January 18

Lessons of the Week! Aaron Tveit, Sierra Boggess & More

first_img View Comments After an exhausting, frustrating and grueling week at work, we think you deserve a treat. No, not peanut butter cups. You really think we’re going to give you our peanut butter cups? Yeah right. It’s the Lessons of the Week! We’re digging up the wildest, craziest and strangest stuff that’s happened in the last seven days and arranged them all here for your convenience (and hopefully, your amusement). Ready? Check ’em out below!Audra McDonald Is the Real Slim ShadyLady Day star Audra McDonald is so many things: Six-time Tony winner, mom and First Lady of Eggfartopia, just to name a few. But on The Tonight Show, the star revealed her true identity—“slicka slicka Slim Shady.” Well, this is unexpected. Will the real Audra McD please stand up?Mary Poppins Wants a F*cking RaiseThe beloved nanny is practically perfect, but there is one thing she’s lacking—a decent wage. In a hilarious Funny or Die video, Kristen Bell takes a stand and proves she should play Marian in the Music Man telecast in one fell swoop. (Bonus: No sloths were harmed in the making of this video.)Zach Braff Had a Cats & Les Miz-vahHe always seemed so smooth when he lived in L.A., but now that he’s on Broadway, Zach Braff is embracing his nerdy side. The Bullets Over Broadway star confessed he had a theater-themed bar mitzvah complete with table-dancing Jellicle Cats and Les Miz revolutionaries. That sounds nothing like our last birthday party.Patti LuPone Wants to Play BluegrassTony winner Patti LuPone is singing a selection of torch songs at her 54 Below concerts, but she admitted to Broadway.com that she really wishes she was doing an evening of bluegrass tunes. Darn it, Patti, if only we knew a bluegrass-obsessed Broadway star who could show you the ropes. Oh well.Constantine Will NOT Stop Believin’If you were under the impression that for one second, Constantine Maroulis would stop believin’, you are dead wrong. He absolutely will not. The American Idol alum is reprising the Tony-nominated role of Drew on Broadway, where he’ll be shredding the guitar, wailing and sipping wine coolers once more. Rad.There’s a Christine Daae Secret SocietyWe knew there was a lot of creepy stuff going on in the catacombs of the Majestic Theatre (apparently the Red Death has been making dressing room visits), but we had no idea top-secret meetings of The Christine Daae Club were a regular occurrence. If you wanna sneak in, their secret handshake is a high E.The If/Then Cast Has Too Many Snacks It’s super nice of all you If/Then fans to keep James Snyder, Idina Menzel and co. showered in endless goodies all the time, but don’t you think they have enough Goldfish, kettle chips and Jo-Jos already? Seriously, they told us, they’re sick of them. Please re-route all of those delicious treats c/o Broadway.com, 729 7th Ave. New York, NY 10019.Jamie & Cathy Are Finally Getting HitchedGuys, we’re finally invited to the wedding of Cathy Hiatt and Jamie Wellerstein! Yaaay! The new movie adaptation of The Last Five Years, starring Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick, will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this fall. Oh, and quasi-spoiler-alert? You’re also invited to their subsequent divorce. Bring tissues.Aaron Tveit Is Looking For Love (Kinda)Well, ladies, the time has finally come: Aaron Tveit is officially single and ready to mingle. And he wants to date you. Yes, you, sitting at your computer…in his new movie Stereotypically You! OK, that was a cruel trick, but everyone’s a winner when Tveit’s on the big screen. Especially if he wears these.Lesli Margherita’s Farts Get PartsMatilda star Lesli Margherita didn’t get her first big role in Annie by doing a killer version of “Tomorrow.” Nope, the director spotted her making fart noises with her legs on a leather couch and instantly knew she was the gal for the job. Wait, that’s what a casting couch is? Damn, we’ve been doing it wrong. Star Filescenter_img Sierra Boggesslast_img read more

