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Here's the latest for Friday October 22nd: Prop gun discharged, killing woman on New Mexico movie set; House votes to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress; CDC endorses COVID-19 booster shots; Storm damage in Pittsburgh.      
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‘West Side Story’ cast on Stephen Sondheim’s impact and giving his ‘blessing’ for new film
Rachel Zegler, Rita Morena, and Justin Peck reflected on working with Sondheim at the film's premiere. The musical theater legend died just days shy of the premiere.  
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Netflix’s ‘Blue Period’ is a Dynamic Dream For All Art Lovers
If you're looking for a title that's both thought-provoking and visually stimulating, then this is the show for you.
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KN95 vs. N95 masks: Experts explain the differences
The bottom line: wear a mask. However, with so many to choose from, which one should you wear?
'The Ingraham Angle' on the Biden booster club and Omicron variant
Guests: Jay Bhattacharya, Houman Hemmati, Tom Cotton, Raymond Arroyo, DineshT D'Souza, Victor Davis Hanson, Larry Kudlow
200,000-year-old remains of close relative to modern humans found in Siberian cave
Scientists have found 200,000 year old remains of a close relative to the modern human known as the Denisovans.
Dealer who distributed pills in Mac Miller’s overdose pleads guilty
Stephen Andrew Walter, one of the men charged with distributing the drugs that caused Mac Miller's fatal overdose, said he did not know the pills he distributed were laced with fentanyl.
Fauci warns Omicron variant case count could ‘change rapidly’ amid global spread
Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted Tuesday that the global case tally for the Omicron variant will "change rapidly" as it spreads around the world.
Netherlands says Omicron variant was already in country earlier than previously thought
The Covid-19 Omicron variant was present in the Netherlands a week before two flights arrived from South Africa carrying the virus, Dutch health officials said Tuesday, throwing the timeline of the variant's spread in Europe into question.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo scandal is Jeff Zucker’s scandal, too
Just-released documents detail the anchor's involvement in the political activities of his brother, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo.
What conjunction, sextile, square, opposition, trine mean in astrology
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Tropical cyclones last hours longer and became more devastating, new research shows
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CDC expanding surveillance at 4 major US airports to look for Omicron
The CDC is expanding surveillance at four major international airports -- Atlanta, JFK, Newark and San Francisco -- to keep an eye out for the Omicron variant of coronavirus in travelers.
Former UCF Football Star, NFL Player Otis Anderson Jr. Dies After Double Shooting
The 23-year-old football player and his mother, Denise Anderson, were allegedly shot around 9:30 p.m. on Monday.
In Fresno's meth hell, there's no antidote
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3 dead, 6 injured in shooting at Michigan high school
Three people were killed and six were injured in a shooting at a Michigan high school, officials said. The suspect was taken into custody.
Cowboy's Trysten Hill suspended two games for Thanksgiving punch
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Woods has little to offer on past accident or future in golf
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There’s a Reason the New Beatles Doc Had to Be Eight Hours
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'Hannity' on COVID, Biden's agenda, Pelosi and inflation
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‘Just turned into this orgy’: First accuser testifies at Ghislaine Maxwell trial
A woman testified on Tuesday about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein starting when she was just 14.
Alice Sebold Sorry Innocent Man Went to Jail for Her Rape, Blames 'Flawed Legal System'
"I will forever be sorry for what was done to him," the author, who wrote the memoir Lucky about her assault, said in a statement.
CNN women remain silent on Chris Cuomo amid outside calls for network to fire embattled host
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‘Mowgli’ girl who survived weeks in woods places at prestigious ballet school
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Ukraine’s prime minister says Russia ‘absolutely’ plotting coup attempt
Ukraine’s prime minister has said Russia is “absolutely” behind a suspected attempt to topple Kiev’s pro-Western government, citing intelligence pointing to Moscow’s involvement in the potential coup.​​ “We have secret data which demonstrates the special intentions (to foment a coup),” ​Prime Minister Denys ​Shmygal ​told Reuters on Tuesday. When asked if the Russian state was...
