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Haunted vision

first_imgBy the end of “Ghost Quartet,” Dave Malloy claims to answer whether or not he really believes in ghosts.His supernatural off-Broadway musical, set for a short Oberon run, interrogates the human fascination with life after death. Why do we want to believe? It’s a question that got stuck in Malloy’s head as a Cleveland kid haunted by Stephen King and “The Twilight Zone,” first confronting death and its myriad mysteries.Though his productions have always strayed left of center — the Obie award-winning “Three Pianos,” a drunken romp through Schubert’s “Winterreise,” and his acclaimed “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” — “Ghost Quartet” is perhaps Malloy’s most idiosyncratic and personal work, an homage to the things that scared him as a boy.“It was a great excuse to indulge in my childhood obsession with this genre,” said Malloy by phone from New York City, where he lives.The music of “Ghost Quartet,” which Malloy wrote and also performs as a character in the show, is a nod to the soundtracks of his youth: “A theatrical interpretation of a concept album of love, death, and mystery — like Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall.’”Any Kind of Dead Person Watch Ghost Quartet perform “Any Kind of Dead Person.” The show also features an unusual prop — whiskey is readily available and shared with the audience. And you might need a drop, for the intensity alone. “Ghost Quartet” weaves four stories in a “deliberately vague and ambiguous way meant to invoke a mood,” said Malloy.Long before acclaim on 2014 best-of lists by The New Yorker and The New York Times, the show was first imagined at a kitchen table, over a game of Risk played by Malloy and his troupe of actors and bandmates.“I looked around the table and thought that I should be writing with these guys,” he said. “We’re all fantasy and sci-fi geeks.”Malloy performs in most of his shows, typically out of necessity, he said — small shows, smaller budgets — although he thinks of himself as a band leader, “someone who writes and performs like someone in a band.”The heart of rock ’n’ roll is in Cleveland, after all, and Malloy grew up on ’60s rock, becoming a “jazz snob” in high school, a “classical snob” in college, and then discovering “everything else” while working at a record store in San Francisco in his 20s.These days, when not wandering through the park, “singing songs into an iPhone,” Malloy listens to a lot of hip-hop, as well as Balkan music. Every year, he wanders down to Brooklyn’s Zlatne Uste Golden Festival — two nights and 200 Balkan bands. “I get so inspired there,” he said.Pass the whiskey.“Ghost Quartet” is at Oberon from Sept. 9 through 12. For tickets and more information, visit the A.R.T. website. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x42OuR1bCow” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/x42OuR1bCow/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

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Police address student concerns, questions in Campus Safety Summit