December 30

The Moment: Comeback Kid

first_imgFast Ascent: After losing his legs in Iraq, Calhoun rehabilitated himself on the slopes. he’s now a member of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team.The journey of Heath Calhoun started simply in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. After growing up in the small coalfields town of Grundy, Va., Calhoun decided to follow a family path and enlist in the U.S. Army. His life changed forever, though, in 2003, when he was serving in Iraq and a rocket-propelled grenade struck his convoy’s truck. His injuries were so severe that both of his legs had to be amputated.Upon returning home for intensive rehabilitation, Calhoun immediately found solace in sports. In 2005 he hand-cycled 4,200 miles across the country to raise funds and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.  He also excelled on the slopes. After taking part in a ski clinic in Colorado, it was apparent that Calhoun had a knack for adaptive mono-skiing, so apparent that coaches encouraged him to train seriously for competitive racing. In 2009, he placed first in the super G category of the U.S. Adaptive Alpine National Championships, and the next year Calhoun earned a spot on the U.S. Alpine Skiing Team at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver. Now, in a remarkable twist of fate, this native of small town Appalachia has become a full-time professional ski racer, traveling around the world with the U.S. team for training and competition. While it’s not easy for this father of three to be away from his current home in Tennessee, he’s focused on chasing a dream that will hopefully lead to a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. “Soon after I was hit in 2003 and came back home from Iraq, I was taken to Colorado as part of my rehabilitation. One of the first things I did was try skiing, and I picked it up quickly. It was a freeing experience for me. At first, being in a wheelchair without limbs, I was having a really difficult time getting around. As soon as I was strapped into the mono-ski and got onto the mountain, I could go anywhere anyone else could go. Whether it was the actual runs or the chairlift, I no longer had to look for the handicap accessible lane. Being on a level playing field was something that I hadn’t experienced since losing my legs. From that point on, it’s all I wanted to do.A defining moment for me was carrying the United States flag at the 2010 Paralympics. I felt a tremendous amount of respect to once again be able to carry the nation’s flag, and the feeling was heightened knowing that the rest of the U.S. team voted to have me carry it. It brought me back full circle.A typical day for me now involves waking up and hitting the slopes for three to four hours of skiing. Then I grab some lunch, and head to the gym for the rest of the day. That’s my schedule at least five days a week.It’s amazing to be racing on a world level. Before getting hit in Iraq, I had only skied a few times in my life. I constantly think about how amazing it is that I am now on the world stage in this sport. It still feels odd being a Southern skier. Most of the other guys on the team grew up skiing out West, so I’ve had to learn every aspect of the sport in a short amount of time.I currently call Clarksville, Tenn., home, but I travel all over the world, learning about it in a way that would have never been previously possible.I don’t get to see my kids as much as I want, and as much as they want. I make sure the time that I have with them is quality. But I believe pursuing professional skiing is important because it sets an example for them. They’ve watched me overcome something traumatic and turn it into something positive. They were with me in Vancouver in 2010, and they’re planning to go to Sochi. It’s not too often in life that you’re able to give your kids this type of experience.The buzz for me definitely comes from the speed and adrenaline, but I am in this for the long haul. There’s nothing quite like finishing a run, passing through the corral, and turning around in anticipation to check your time and see how you did. That’s an incredible feeling for me. The goal is to keep getting better, and that comes from constant practice. I am competing against people that have been doing this a lot longer than me, so I have to keep working hard. This sport has given me a reason to try again.”last_img read more

