plane and was the first to emerge safely after navigating his way some two miles through deep snow to a still-standing farmhouse on State Route 40, just east of Grantsville.Co-pilot Captain Parker “Mack” Peedin, the only other survivor, was rescued several miles to the south of McCormick. Peedin took elements of his parachute and erected a makeshift tent. The tent had as its base an inverted life raft that provided life-saving air insulation between him and the snow.The remainder of the crew perished. Major Robert J. Townley, the radar bombardier, died upon impact at the crash site. His death, while tragic, proved mercifully quicker than those of Major Robert Payne and Sergeant Melvin Wooten, as they landed in the snow-blinded folds of the Appalachians that pass vertically through the state’s panhandle.Gerry Beachy of the Grantsville Community Museum, and a former mayor of the town, was 16 at the time of the crash and recalls the ensuing days vividly.Dozens of citizens that included Beachy were assembled to help locate the downed fliers or their bodies. “We formed a line on the hillside along with the military. The snow was still blanketing the trees,” said Beachy, 64. “We walked along, and if we saw something under the snow—a large rock or something—we’d check it out and make sure it wasn’t a flier.”“No one found anything that day. Wooten was over in Salisbury, and that’s who we were really looking for,” said Beachy. “McCormick came out first; Peedin came out the second day. At the crash site they found Townley,” said Beachy.Wooten was the first to evacuate the plane, based on his northernmost landing point. He set down in Salisbury, Pennsylvania, several miles north of Grantsville up Route 216, a small town along the banks of the Casselman River. Although he escaped the crashing bomber, Wooten was severely injured in the process, shattering his left thigh and gashing his head, chest, and hands. He was found on the embankment of the river, partially frozen by its waters.In December I walked along the Casselman in Salisbury. Fifty years removed from the incident, it remains a decidedly small place, but as I strode along its muddy banks to the spot where Wooten perished, houses that predated 1964 are achingly near at hand.Viewing Wooten’s small memorial, you’re also looking a half-mile east to the main of Salisbury. It’s not difficult to picture the injured sergeant seeing lights from the same, but tragically unable to know that the partially frozen river was between him and the town.Separate search efforts were underway that ultimately led to Payne. His parachute was spotted late on Monday and a small group of (by Beachy’s estimate) seven civilians assembled and dispatched into the thick forest in its direction.Payne had parachuted into the depths of New Germany State Park. “As he landed, part of his chute got stuck in a tree, and he cut himself free,” said Beachy. Payne was tragically unprepared for the elements, having dressed in his summer aviator’s suit prior to the hastily scheduled flight.“He walked about a half-mile to a grove of trees—perhaps looking for dry wood for a fire.”Payne managed to cross the stream several times while remaining dry. Ultimately his body succumbed to the extreme temperatures. He was found by searchers in a crouched position next to Poplar Lick Run, frozen in place. Temperature estimates range from 10 above to 10 below zero at the time of the crash.“If he’d gone 100 yards in another direction, he would have found a road, and he would have found a house. He might have survived,” said Beachy.As I walked through the New Germany State Park to where Payne was recovered, the forest is thick with river birch, black gum, red maple, and rhododendron. Even without standing snow, harrowing winds and nightfall, I’m able to—on a basic level—see the difficulty of traversing this area even in ideal conditions.Several of the search party that recovered Payne’s body fell into Poplar Lick in the effort. “They made a makeshift stretcher out of two saplings and a blanket and put him on it. They tried to keep him on the blanket,” said Beachy. “There were no roads or anything there—they just had to walk down through the woods, and they knew to walk toward Savage River Road.”Payne’s body kept falling off the stretcher, so they would stop frequently to place him back on and to warm themselves. “They almost died—if you consider the temperatures and conditions walking through the woods.”The military attempted to work their way back to the rescue group with road-clearing equipment, but due to the depth of the snow couldn’t get far from an impromptu base at Savage River Road.The citizens worked through it all, despite uncertainties about a nuclear payload that, if detonated, would have removed the entire region from the map in a cataclysmic nightmare. One night during the week following the crash, the Lutheran Church Women of St. John’s served 1,500 dinners of roasted chicken, baked ham, mashed potatoes, gravy and corn to rescue workers and the military. They repeated the effort the next night.The Air Force assured the civilians that there was no threat of detonation from the bombs. In the throes of a Cold War, however, military assurances could sometimes hew more closely to a manageable narrative than the untoward realities of a given situation.The 28th Ordnance Team was scrambled from Maryland’s Fort Meade to secure the bombs, and made its way west as the elements permitted. Ultimately, it was area residents who removed the two bombs directly from the crash site. Ray Giconi, who ran the local quarry, assembled a group of citizens and hoisted the nuclear payload onto two dump trucks that he owned.Showing the sensibilities innate to the residents of a region where nature still holds dominant sway, he stopped by a nearby state boy’s camp and lined the trucks with mattresses for good measure.last_img read more