first_imgA Campus Safety Summit featuring a panel of local law enforcement representatives was held in the LaFortune Ballroom on Tuesday evening to address issues such as sexual assault, the blue light phone system, racial profiling, excise police and general student safety. Hosted by Notre Dame Student Government and Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), the event consisted of panelists Mike Seamon, vice president of campus safety, Keri Kei Shibata, NDSP police chief, Nicholas Canal of the Indiana State Excise Police, William Thompson of the St. Joseph County Police Department and Eric Crittendon of the South Bend Police Department. Kelli Smith | The Observer Representatives of local law enforcement gathered Tuesday to answer over 15 questions submitted by students.The panelists answered over 15 public, anonymous or pre-submitted questions by students related to crime on and off campus. One of such questions regarded which police department would handle sexual assault investigations for students living off campus.“NDSP does not take and would not take reports of sexual assaults that were off campus,” Shibata said. “Our jurisdiction is the Notre Dame campus so if a sexual assault happens on campus that’s our jurisdiction and if someone wants to report to us, then we would investigate that case.”With Title IX, Shibata said, students have the choice to report the sexual assault case whether it happened on or off campus.“If the student is the accused person in that case, then it can be reported to Title IX and Title IX will investigate that,” Shibata said. “That does not trigger a police investigation unless the victim wants that but it does get counted in our various statistics … and it may trigger a timely warning.”The special victims unit, which investigates sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse crimes, offers an additional avenue students can take to report sexual assault for an investigation regardless of where the instance occurred, Shibata said.“All our investigators go to extensive training specifically around sexual assault because it’s such an important and it’s the most common, violent crime that happens on college campuses,” she said. “ … Whether it’s Notre Dame police or the special victims unit, you’re getting high-quality investigations from people who are trained specifically in sexual assault investigations [and] who really care a lot about that.”When asked about the “limited amount” of blue light phone systems on Notre Dame’s campus as compared to other colleges, Shibata said blue light phones are going away on a lot of college campuses because “everyone having a cell phone” has resulted in the blue light system not being used as much.“We at Notre Dame have decided not to get rid of blue light phones, but we are selective about where we place them,” Shibata said. “ … It’s the remote [areas], the parking lots, the perimeter of campus where we tend to use the blue light phones. We very, very rarely — I can think of maybe once or twice in the 14 years that I’ve been here that those blue light phones have been used to summon help or to report a crime. So that’s one of the reasons we’re not making major investments in a lot more blue light phones.”Some campuses have more of an urban environment where campus boundaries are not as clearly defined and there are higher crime rates, Shibata said, which is why those colleges may decide to have more of a blue light phone presence.“We’re grateful that we don’t have those dynamics here,” Shibata said.One thing NDSP is looking at for the future, Shibata said, is expanding the number of walk-in metal detectors used for major events. When asked about combating racial profiling in policing and protecting people of color, the panelists emphasized the oversight and mutual “fair and impartial” training each of the agencies in the area undergoes to ensure strong relationships with the community.“Everyone has a bias with something and [we make] sure our biases don’t get in the way we police,” Crittendon said. “We’re going to set aside our biases and treat people the way you would want to be treated. And it’s nice having a department where we’ve implemented a lot more training than they maybe have in the past … [we make] sure that people believe in us and believe in the work that we do out there.”One of the ways the local police agencies ensure there isn’t anti-police sentiment and the community believes in them is having officers out-and-about in their respective jurisdictions building relationships, the panelists asserted.“[Us versus them] is a big problem in a lot of departments and a lot of communities,” Thompson said. “We have not seen that here to any great degree and that’s not an accident. … Nothing we do is a secret. … We’ll tell you why it is we’re doing what we’re doing and why it’s important. That’s part of us trying to be transparent and part of us trying to be not an us vs. them part of the community.”Other than NDSP disclosing records of arrest and incarceration, Seamon said the public can hold NDSP accountable and help prevent crime on campus by abiding by “when you see something, say something.”“You can go to any university official — if you see something that you don’t think is appropriate or you’re uncomfortable with NDSP or any of our partners, just tell somebody and we’ll get to it,” Seamon said. “ … We would rather 100 times look into something and have it be nothing than miss the one time that it really becomes an issue.”With excise police in particular, Canal said his agency’s job is usually working a program to curb alcohol abuse, underage drinking and illegal drug usage — which is when he typically comes across students. “When we encounter underage individuals in bars … generally if we’re in plain clothes we’ll identify ourselves, display our badge, state who we are,” Canal said. “Generally we’ll ask for I.D., try to identify you. If you turn out to be underage, most of the time it just results in a citation. … If someone’s uncooperative, the next step above would be a misdemeanor, which that would be the same as being incarcerated as far as going on the record.”The panelists also offered a number of safety tips regarding traffic, staying safe and being aware. Students should be aware of student resources such as the student escort service when walking alone, Shibata said, and shouldn’t bike with headphones on.“Campus is a very open environment and that’s intentional that the University of Notre Dame wants to be a welcoming place,” Shibata said. “ … That does come with certain risks in that we don’t always know everyone who’s on campus … so we do have our officers out and around campus all the time and they are looking for any kind of suspicious activity.”Tags: Campus Safety Summit, NDSP, Notre Dame Student Government, policelast_img read more


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Tony Yazbeck & Cast of On the Town Perform ‘New York, New York’

first_img Star Files Tony Yazbeck Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015 View Comments On the Town Related Shows The Bronx is up, the Battery’s down, and Rockefeller Center is somewhere in the middle! Tony nominee Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clyde Alves and the company of On the Town leaped over to the Today Show plaza on May 18 to delight the crowd—including members of the U.S. Navy—with the Bernstein, Comden and Green classic “New York, New York.” Check out the helluva performance below (because what better way to start your day than by having a trio of sailors singing about the Big Apple?) and catch On the Town at the Lyric Theatre.last_img


