Penn student who aged out of foster care wins prestigious Rhodes Scholarship
PHILADELPHIA — Mackenzie Fierceton grew up poor, cycling through the rocky child welfare system. She bounced from one foster home to the next. One home, during her junior year of high school, was so “toxic” and crammed with other foster kids that she left for weeks at a time, sleeping each night on a carousel of couches at the homes of various friends, she said.“It was a very challenging and isolating experience,” Fierceton said. “At my school, everyone kind of knew me as like the foster kid who all these bad things had happened to.”She poured herself into her studies.“School was always an out...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
How do we cope without the soaring melodies and communal experience of Handel's 'Messiah'?
CHICAGO — Imagine a Christmas season without Santa.Or Christmas trees.Or mistletoe.The vicious coronavirus pandemic can’t stop any of these. But, unfortunately, it’s robbing us of something similarly essential to the holiday season: live performances of George Frideric Handel’s [“Messiah\.”](Normally at this time of year, “Messiahs” would be blossoming in churches and concert halls across the United States. Virtuoso singers would be delivering its sublime arias. Magnificent choirs would be thundering the “Hallelujah” Chorus.Early music groups would be attempting to re-create the way the piece ...
Dow Jones hits 30,000 points for first time in history amid vaccine hopes, Biden transition
The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged past 30,000 points for the first time in history Tuesday, a day after the Trump administration finally agreed to start the transition process to President-elect Joe Biden.Investors also appeared encouraged by a series of hopeful developments in the race for a coronavirus vaccine and news that Biden has selected former Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen as treasury secretary. The Brooklyn-born labor economist is well-liked by Democrats and Republicans and has been working on fiscal policy for decades.The jump of nearly 500 points by midday Tuesday fo...
New York Daily News
Grammys 2020: Beyoncé leads with 9 nominations; Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa and Roddy Rich have 6 each
Will Beyoncé become the belated queen of the Grammy Awards with her field-leading nine new nominations? Or will Queen Bey, as the vocal superstar is fondly called by many of her fans, leave largely empty-handed — as in 2017, when her then-field-leading nine nominations resulted in just two wins in minor categories?Those are just a few of the intriguing questions raised by Tuesday’s announcement of the 2020 Grammy nominations. After Beyoncé, the three top contenders — with six nominations each — are Taylor Swift, English dance-pop singer Dua Lipa and rapper Roddy Rich. Alabama Shakes’ singer Br...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
10 things — series, specials and movies — to watch inside your Thanksgiving 2020 bubble
Health experts are urging that you skip big gatherings and stay inside your bubble this Thanksgiving to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a traditional feast, both at the dinner table and by bingeing small-screen TV and streaming content. A cornucopia of holiday specials and new movies await, plus a few shows to discover before your post-turkey nap.Here are 10 suggestions for what to watch, from nostalgic comfort food for the eyes to the finest in current filmmaking. And don’t forget the best viewing option of all, a virtual visit through FaceTime, ...
Detroit Free Press
My worst moment: Julia Stiles and the grocery thief who was actually her costar
For the first two seasons of the conspiracy thriller “Riviera” on the Sundance Now streaming platformAt the start of Season 3, however, Stiles’ character has extricated herself from this family and relocated to London where she teaches art history. “She’s trying to get back to some sense of normalcy,” said Stiles. “And then in walks Gabriel Hirsch, played by Rupert Graves, and he offers her a job that she can’t refuse, which promises more adventure than what she is currently doing. They go to Venice and they’re trying to track down a Picasso that had been stolen and is being sold on the black ...
What to stream: Thanksgiving picks
Although the Thanksgiving movie isn’t the same cultural behemoth as the Christmas movie, there’s something a bit more nuanced and bittersweet about the Thanksgiving-set film, more rueful and winsome. And while you can find all sorts of holiday-themed fare, especially on Hallmark and Lifetime at the moment, here are a few Thanksgiving movies to take the edge off this holiday week, or at least to remember that Thanksgiving has always been an especially fraught holiday gathering, a good reminder during this most unusual year.“Krisha”: With his 2015 directorial debut, Trey Edward Shults made an in...
Tribune News Service
Foreign minister says UK is considering whether to withdraw British judges from Hong Kong’s top court
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he is considering whether to withdraw the mechanism allowing British judges to sit on Hong Kong’s highest court in response to what he called China’s attempts to erode the city’s promised autonomy and freedoms.His comments came in the British government’s bi-annual report on Hong Kong, released on Monday. It describes the imposition of the national security law on June 30 as “a clear and serious breach of the Joint Declaration” which set out the terms of the city’s 1997 handover, and a threat to Hong Kong people’s rights and freedoms.In the report, R...
Hong Kong Free Press
Life at the Epstein estate: Maxwell kept photos of topless girls, aide testified
Ghislaine Maxwell regularly took topless photos of girls who visited Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach, Florida, mansion and kept an album of the photos on her desk in Epstein’s home.That’s according to excerpts from a June 1, 2016, deposition of Juan Alessi, the former maintenance man and house manager of Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion, unsealed Friday from a 2015 defamation lawsuit brought against Maxwell by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has said that she was manipulated and sexually abused by Epstein and that Maxwell and that Epstein directed her to have sex with a number of their prominent friend...
Susan Tompor: University of Michigan economists: Vaccine could boost U.S. growth in 2021
The outlook continues to be clouded by COVID-19 but a team of University of Michigan economists sees encouraging signs that could bring economic life close to normal by the end of 2021.Much, though, will depend on how readily a vaccine becomes available by next summer.The annual U.S. Economic Outlook, released Thursday morning, indicated that the real gross domestic product is expected to rise by 4.2% in 2021.Real GDP is expected to decline by 3.6% year-over-year in 2020, according to the U-M forecast.“Regardless of what happens in the near term with the virus, I think the recovery will be pre...
Detroit Free Press