It’s probable that fewer seniors have been vaccinated than the government claims
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The Modernist of Musical Theater
It was Madonna who first introduced me to Stephen Sondheim, which sounds infinitely more chic than what happened in reality: Someone gave a 7-year-old girl a cassette of I’m Breathless, the 1990 album Madonna recorded during her gauzy showgirl period, pegged to her role as Breathless Mahoney in the movie adaptation of Dick Tracy. At the time, Cats had been running on Broadway for eight years. I had recently furthered my own artistic evolution by playing the title role in our class production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Musical theater in London was largely defined by plasticized melodies, Schönberg and Boublil, and soap-opera stars grinning out from West End billboards.But lurking within I’m Breathless—among dubious Carmen Miranda impersonations (“I’m Going Bananas”) and odes to light S&M (“Hanky Panky”)—were three works written by Sondheim. The film’s director and star, Warren Beatty, had asked the composer and lyricist to contribute five original songs, three of which made it onto the album. They vary drastically in style. “More” is a jaunty anthem to avarice that’s also a tricky retooling of lyrics cribbed from the Great American Songbook. “Sooner or Later” is a smoky ballad that expresses both Breathless’s sexual fixation on Dick Tracy and Tracy’s charged compulsion to lock up his criminal nemesis. “What Can You Lose?,” a duet between Madonna and the frequent Sondheim collaborator Mandy Patinkin, is a torch song about bottling up unrequited love. All three works are, in their way, expressions of yearning, the profound emotional core of Sondheim’s work. Given a relatively simple assignment—write some songs for a comic-book movie!—Sondheim delivered a puzzle disguised as pastiche, an Oscar-winning theme song that complicates the rigid masculinity of an American icon, and a heartbreakingly circular expedition through romantic hope, doubt, and repression that occupies a mere two minutes.With his songs for Dick Tracy, Sondheim, who died on Friday, did what he did throughout his career: engaged with a traditional discipline while simultaneously cracking it open from within. He was the modernist of musical theater, turning a comfortably staid genre into a knotty, disaffected, aching form of experimentation. He made the musical new. He brought a mathematician’s mind to the business of lyricism, confronting each song as a conundrum of marrying emotional clarity with melodic emphasis and the structural limitations of rhyme. But, crucially, he also made art for outsiders, which is why his most devoted fans tend to be artists. Sondheim’s work takes the typically unseen—aging women, married couples, bystanders—and forces them into the spotlight.[Amy Weiss-Meyer: What Stephen Sondheim knew about endings]Once you connect with Sondheim, you’re his forever. No one else captured love as he did—not as a prize, or as an ending, but as something fleeting, hungered for, impenetrable, or even toxic. (One of my favorite songs of his is “Unworthy of Your Love,” from Assassins, in which John Hinckley Jr. and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme sing poignantly about their ardor for Jodie Foster and Charles Manson.) Starting with Saturday Night, his first professional musical, which he finished writing in 1954, Sondheim’s characters were people on the margins with a fierce longing to be center stage. Their desires are profound, if not always straightforward. Before Sondheim, musical theater was largely defined by characters whose hearts were squarely and earnestly pinned on their sleeve: “Singin’ in the Rain,” “I’m in Love With a Wonderful Guy,” “I Hate Men.” What he introduced to the genre was simple but revolutionary: subtext. His peers weren’t Lerner and Loewe so much as Pinter and Albee, iconoclasts intent on a more charged engagement with the modern condition.But musical theater, midway through the 20th century, wasn’t a form characterized by innovation. Sondheim’s work often perplexed and even irritated audiences, not to mention critics, who maligned his lack of “hummable” songs and—in the case of John Lahr—accused him of killing the exuberant, old-fashioned musical. It’s not that Sondheim doesn’t offer, in moments, pure musical catharsis—the soaring, emphatic crescendo of “Aren’t they a gem?” or “the grass or the stick or the dog or the light.” It’s that, as Stephen Schiff wrote in a shrewd 1993 New Yorker profile, “Sondheim’s accompaniments are sumptuous, but they don’t allow a melody to plunk neatly into place; they don’t allow it to resolve; they don’t give it a home.” His composed works are reticent: They tantalize but hold back total gratification.Sondheim long resisted the