Warner Bros. to release all 2021 movies in theaters and on HBO Max
Warner Bros. isn’t risking next year’s movie slate on another COVID-19 shutdown. The studio announced Thursday that all 2021 movies will debut in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously, a one-year distribution deal that make all films available in areas where the pandemic has still shut down theaters. “We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions, including this new initiative for the Warner Bros. Pictures Group,” Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios, said in a statement. “No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do. We know new content is th...
New York Daily News
Lawmakers push to preserve pandemic voting access
Bolstered by a presidential election with the highest voter turnout in more than a century, state election officials and lawmakers — mostly Democrats, but also some Republicans — are working to codify many of the pandemic-specific changes that broadened ballot access over the past year. But officials who want to permanently expand mail-in voting and other changes still face an uphill battle in conservative-leaning states where many Republican lawmakers, already hostile to expanding voting access, are parroting President Donald Trump’s false claims of election fraud. Since Election Day, Democra...
Designer puppies, private jets and a Jamaican villa: Chicago rappers charged in Massachusetts with fraud scheme
CHICAGO — Rapper G Herbo grew up on the Southeast Side of Chicago in an area dubbed “Terror Town,” a far cry from the world of private jets, tropical villas and designer puppies. His youth, as described in his blunt lyrics, was spent dodging bullets and hanging out on the violent streets near 79th Street and Essex Avenue. But as his star rose with collaborations with artists such as Nicki Minaj and Chief Keef and money rolled in, Herbo, whose real name is Herbert Wright III, said he started to realize it was time to move on from his past and embrace his newfound fame. “Honestly I’m just trying...
Column: Michael Riedel's latest book 'Singular Sensation' is about Broadway in the '90s — the decade when the Great White Way took on a life of its own
In his revelatory first book about Broadway in the 1970s and ‘80s, “Razzle Dazzle,” the writer Michael Riedel made a typically immodest claim: Broadway saved New York City. And in Riedel’s sequel, “Singular Sensation,” Broadway gets to enjoy its just rewards. And, boy oh boy, does it have fun.When Riedel, the longtime New York Post columnist, picks up the mantle in 1991, royalties from worldwide productions of “Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats” are filling Andrew Lloyd Webber’s coffers with so much cash, he barely knows what to do with all that money. So why not take an intimate story about a f...
A social worker uses gardening to help youth heal from trauma
MINNEAPOLIS — The decades may have helped the wound to close over, but you can still feel the hurt under his words.Gardener and social worker Kenny Turck was in grade school when his big sister committed suicide at 21. An outspoken daughter of Litchfield, Minn., the Crow River community that her family had called home since 1875, Kathy Turck was gay and the victim of a horrific assault.“She was raped by four men, and the judge blamed the assaults on her lifestyle,” Turck said, his eyes falling away.That compound tragedy devastated his family and set him on a course to find and provide healing,...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Trump allies to Michigan judge: Force Whitmer to overturn results, award state to president
DETROIT — Allies of President Donald Trump want a federal court in Michigan to force state leaders to set aside election results and award its 16 electoral votes to the president.A separate conservative group also wants the Michigan Supreme Court to invalidate the results that show President-elect Joe Biden won the state.The latest lawsuits, filed in the Eastern District of Michigan and before the state’s highest court, rely on unfounded allegations of widespread fraud and misconduct that judges in the state and across the country have previously rejected. Neither has a high likelihood of succ...
Detroit Free Press
Bank of America exec arrested for bribery. Feds say banker ran kickback scheme.
A former New York-based Bank of America executive received tens of thousands of dollars at a time in cash bribes, federal prosecutors say, in exchange for fraudulently helping a New Jersey firm get a line of credit at the bank.Kurt Phelps, the executive, was arrested Oct. 29 and charged with bank bribery and conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Phelps’ arrest is a rare instance of an executive at a major U.S. bank arrested for their conduct as a banker.Federal prosecutors accused Phelps of a bribery scheme in which he coached Starnet Business Solutions, a Mahwah, N.J. print shop, to falsify financ...
The Charlotte Observer
Can Philadelphia transform its police force from 'warriors' to 'guardians'? This deescalation training could help
PHILADELPHIA — On a mild November night in 2015, Camden, New Jersey, police sped to Crown Fried Chicken at Broadway and Mickle, where a distraught man with a knife had just threatened to kill a customer inside.When cops arrived, the 48-year-old man was outside, waving the knife, clearly a potential threat. Repeatedly, he refused police orders to drop his weapon.The encounter could have been his death sentence in many cities in America — or, a few years earlier, in Camden itself.Instead, police officers recognized the man was in the throes of a mental health crisis and backed off. An officer wi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'You're going to be fixed': Vikings' Cameron Smith recovering after open heart surgery
Cameron Smith can’t explain why he’s so lucky or how his fate turned a global pandemic into a blessing that likely saved his life and certainly changed it forever.“I feel great,” the 23-year-old Vikings linebacker said Wednesday, three months after successful open heart surgery repaired a birth defect that would have gone undetected if not for COVID-19 testing when the Vikings reported for training camp in July.“I haven’t hit a low point. I haven’t struggled. Sometimes I feel that’s not fair of me to say because I know some people struggle with open heart surgery. But for me, I just look at Go...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Average winter temperatures in Northeast have warmed by up to 4.8 degrees since 1970, new research shows
PHILADELPHIA — In the winter of 1969-70, Philadelphia had an average temperature of 30.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Last year, the average was 39.4.No one says snow and cold spells are things of the past. But winters have warmed considerably since 1970 in the Northeast, according to data compiled by Climate Central, an organization of scientists and journalists that research and report on climate.Overall, the group found that winter not only is warmer than it was 50 years ago, it is warming faster than any other season in 38 states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey.Consider:—In Philadelphia, Cli...
The Philadelphia Inquirer