December 20

Bachelet Warns That Rebuilding Will Last Through Piñera’s Entire Term

first_img “I’m emotionally affected, because the country didn’t deserve this,” the president confessed to the broadcaster ADN, her voice faltering, after falling silent for several seconds while describing the desolate scene she found on traveling to the affected regions immediately after the disaster. For this reason, she said that an investigation needs to be opened into the reasons why a tsunami warning was not issued in time. “Chile has to have confidence; we are in a position to move forward,” Bachelet affirmed, admitting – nevertheless – that “it’s going to take time.” The president considered unacceptable the failure of the alarm system set up to warn of the risk of ‘sea-quakes,’ a phenomenon that followed Saturday’s earthquake and flattened numerous coastal towns. By Dialogo March 05, 2010 “Practically all of the next administration” will have to be dedicated to responding to the emergency and the rebuilding of the broad region affected by the earthquake, which has left 802 dead and an undetermined number of injured among its two million victims. The president announced that she and the ministers responsible for the agencies most directly involved in responding to the humanitarian emergency will meet on Thursday with President-Elect Sebastián Piñera, who will take office on the 11th. The rebuilding of Chile following the disastrous earthquake that devastated the center and south of the country early Saturday will last for practically the entire four years that Sebastián Piñera will be in charge, Chilean president Michelle Bachelet affirmed today. last_img read more

December 20

South Americans Dominate Equestrian Event

first_img The South Americans dominated the medal podium in the equestrian event. On Tuesday, Chile won its first gold medal in the 5th Military World Games with their sets. Brazil placed second, and Uruguay came in third to complete the podium trifecta in the first medal event which was the jumping category. Unlike in professional competitions, riders at the Military Games are not allowed to bring their own horses. They receive their horse from the host nation in a random drawing prior to the start of the Games. Thus, the athletes must learn to tame the horses during the competition, making the race even more challenging. The Chileans were the ones who managed to do it better than anyone else. Colonel Oscar Coddou, Lt. Col. Max Piraino and Captains Rene Zuniga and Eduardo Clavel comprised the winning team. The four are also preparing to compete in the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, which will take place from October 14 to 30. “Our preparation coincided with that of the Pan American Games in Guadalajara. We made several selections in Chile to get the team to come here,” said Colonel Oscar Coddou, who at 56 years old is one of the most experienced equestrian athletes. “For our team here, we decided to blend youth and experience,” he added. In the Brazilian team, which won the silver, there is one woman: Sergeant Luiza Almeida. She was happy with the outcome, taking into account that in equestrian, male and female riders compete together, without distinction by gender. “It’s an honor to win this. It was also a way to show that women can also compete at this level,” said Almeida, who finished the day leading in individual dressage. Final results will be known on Thursday, July 21. By Dialogo July 20, 2011last_img read more

December 18

Elmont Teen Accused of Impersonating Police

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Andrew SchreierA teenager has been accused of flashing a badge and what appeared to be a handgun at another driver while impersonating a police officer during a road-rage confrontation in Elmont on Monday afternoon.Nassau County police said Andrew Schreier was driving on Elmont Road when he pulled alongside a vehicle driven by a 29-year-old man, rolled his window down and flashed a gold badge at 3 p.m.“I’m a cop, and I’ll give you tickets,” the 19-year-old Elmont man allegedly yelled at the victim before pointing the weapon at the other driver and the victim’s 47-year-old passenger, according to police.The victims called 911, followed Schreier into a dead end and led responding officers to him with the help of a neighbor, police said.Schreier was found to have glass bottle in his shoe that contained a substance believed to be MDMA, the active intoxicant in the club drug ecstasy.The gun that he allegedly menaced the victims with turned out to be a black airsoft pistol, which investigators also recovered, police said. The badge he flashed was from the U.S. Postal Police, Nassau police said.The teen was also in possession of a forged New Jersey license, a forged Department of Homeland Security photo identification and two Federation of Postal Police photo IDs, police said.Schreier was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, forgery, criminal impersonation, menacing and possession of a dangerous weapon. He will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