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Member service is Government Lawyer Section’s top priority

first_imgMember service is Government Lawyer Section’s top priority Helping government lawyers who want to do pro bono work and providing high quality, ethics-based CLE programs continue to be top priorities of the Government Lawyer Section. Section Chair Howard Pohl, reporting to the Board of Governors last month, said the section is also striving to increase the salaries of government attorneys. He said the section recently completed a survey that showed that lawyers who go to work for public agencies are typically getting 30 to 50 percent of the salary of those going into private practice. Among public sector attorneys, those working for the state’s universities tend to have the best salaries, followed by those employed by the governor or legislature. At the bottom, Pohl noted, are assistant public defenders and state attorneys, and lawyers working for small government agencies. The major reason for the pay disparity with the private sector is the legislature has been tight with funds to pay the state’s lawyers, Pohl said, including in recent years when many private salaries have escalated. Virtually every government office has a different policy on lawyers doing pro bono, many or most of which prohibit lawyers from donating their work. Pohl said the section wants to end that. “We’ve maintained that any government lawyer who wants to do pro bono work should be allowed to,” he said. He added that the section opposes making government lawyers subject to the aspirational pro bono standards in Bar rules, because the public attorneys face so many different conflict problems. Pohl, an assistant state attorney in the 11th Circuit, said, “We can’t practice law and we can’t represent clients. One of the things we do is try to do teaching, lecturing and presentations. There are other government offices where attorneys have helped create legal forms. “Our office encourages pro bono work, not picking up a case, but going out and doing community work. The lawyers have to clear with the office to make sure there is no conflict.” On CLE, Pohl said the section has always maintained a strong emphasis on ethics, which is integral in three CLE courses the section sponsors every year. That ethics component seems a natural fit with the section, he said. “Government lawyers are in a good position to carry on ethics and professionalism,” Pohl noted. “We don’t have the trust accounting problems, yet we are looked on as having a higher ethical calling and doing things in the interest of the public.” One of the three courses focuses on the state’s Sunshine Law. That course, held last November, attracted more than 100 people and focused on the limitations and legalities of obtaining public records. It also looked at getting public records via the Internet, he said. The second course is on understanding the Florida Legislature, and is held every year in the state House chambers. The third course is on practicing before the Florida Supreme Court, and is held in the court, including viewing an oral argument, meeting with the case attorneys, and touring the Suprme Court and meeting with the justices to discuss general court and appellate issues. Aside from those, Pohl said the section in 1999 co-sponsored a national leadership conference with the ABA in California, and is looking to repeat that event in Florida. That first conference centered around ethics, leadership in bar activities and leadership in general by attorneys. The section also has completed a manual on state guardianship laws and regulations. The section is working on a distribution list for that manual. January 15, 2001 Regular News Member service is Government Lawyer Section’s top prioritylast_img read more


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Two bills worth knowing about

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Bloomberg news is highlighting two bills passed by Congress yesterday that I think are worth knowing about.First there is H.R. 1457. This bill would set a national standard for financial institutions, including credit unions that want to accept online account applications. The bill establishes a national standard for the acceptance of scanned driver’s license or identification card when individuals are applying for a banking product or to open an account. I actually thought that the acceptance of scanned personally identifiable information was no longer an issue but according to Bloomberg there are still some state laws that stand in the way of fully optimizing online account opening.The second bill has absolutely nothing to do with credit unions but speaks volumes about how much the banking industry has evolved since the expansion of interstate banking. H.R. 1426 would create a new type of financial institution called a Covered Savings Association. These entities would be allowed to exercise many of the same powers of a nationally chartered bank without having to go through the formal charter conversion process.last_img read more


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Trump ads will take over YouTube’s homepage on election day