NAFCU active this week as NCUA Board meets, House committee talks tax reform

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » NAFCU is heavily engaged with regulators and lawmakers this week as the NCUA Board prepares for discussion of the proposed closure of the Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund (TCCUSF) and the House Small Business Committee gets ready for a hearing on small business tax reform.Also this week: The association is also offering a free webcast with information on how credit unions can recover from the Equifax data breach.The TCCUSF closure proposal is slated for discussion Thursday during the NCUA Board’s open meeting. While NAFCU respects the work the NCUA has done on its proposal to close the TCCUSF, NAFCU members are opposed to it because they want a full refund – instead of the much smaller portion that is being proposed.The NCUA’s proposal would close the TCCUSF, merge the fund’s assets and liabilities into the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) and increase the NCUSIF’s normal operating level from 1.3 percent to 1.39 percent – the highest level in the fund’s history. NAFCU is heeding its members’ concerns, and it will continue to advocate for a full TCCUSF refund on behalf of all credit unions.last_img read more

Experts debate whether a flu pandemic could be stopped

first_imgJan 26, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The idea of stopping an emerging influenza pandemic would have seemed ridiculous until a few years ago, but today the world just might have a chance to do that, according to two flu experts who published opinion pieces this week.The World Health Organization (WHO) and many others have been warning frequently that the H5N1 avian influenza virus circulating in Southeast Asia could launch a human flu pandemic. The virus has infected more than 50 people in Vietnam and Thailand and killed most of them, but it has not yet found a way to spread easily from person to person.Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO’s global influenza program, says the virus could acquire this ability suddenly by mixing with a human-adapted flu virus. Alternatively, he speculates, the virus might develop this ability more gradually by incrementally adapting to human hosts.If the latter happens and is detected, Stohr writes, “Its detection could open an opportunity to intervene with antiviral drugs or a vaccine and thus forestall international spread or even eliminate a virus with low transmissibility.”Though it is an attractive option, no attempt has ever been made to interrupt the transmission of an influenza virus; the results of such an enormous and costly undertaking remain uncertain. The option deserves further investigation, however, particularly when viewed against the profound effect a delay in global spread and a flattening of the peak in disease prevalence could have during the initial phase of a pandemic.”One potential way to arrest an emerging flu pandemic would be to quickly treat patients and their contacts with the antiviral drug oseltamivir, which is known to inhibit H5N1 viruses, according to Arnold S. Monto, MD, professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.In a separate commentary piece in NEJM, Monto writes, “It might be possible to achieve local control of an incipient outbreak among humans by using oseltamivir for prophylaxis in the contacts of patients as well as for treatment in the infected persons themselves. Treatment of patients alone would not prevent further spread, but it might reduce the shedding of the virus and would, in any event, be required for ethical reasons.”Both Stohr and Monto acknowledge that such an effort would face big obstacles. “A mobile stockpile of the drug would have to exist and be made available in the affected country,” writes Monto. A number of developed countries are already stockpiling oseltamivir against the threat of a pandemic. Hence, stockpiling the drug in countries now affected by avian flu could require diverting supplies from other national stockpiles. “However, this diversion must happen,” he states.Monto adds that the idea of trying to stop a pandemic at its source “would have been considered laughable just a few years ago—but that was before SARS [severe acute respiratory syndrome] transmission was controlled by public health measures.” Though no effective treatment for SARS has yet been developed, the disease was controlled through such standard measures as isolating patients, quarantining exposed people, and screening travelers.But heading off an H5N1 flu pandemic with vaccination and antiviral drugs probably isn’t possible at this point, in the view of infectious disease authority Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH.It takes days to confirm a case of H5N1 avian flu, and treating the patient and his or her contacts with oseltamivir during that time would be a needless use of the drug if the illness turned out to be something else, he told CIDRAP News. “You wouldn’t want to use oseltamivir for everyone coming in with a flu-like illness, because you would quickly exhaust the world supply,” he said.Osterholm, who is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of this Web site, expressed doubt about the practicability of finding and treating the contacts of case-patients in time to stop transmission of H5N1. “I think the movement of humans today is so dynamic that we have a very leaky system,” he said.As for immunization, some H5N1 vaccines are under development, but no one knows whether they would work against an emerging pandemic strain, he said. “We don’t have a pandemic strain of vaccine yet, and we don’t have any idea whether any of the vaccines to date would be efficacious.”Osterholm said he currently knows of no other practical ways to stave off a flu pandemic, should the H5N1 virus soon become capable of spreading. “Once we have sustained transmission in humans, all the science, experience, and my gut tell me we’re going to be dealing with a worldwide pandemic,” he said. He suggested that leaders should focus on finding ways to keep governments operating and protect infrastructures in the face of a pandemic.Stohr writes that it is a mystery why the H5N1 virus hasn’t already evolved into a pandemic form by “reassorting” with human flu viruses, given the large numbers of Asian poultry workers and healthcare workers already exposed to it. He says the explanation could be sheer luck, or it could be “that reassortment has occurred but has resulted in viruses that are not viable, not pathogenic, or not more easily transmitted among humans than H5N1 already is.”The only way to answer the question is to produce reassortment in a secure laboratory, and one laboratory is doing that, Stohr writes. He doesn’t name the lab, but the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently revealed that it would conduct reassortment experiments. Stohr’s article says this research may not be completed before the end of this year.See also:Stohr K. Avian influenza and pandemics—research needs and opportunities. N Engl J Med 2005;352(4):405-7 AS. The threat of an avian influenza pandemic. N Engl J Med 2005;352(4):323-5 News story, “CDC to mix avian, human flu viruses in pandemic study” read more

