Delaware just removed its last public whipping post. Here's a look at its history and significance
After years of community complaints and a national reckoning over racism, the whipping post is now gone from the Old Sussex County Courthouse in Georgetown, Del., where it stood for decades.The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs extracted the post with a jackhammer Wednesday, when News Journal reporters captured dozens of residents celebrating its long-awaited removal. Delaware was the last state to outlaw whipping posts, in 1972, and this was the state’s last public whipping post still standing.Before the whipping post was installed near the historic courthouse’s grounds in ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Disney: Splash Mountain joining Magic Kingdom's makeovers
ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World’s theme parks haven’t reopened from the coronavirus shutdown yet, but there’s a fresh development at Magic Kingdom. Imagineers will revamp the Splash Mountain ride, changing its theme from “Song of the South” to “The Princess and the Frog,” it was announced last week.In the win-win-win category for Disney, it introduces a new attraction without starting from scratch, gives Tiana — the first Black American Disney princess — an increased presence in its flagship park, and it distances itself more from the 1946 film, which has a tainted reputation for stereotypic...
Vanilla Ice cancels Austin show after backlash as COVID-19 numbers skyrocket
Stop, contaminate and listen.Rapper Vanilla Ice called off a Friday performance in Austin, Texas, where COVID-19 cases have been surging at record rates.The 52-year-old performer defended his decision to go ahead with the show on Twitter Thursday morning, but pulled out soon after.“Due to the increase in COVID-19 numbers in Austin we’re gonna move the concert to a better date,” he wrote on Twitter. “We were hoping for better coronavirus numbers by July but unfortunately the numbers have increased quite a bit so for the safety and health of everyone we’re going to stay home.”More than 175,000 T...
New York Daily News
'Conan' moving production to Largo in West Hollywood, becoming first late-night show to return to a studio amid coronavirus
It’s a new day for Conan O’Brien’s late-night show.“Conan” will begin taping from the Largo at the Coronet theater in West Hollywood on Monday rather than return to the TBS show’s studio, which is located on the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles.The move will make O’Brien, who started filming remotely in March, the first late-night host to return to a studio amid the coronavirus pandemic.“I got started doing improv at the Coronet in 1986 and I’m glad we’ve figured out a way to safely keep that theater going during this lockdown” O’Brien said in a statement.“Conan” — which airs Monday through Thu...
New York Daily News
Broadway star Nick Cordero's wife hopes he can get double lung transplant after coronavirus complications
The wife of Broadway star Nick Cordero is hopeful her husband will be able to get a double lung transplant following complications that stemmed from his battle with coronavirus.Cordero has been hospitalized for a little more than three months. He has since tested negative for COVID-19 and is no longer in a medically induced coma, but is unable to move his body because his muscles have atrophied, wife Amanda Kloots told “CBS This Morning” on Thursday.Kloots said a double lung transplant for Cordero is the “ultimate, ultimate goal.”“We think that that is most likely the possibility,” Kloots told...
New York Daily News
New must-see options to stream this week: the glorious 'Hamilton' and sly 'The Truth'
The summer of 2020 will be remembered for many things, most of them sigh-inducing, but here’s an immediate highlight: This will be the summer that we all (assuming we felt like shelling out $6.99 a month for Disney+) got to watch “Hamilton” in our living rooms. And not just any “Hamilton” — this movie of the Broadway musical, directed by Thomas Kail and filmed in June 2016, captures the remarkable artistry of the original cast, led by the show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda as founding father Alexander Hamilton.I was lucky enough to see “Hamilton” on its Seattle tour a couple of years ago, and I...
The Seattle Times
Television Q&A: Is 'Council of Dads' returning this fall?
You have questions. I have some answers.Q: Will the phenomenal show “Council of Dads” return this fall?A: No. NBC has dropped the show after a single season. While it seemed designed to draw the “This Is Us” audience, ratings were reportedly low.Q: I believe Barbara Stanwyck had a son, Stephen. What happened to him?A: From what I can find, the acclaimed actress Stanwyck had only an adopted son, Dion Anthony Fay, from her marriage to actor Frank Fay. (The marriage ended in divorce, as did a later one to actor Robert Taylor.) Mother and son did not have a happy time. Stanwyck’s obituary in the N...
Tribune News Service
Ford Motor Co. partners with Disney on Ford Bronco reveal
DETROIT — Disney will partner with Ford Motor Co. on the upcoming Ford Bronco reveal, the automaker confirmed Thursday.Ford will unveil the all-new SUV “across Disney’s broadcast, cable, digital and streaming properties” on July 13, Ford said in a news release.“Three custom 3-minute films will air on ABC, ESPN and National Geographic, in each network’s first commercial break in the 8:00 p.m. ET hour. All three films will be available on demand on Hulu the following day,” the release said.Jimmy Chin, a director, cinematographer and professional climber, is collaborating with Disney CreativeWork...
Detroit Free Press
Finding their voices: One-time national contestants, Kat Perkins and Nicholas David have come home to lasting success in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS — He’s a Bible-quoting hippie dad, a 6-foot-2 kaleidoscope of colors, layers and wizardly beard.She’s a spunky 4-foot-11 rock ‘n’ roller, all tattoos, leopard patterns and jet-black hair.He lives with his wife and three kids in their St. Paul home. She’s single in a rented house in suburban Minneapolis.Nicholas David and Kat Perkins seem to have about as much in common as mystical rocker Father John Misty and pop powerhouse Lady Gaga. But David and Perkins are indelibly linked — Minnesotans who won the hearts of America on NBC’s “The Voice” and then became bankable stars in their h...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Preview: Harmonix hopes to evolve music genre with DJ game 'Fuser'
Smart developers don’t let good ideas go to waste. Instead of mothballing technology, they continue to refine it and that’s the case with Harmonix’s new project “Fuser.”The backbone of the music-mixing games comes from “Dropmix,” a card-based title that Harmonix made in conjunction with Hasbro. It never achieved the same success as its previous efforts such as “Rock Band” or “Guitar Hero,” but the potential of the project was intriguing enough that they saw a future in it.“The evolution of music games maps with Harmonix’s history,” said project manager Daniel Sussman. “My sense is that the wor...
The Mercury News