first_imgAds on the YouTube masthead—as the video on the top of the homepage is known—generally run for an entire day. The exact duration of Trump’s ad buy and financial details were unclear, but estimates for the space range from hundreds of thousands of dollars to more than $1 million a day.YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc.’s Google, lets advertisers target users based on a variety of factors, though it recently limited those options for political content. The Trump campaign bought the digital real estate nationwide, one of the people familiar with the deal said, both of whom asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.YouTube declined to comment on the deal but said it’s common for political advertisers to purchase masthead ads. After buying an ad, candidates can choose to surrender the space or restrict it to certain regions, a spokeswoman for the company said. “In the past, campaigns, PACs, and other political groups have run various types of ads leading up to Election Day,” she wrote in an email. “All advertisers follow the same process and are welcome to purchase the masthead space as long as their ads comply with our policies.” A spokesman for the Trump campaign didn’t respond to requests for comment.The move is likely to reinforce a feeling among many political analysts that Trump’s embrace of digital advertising gives him a distinct advantage over his Democratic rivals. The Trump campaign could spend as much as $500 million on digital ads and strategies, Brad Parscale, the president’s campaign manager, has said. In the immediate run up to the US presidential election and on Election Day, the homepage of YouTube is set to advertise just one candidate: Donald Trump.The president’s reelection campaign purchased the coveted advertising space atop the country’s most-visited video website for early November, said two people with knowledge of the transaction. The deal ensures Trump will be featured prominently in the key days when voters across the country prepare to head to the polls Nov. 3.While the bulk of digital ad spending typically focuses on targeting specific messages to certain audiences, the top spot on YouTube is more akin to a Super Bowl TV ad. About three-quarters of U.S. adults say they use YouTube, exceeding the reach of even Facebook, according to the Pew Research Center. In 2012, President Barack Obama’s campaign bought the YouTube masthead for Election Day before Mitt Romney had even secured the Republican nomination, according to Teddy Goff, Obama’s former digital director. “This gets to a structural problem inherent in having a contested primary against an incumbent,” said Goff, now co-founder of Precision Strategies, a consulting and marketing firm.Trump and Hillary Clinton each ran masthead ads at various times in 2016. Trump spent more money online that year than Clinton and continues to outspend most Democratic rivals now. A major exception is Michael Bloomberg, whose campaign has spent $36.9 million on Google ads, according to statistics released by Google. That’s double what Trump has spent with the company. Both Trump and Bloomberg ran YouTube masthead ads last year.Susan Wojcicki, the chief executive officer of YouTube, said in an interview with “60 Minutes” aired in December that some of Trump’s ads were rejected for violating company policies. The news program reported that more than 300 video ads submitted by the Trump campaign were taken down by Google and YouTube.Many digital ads are bought and sold through automated systems, but that wasn’t an option for Trump’s Election Day purchase. To reserve space this far in advance, advertisers must work directly with Google sales representatives.Online political advertising in the current election cycle will total $1.34 billion, more than double the levels of the last presidential election, according to EMarketer. The research firm estimates that digital spending will account for 19% of all political advertising. Facebook Inc. is the favorite platform of political campaigns, and its lenient policies have been a subject of controversy. The social network allows politicians to make false claims in their ads, whereas Google does not. Facebook offers far more granularity for campaigns to target people who fit a specific profile.After Google limited campaigns’ abilities to use demographic targeting last November, some at the company have debated going further. Google has bristled at repeated accusations of political bias, particularly from Trump and other Republicans. One potential policy discussed inside Google was to disallow masthead ads on Election Day in favor of a nonpartisan banner reminding Americans to vote, said a person with knowledge of the deliberations. Ultimately, Google decided to keep its standard practice in place.Topics :last_img read more


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NSU Pens 25-Year COA with Vale

first_imgJapanese shipowner NS United Kaiun Kaisha (NSU) has signed another 25-year contract of affreightment (COA) to transport Brazilian iron ore with the world’s largest iron ore producer Vale on November 27, 2017.NSU said that the contract relates to the transportation of an estimated volume of 40 million tons throughout the contract duration to be carried out by the company’s newbuilding 400,000 dwt eco-type ore carrier.Under the terms of the deal, the charter will commence in the first half of 2020 on the service route between Brazil and China.“As NSU targets a large portfolio of domestic and overseas customers in accordance with its Mid-Term Business Plan (FY 2017-2019), NSU is confident that this new long-term business will contribute to efficient and stable transport for Vale’s export expansion strategy,” the company said commenting on the deal.This COA follows the 25-year contract between NSU and Vale concluded in December 2016 which will commence in the second half of 2019.last_img read more