idea that any of his work offered a read into his own psyche, and elements of his own identity—his sexuality, his Jewishness—are defiantly absent from his art. His songs, he insisted to the writer and his longtime friend Frank Rich, are “nothing to do” with him and are rather fully realized outpourings of fictional characters. At the individual level, I’d say this is true (although Company’s confirmed bachelor, Bobby, seems to have distinct shades of a man who didn’t enter a meaningful romantic relationship until his 60s). But as a whole, his work is shot through with a kind of detached but intense longing, the loneliness of one who knows love can’t be trusted. This duality is hard not to tie to Sondheim’s mother, an emotionally abusive woman who, he wrote, interspersed verbal beration of her son with inappropriately sexualized ploys to get his attention. Later in life, she wrote him a letter saying that giving birth to him was her life’s one regret. When she died in 1992, Sondheim didn’t go to her funeral.Sondheim’s strikingly bitter childhood was sweetened by circumstance: His mother was friends with the wife of Oscar Hammerstein II, and the lyricist became his champion and mentor. Without Hammerstein, Sondheim writes in Finishing the Hat, he might never have become a songwriter. And yet, with a kind of Oedipal glee, he also uses the book to distance his work from that of a man who, he proclaims, “is not my idol.” The truth, he writes, “is that in Hammerstein’s shows, for all their revolutionary impact, the characters are not much more than collections of characteristics—verbal tics and quirks … Refining his innovations was left to my generation.” Nevertheless, Hammerstein gave Sondheim a masterclass in both craft and work. Writing, Sondheim came to understand, wasn’t about thunderbolts of inspiration but the careful honing of techniques in service of experimentation. Though he claimed that he never cooked, he read cookery columns with fanatical devotion, comparing the technical details of “timing, balance, form, surface versus substance” to the alchemy of songwriting. From left to right, actors Annie McGreevey, Carol Richards, and Donna McKechnie star in the Stephen Sondheim stage musical ‘Company’ in London, on January 18, 1972. (Evening Standard / Hulton / Getty) It was on Hammerstein’s advice that Sondheim accepted his first major jobs as a precocious lyricist: 1957’s West Side Story, with Leonard Bernstein and Arthur Laurents, and 1959’s Gypsy, with Laurents and Jule Styne. With the former, Sondheim largely felt pigeonholed into Bernstein’s lush, romantic vision for the show, but with Gypsy, he writes in Finishing the Hat, “I came of age—lyrically, at any rate.” The characters (not least, one imagines, the monstrously narcissistic and self-deluded stage mother Rose) “were types familiar to me.” And the narrative, he felt, had more dramatic weight and complexity than the products of Broadway’s earlier eras. Yet Gypsy, for all its vibrant theatricality and old-fashioned grandeur, also has a decided sourness to it. That’s not a critique—more an assessment of how the show acknowledges the hustle at the heart of the American dream, the innate ugliness of striving and manifesting a vision.A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the first show to feature both music and lyrics by Sondheim, was a hit in 1962 and scored six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. But it was 1970’s Company that really outlined Sondheim’s virtuosity and variation. Devised initially with the playwright George Furth as a series of loose vignettes on the subject of romantic relationships, Company was formed into a show by the addition of Bobby, a single man staring down 35 while his various “good and crazy” married friends urge him to settle down despite their own states of unhappiness. Sondheim initially had no sense that the show would seem so unsettling to audiences. The primary elements of musical theater—humor, cheerful melodies, “I Want” anthems—are all present. But coming after the end of the ‘60s, at the tail end of the Summer of Love, Company’s defining quality, its skepticism and ambivalence toward partnership, felt too cataclysmic for some. Musicals were supposed to ratify love as a guiding ideal, not disrupt it altogether. Lurking beneath the surface of Company is an idea that Bobby’s ambivalence isn’t his own—that the structures holding social and romantic relationships together are destabilizing in front of the audience’s very eyes.