September 28

‘Like a theme park’: Inside mega trophy mansion

first_img The point position affords sweeping views over Grand Canal.Beyond the boundary of trees and water lies a tennis court, manicured gardens and central resort-style pool where cocktail parties were once the norm. Chefs were also kept busy inside the commercial kitchen while a wet bar off the grand living room, a wine cellar and Hollywood cinema made entertaining easy. The main living room is bordered by gilt columns.A superyacht named Big Boss was moored on the deepwater harbour at the back while a limousine deposited residents and guests at an imposing front foyer.Double doors opened to reveal towering gilt columns, decorative dome ceilings and a sweeping ornate staircase inspired by Mediterranean architecture of the time.“You know you’re walking into something special,” said agent Mark Carew, who recalls the days when the house was first completed 16 years ago.“There was a full-time gardener, cleaners and cooks, the entire place was immaculate.” There’s a lot to take in for prospective buyers.The property is open for inspections Saturday and Sunday from noon until 1pm ahead of the auction on Saturday August 8 at 1.30pm. Mark Carew is leading the campaign alongside Nikki Dunlop of Professionals Vertullo Real Estate. A maroon colour theme adds a touch of olde worlde glamour to the Hollywood cinema.But for a house with so much space, it may come as a surprise to learn there are only four bedrooms and one living room.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“There is plenty of potential to redesign or renovate the home to suit your own needs,” Mr Carew said. “The tennis court could easily be converted to a 12-car basement garage or you could utilise the existing set up for weddings or functions.” The resort-style pool is a central feature of the property.That capacity will be tested next weekend when up to 300 people are expected to attend the auction which could see a new Hope Island record if sold under the hammer.“It will be one of the biggest auctions on the Gold Coast this year,” Mr Carew said. A sweeping staircase provides an invitation to explore the upper level.Currently unoccupied, the gates have been opened for the first time in the property’s 18-year history before the Chinese owners offer it up for auction next month.More than 100 hundred people turned out for the first open inspection, with many returning the following weekend to take it all in.“It’s a bit like going to a theme park, you can’t see it all in one day,” Mr Carew quipped. “It’s generated a lot of interest as you can’t see the house from the street, it’s so private.” The Mediterranean-style mansion 1525 Riverdale Dr, Hope Island.When the masterpiece known as Harbour Point first emerged on a stunning peninsula site in the exclusive Hope Island Resort, it was grand in every way.Occupying almost 5000 sqm across 11 titles at 1525 Riverdale Dr, the 1800 sqm trophy mansion boasted the largest residential presence within the Rosebank Gardens Estate.last_img read more

September 26

Toure: Last World Cup produced the best-attacking midfielders

first_imgFormer Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has hailed the creative players at this summer’s World Cup. “I explain. I am happy to have been able to find players who cannot always express themselves freely and are loved when at the top of their artistic performance. To watch when I was a child. You know, those who were observed caress the ball delicately. With them, it seems that everything is always easy, even impossible. “We saw that the players who stood out the most were not those who, as before, only made differences with scoring. Of course, a Messi or a Neymar are also extraordinary finishers. Read Also:Yaya Toure nears Botafogo move “But those that I appreciated during this World Cup are Hazard, Modric, De Bruyne, Golovin and Coutinho, they often used their silk technique for collective purposes.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldA Runner Uses Strava App To Create Amazing Pieces Of Running ArtThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniversePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value Loading… The Ivorian wrote for France Football about how much he was impressed by the quality of the attackers in Russia. Toure opined: “This World Cup has been a true change of image for me.Advertisementlast_img read more