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Mascherano backed Messi to return to Argentina

first_img Messi has spent his entire professional career at Camp Nou, having risen through the La Masia ranks after joining the club from Newell’s Old Boys as a teenager. The diminutive playmaker has since established himself as one of the greatest players of all-time, winning a record six Ballon d’Or awards while setting new standards of excellence in terms of goals and assists across all competitions. Messi has helped Barca win 34 major trophies during his time at the club, including ten titles in La Liga and the Champions League, scoring a staggering 620 goals in 708 appearances. The Argentina international’s current contract is due to expire next year and, as he approaches his 33rd birthday, it has been suggested that he could move on to a new challenge before hanging up his boots for good. Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu expects Messi to see out his playing days at Camp Nou, but he has admitted on several occasions that going back to Newell’s at some point holds great appeal. Mascherano, who is currently on the books of Estudiantes, is hoping to see Messi join him in Argentina, suggesting family ties could play a key role in his final decision. Loading… Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, has been backed to return to Argentina in the near future by Javier Mascherano, who says “anything is possible” in football. “Anything can happen in the world of football and it depends on his desire to play in Argentina,” the former Barcelona ace told Diario Sport. “There’s also the family aspect when he decides to live over here. These are personal issues and no one else can influence them. “If he decides to come here in the future, it’d be a huge jump in quality for our league and the country.” Mascherano received a hero’s welcome in his homeland after joining Estudiantes back in November, having spent 14 years in Europe after beginning his career at River Plate. However, the 35-year-old insists Messi’s return would be a far bigger story in Argentina, as he added: “[My return] would be nothing compared to Leo’s. He’s the best player in the world.” Messi will be back in action with Barca on Saturday, with a trip to the Mestalla to face Valencia on the cards. Read Also:Messi left out of Barcelona Copa del Rey tie against Ibiza The Blaugrana captain has contributed 14 goals and six assists to the club’s cause in La Liga this season, helping them rise to the top of the table on goal difference ahead of arch-rivals Real Madrid FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Mind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future7 Mysterious Discoveries From All Around The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more


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SR 3 lane restrictions today and tomorrow

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — INDOT is planning to close single lanes of State Road 3 beginning today.If weather permits, single lanes will be closed where the highway approaches Interstate 74.Crews are hoping to take advantage of the warmer weather to remove the temporary median crossovers that were placed during last year’s construction of the bridge.Traffic flow will continue on single lanes until the median crossovers are removed.There will be no ramp closures. Clean up and landscaping will need to be finished yet this spring.last_img


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Weaver prevails for first PASS win at Path Valley

first_imgWeaver, who had a pair of fourths as his best previous PASS finishes, started the feature on the outside pole and stood up this season’s hottest PASS driver, Garrett Bard, and 2020 winners John Walp and Christian Rumsey on a night when there wasn’t a lap without a two-, three-, or even four-car battle for the lead. SPRING RUN, Pa. (July 25) – Jeffrey Weaver brought a modest Pennsylvania Sprint Series re­sume into Saturday’s racing at Path Valley Speedway Park, but his track record took a huge leap when the former micro sprint racer earned his first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win in one of the most hotly contested feature races of 2020.  Jeffrey Weaver earned his career-first PASS feature win Saturday at Path Valley Speedway Park. (Photo by Frank Buhrman) Bard was able to best Walp for second on the last lap, with Rumsey, who had been looking for an opening to join the fight, coming home fourth. Brad Mellott, who had contested for the lead early and never fell far behind, finished fifth. On every lap, Weaver looked fully at home among the giants. Just before a lap 17 caution, Weaver slipped past Bard, who was running high, and on lap 20, he ended a multi-lap, side-by-side duel with Walp and took over first.  By Frank Buhrman With Walp, who led 20 laps, and Bard fighting furiously for the lead, running lap after lap side-by-side in the middle grooves, Weaver hung onto third, maintaining a consistent ultra-low line. Feature results – 1. Jeffrey Weaver; 2. Garrett Bard; 3. John Walp; 4. Christian Rumsey; 5. Brad­ley Mellott; 6. Domenic Melair; 7. Scott Lutz; 8. Dylan Proctor; 9. Kenny Heffner; 10. Ken Duke Jr.; 11. Donnie Hendershott; 12. Justin Mills; 13. Kruz Kepner; 14. Larry McVay; 15. Landon Price; 16. Mike Alleman; 17. Dave Wickham; 18. Cody Hackenberry; 19. Andrew Boyer; 20. Kurt Knepper.last_img read more