Industrial: Flight of the Osprey

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro removes mask in public after coronavirus recovery

first_imgBrazil has the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world outside of the United States and Bolsonaro has been criticized for minimizing the severity of the disease and doing little to curb its spread as deaths mount.Standing outside the Alvorada Palace, the Brazilian president’s official residence, Bolsonaro removed his mask after supporters asked that he take it off so they could snap pictures and selfies with him.Initially, Bolsonaro said he would not take his mask off because he would end up “on the frontpage of tomorrow’s newspapers” if he did, but ended up doing so for brief periods of time in response to supporters.The Brazilian Press Association filed a criminal complaint against Bolsonaro earlier this month because he took off his mask in the presence of reporters just as he announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus. The group alleges Bolsonaro endangered the health of those present at the news conference.On Monday, Brazil reported a total of 2,442,375 confirmed coronavirus cases and 87,618 deaths. New cases totaled 23,384, while there were 614 new deaths.  Topics : Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday took off his mask in public as he greeted supporters in Brasilia, days after saying he had recovered from the coronavirus, which he said had not had a serious impact on his health.The right-wing leader tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month and went into quarantine at his residence, but said on Saturday that his latest test had come back negative.”I didn’t have any problems,” Bolsonaro said on Monday. “For people who have prior health problems and are of a certain age, anything can be dangerous.”last_img read more