September 23

MSD back on board in decal program for IMCA Stock Cars

first_imgEL PASO, Texas – MSD returns to the national decal program for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, in its 13th season as a marketing partner with the sanctioning body.The El Paso, Texas, manufacturer and distributor became part of that program in 2015 and again gives $100 product certificates to top 10 drivers in final standings for the Northern and Southern regions.Purchased last September by the Holley family of companies, MSD also continues a contingency awards program benefitting five divisions and the Deery Brothers Summer Series.“IMCA racers are key to MSD’s continued growth and MSD believes in investing in IMCA. We do this by rewarding these racers who work all week to race on the weekend with a lucrative contingency program,” said MSD President Russell Stephens. “The Holley/MSD family of products are present on nearly every IMCA race car and the contingency program is a way for us to say thank you to the racers. Good luck all the IMCA racers as they kick off the 2016 race season.”Top eligible drivers in each of the five Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified regions receive 6AL ignition control boxes and Blaster HVC coils; the runner-up gets a control box while third and fourth place drivers get universal spark plug wire sets and the fifth place driver receives a Blaster HVC coil.The top drivers in each Stock Car regions get Ultimate HEI kits and a universal spark plug wire set. Runners-up receive a HEI module and the third place finishers get universal spark plug wire sets.An 8728 Soft Touch rev control goes to the top eligible driver in the national Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods standings. Universal spark plug wire sets go to second and third place drivers in both divisions.The top three eligible drivers in national point standings for IMCA Late Models and in Deery Series standings receive a digital 6AL ignition control box, spark plug wire set and Blaster HVC coil, and universal plug wire set, respectively.Awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning in December.Drivers in all five divisions must compete with MSD products and display two MSD decals on their race car.Modified, Stock Car and SportMod drivers must complete and send sign-up forms to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1. Decal placement is also required for Stock Car drivers to be eligible for national and regional point fund shares.Information about MSD products is available by calling 915 855-7123 and at the www.msdperformance.com website.“MSD continues to lead the way in ignition products and accessories and despite the shift in leadership, they remain true in their support of IMCA racing in 2016,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Our members will receive the same great parts and service they have come to expect with the MSD product line.”last_img read more

September 23

Anna Lou Bowers

first_imgAnna Lou Bowers, 87, of Lexington, Tennessee, formerly of Milan, Indiana, passed away Saturday June 22, 2019 in Lexington, Tennessee.She was born April 4, 1932 in Decatur County, IN, daughter of the late Martin Kessler and Alma (Walton) Kessler.Anna was an owner/operator for Annabelle’s Treasures Flower Shop. She drove a school bus for Milan schools for 12 years and had a newspaper route for the Enquirer for several years. Anna rehabbed and sold several houses and refinished furniture. She loved to hike and travel.Anna is survived by her children, John E. Bowers of Boise, Idaho, Pamela Cook of Lexington, TN, Patricia Milburn of Lexington, TN. and step daughter, Carol Ann Morton of Brookville, IN; sisters, Ella Ruth Tunny of Napoleon, IN, Linda Jo Kessler of Westport, IN; 8 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by parents; husband, Charles M. Bowers, step-son, Andrew Bowers, grandaughter, Michelle Skinner.Friends will be received Saturday, July 20, 2019, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Hope Baptist Church, 15593 US 50, Dillsboro, Indiana.Services will be held at the church at 2:00 pm with Pastor Tom Holt officiating.Interment will follow in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Moores Hill, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Hope Baptist Church. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

September 23

Mary Ellen (Hayes) Ashley – Brookville

first_imgMary Ellen (Hayes) Ashley was born June 5, 1925, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Chester and Manola Welcome Hayes.  Mary was wed to the late John H. Ashley, Sr., on June 16, 1945.  Mary will be remembered by many as the head cook for the Brookville schools from the early 1960’s until the 1990’s.  She enjoyed her many hours preparing meals from scratch for thousands of students.  She also donated her time and talents to the town of Brookville, cooking for many church and community suppers.  In her spare time, Mary enjoyed playing her Wurlitzer organ, singing with her family, and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  One of Mary’s greatest pleasures was sharing stories of her time growing up through the 1920’s and 30’s. Her most memorable story was of her employment at the Wright Aeronautical Company in Cincinnati, where she assisted in the testing of engines for the Boeing B-17 and B-19 bombers during World War II.  She was truly a real life Rosie the Riveter and proud of it. Mary peacefully joined her departed loved ones on Thursday, December 19, 2019.Mary is survived by her children, John H. (Emma) Ashley, Jr., and Connie J. Lang; grandchildren, Denise (Brad) Stacy, Kim (Clark Sherwood) Lang, Tereasa Lang, Rick (Melissa) Lang, Tara (Dan) Ball, and James (Christina) Ashley; 15 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandson.  Mary is also survived by her sisters, Marjorie Braswell and Joann (Bob) Dews.  Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John; three sisters; five brothers; and son-in-law; David Chaddon.Per Mary’s wishes, a private service will be held by the family at a later date.  Memorial donations may be directed to the Brookville United Methodist Church.last_img read more