“‘Cold,’” Sondheim writes, “is an adjective that frequently crops up in complaint about the songs I’ve written, both individually and in bulk, and it all began with Company.” The show, like most exceptional works of postmodernism, is suffused with irony and disenchantment with the tentpole narratives of Western culture. Broadway-goers more accustomed to romanticized stories of self-actualization may have balked, but the musical, as Schiff wrote, “felt grown-up,” perhaps for the first time. It suggested a new model for what the form could do and be. Follies, a devoted eulogy for the bygone days of musical theater that confronts the absurdity of its characters’ dreams in show business, was even darker and more neurotic. With every show that followed (a musical about the westernization of Japan, a musical about cannibalism, a musical about sacrificing your artistic integrity, which goes backward in time), Sondheim seemed to be testing every limit he could throw himself against. Jonathan Bailey as Jamie, Patti Lupone as Joanne, and Rosalie Craig as Bobbie in Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Company,’ directed by Marianne Elliott at Gielgud Theatre on October 15, 2018, in London (Robbie Jack / Corbis / Getty) Not every show was a success—the majority weren’t initially, although they came to be appreciated later—but each has its defenders and detractors. Sunday in the Park With George, a 1984 show about the painter Georges Seurat that processed some of his feelings of failure regarding 1981’s Merrily We Roll Along, is one of my favorites for the sweep of its ambition and the sharpness of its yearning amid an acknowledgment that making art is inherently isolating. But Into the Woods, a 1986 pastiche of the fairy-tale musical, seems, to me, the capstone of Sondheim’s career. It’s not the greatest of his works, or the most blazingly innovative, or even the most fun. Rather, it feels like the culmination of so many things that defined his craft: the challenging of archaic story forms, the acknowledgment of life’s arbitrary cruelties, the pairing of dissonant melodies with moments of striking musical purity.“Sometimes people leave you / Halfway through the wood,” the Baker’s Wife sings in the finale of Into the Woods. “Do not let it grieve you / No one leaves for good.” If the moment feels oddly sentimental for a writer who’s such a cockeyed realist, it’s countered by Cinderella’s version of the line in an earlier song: “Others may deceive you / You decide what’s good.” This essence of choice and ambiguity and convolution is what Sondheim gave to theater—the idea that there’s infinitely more contained within the tragicomedy of human experience than can ever be set to music and sung on a stage.
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Wife of drug kingpin 'El Chapo' is sentenced to 3 years in prison on U.S. charges
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Miami sky palace comes with $2 million worth of art
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Beyoncé's daughters Blue Ivy, Rumi appear in new Ivy Park campaign: See the video
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2021 Cyber Monday, Black Friday sales dip from last year
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Supreme Court to hear major abortion case
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L.A. City Council votes to ban 'ghost guns'
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Where to Watch ‘Joe Pickett’ TV Series
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SEC Championship game features 2 of nation's top defenders
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Adele announces 2022 Las Vegas residency; here's why she's not touring the world
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Viral TikTok Shows Professor Saying Women Should Focus on 'Homemaking and Having Children'
The Boise State University professor has come under fire for his speech made at a conservative event.
Kyle Rittenhouse no longer enrolled at Arizona State University following acquittal
Kyle Rittenhouse is not currently enrolled at Arizona State University where students rallied to get the teen kicked out of school, despite a court acquitting him of all charges.
Alice Sebold Pens 400-Word Apology to Man She Sent to Jail for 16 Years
Wikimedia CommonsAlice Sebold, the best-selling author whose popular memoir, Lucky, revolved around her 1981 rape outside Syracuse University, apologized Tuesday to the man she had accused in that case, saying she “deeply regret[ted]” what he had been through.The man Sebold accused of raping her, Anthony Broadwater, was exonerated last week after a judge ruled that the prosecution had been deeply flawed. Broadwater spent 16 years in prison after Sebold identified him as her attacker, and has struggled to hold down a job and maintain relationships in the two decades since his release.Sebold had remained silent throughout Broadwater’s exoneration process. In her statement Tuesday, she said it had taken her the eight day since his conviction was overturned to “comprehend how this could have happened.”Read more at The Daily Beast.