Warning over unit values coming in under contract price

first_imgThe very high level of unit supply has flared concerns over settlement risk. Picture: Liam Kidston.MORE than 40 per cent of off the plan settlement valuations for units were coming in under contract price, new research has warned.The risk capitals where this was occurring were Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, where unprecedented levels of unit supply in the inner city had exacerbated risks for buyers, according to CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless.”Metadata flowing across CoreLogic valuation platforms is showing more than 40 per cent of off-the-plan settlement valuations are coming in under contract price across the Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth unit sectors,” he said. “While the large majority of these ‘under valuations’ are not showing a significant gap between the contract price and settlement valuation, more significant differences can be seen in some projects and precincts.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoMr Lawless warned that the risk of buyers receiving a finance shock had heightened.“Buyers who receive a valuation lower than the original contract price will generally require a larger than expected deposit in order to meet the loan to valuation ratio required by the lender.” chief economist Nerida Conisbee said unit supply was at a very high level, with Brisbane seeing 10,000 come on-stream over 18 months while Melbourne was seeing 18,000 in the same period.“That, in itself, isn’t a problem,” she said. “The problem is when people start defaulting on apartments and when that becomes a bit of a flood as multiple people decide to walk away from their units.”Ms Conisbee said Brisbane was in a better position than Melbourne, given it had already turned the corner.“One of the good things for Brisbane is that the pipeline of supply coming beyond this year is pretty low so that’s good news for Brisbane. My concern is for Melbourne which continues to see more units in the pipeline, that’s a worry.”The comments come as the latest CoreLogic Home Value Index, released Wednesday, saw capital city dwelling values rise 0.7 per cent in January led by Hobart (1.4 per cent), Sydney (1 per cent), Melbourne (0.8 per cent). Brisbane saw the second lowest rise at 0.1 per cent with Darwin the only capital in negative territory (-1.7 per cent).last_img read more

US polls: Biden revives White House hopes with big South Carolina win

first_imgWASHINGTON – Former vice president JoeBiden notched up a resounding win in the South Carolina primary on Saturday,reviving his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination andpositioning him as the leading rival to frontrunner Bernie Sanders. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden celebrates his victory in the South Carolina primary. GETTY IMAGES/AFP “You’ve launched our campaign on the pathto defeating Donald Trump,” he said. (AFP) “Just days ago the press and the punditshad declared this candidacy dead,” Biden told hundreds of supporters at avictory rally in the South Carolina capital Columbia. The victory, powered by support fromAfrican-American voters, was the 77-year-old Biden’s first in the race and maygive him momentum going into “Super Tuesday” next week, when 14 states go tothe polls.last_img read more

Daughter’s draw puts Smith in right spot to win Empire State Series feature at Skyline

first_imgCORTLAND, N.Y. (Sept. 20) – Gary Smith told daughter Danielle before she drew for him that he’d like to start Saturday’s Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series feature on the front row, and preferably on the outside. Danielle obliged and Smith promptly led all 25 laps in winning for the first time of his career in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified tour at Skyline Raceway. The checkers were good for $400. Keith Lamphere challenged but had to settle for second as Smith stayed strong following a multitude of restarts. Running the high side right to the last lap, Smith switched to the bottom line when the race ended green, white, checkered.Teammate James Cornell, Jared Spaulding and Gary Roberts completed the top five finishers in the Turbo Blue Championship Weekend show. Cornell took over the series point lead; Spalding had made a last-minute decision to race at Skyline and ended up fourth.“I was happy that James finished third,” Smith said after becoming the fifth different winner in as many Empire State Series events so far in 2014. “We both had good runs.”Twenty-eight Modifieds were entered at Skyline, the most for a series event this season.Feature results – 1. Gary Smith; 2. Keith Lamphere; 3. James Cornell; 4. Jared Spaulding; 5. Gary Roberts; 6. Kurt Decker; 7. Dan Ellis; 8. Matt Cole; 9. Rich Keller; 10. Mike Stoddard; 11. Bob Maynard; 12. Josh Ames; 13. Brandon Smith; 14. J.J. Courcy; 15. Ken Buck; 16. Doug McKane; 17. Tyler Stoddard; 18. Jason Amidon; 19. Will Ward; 20. Dan Searls; 21. Bumps Scutt; 22. Bernie Baker; 23. Ray McClure; 24. Chris Fleming.last_img read more

Chelsea’s Pedro undergoes surgery for shoulder injury

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start Chelsea’s Spanish winger Pedro has had surgery, following a shoulder injury he sustained during Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat by Arsenal.Pedro had replaced forward Christian Pulisic in the game, which Chelsea lost 2-1, after the American, who scored in the first half, pulled up with a hamstring problem. “The surgery went well, I will be back soon. It was a pity not to win the FA Cup. Thank you all for your support,” the 33-year-old Pedro said on Instagram on Tuesday.Pedro, whose Chelsea deal expires at the end of the month, has reportedly agreed a move to Italian Serie A side AS Roma on a free transfer.Reuters/NAN.Tags: ChelseaChristian PulisicPedrolast_img read more