COA: Accident Affirmation in Baby’s Death Upholds Conviction

first_imgMarilyn Odendahl for www.theindianalawyer.comAn Indianapolis man’s conviction for causing the death of his infant daughter will stand after the Indiana Court of Appeals rejected his argument that the evidence of him placing a pillow over the baby should not have been admitted at trial because he never affirmatively said her death was an accident.Jeffrey Fairbanks was charged with murder and Level 1 felony neglect of a dependent resulting the death of his infant daughter, Janna. He told Indianapolis police he had placed a pillow over Janna’s face because she was crying but he then quickly removed the pillow and fed her. A short time later, he said, he and the baby fell asleep but when he awoke, she was dead.The state filed notice of intent to admit 404(b) evidence that Fairbanks had placed a pillow over Janna’s face on at least two prior occasions. Also the state wanted to admit statements from Janna’s mother two other daughters, A.G. and E.M., about seeing Fairbanks place a pillow over the baby in the past and hearing “muffled cries.”However, Fairbanks filed a motion in limine seeking to prohibit the introduction of the evidence, claiming it violated Indiana Evidence Rules 404(b) and 403.The Marion Superior Court denied Fairbanks’ motion.In its closing argument, the state told the jury Fairbanks “smothered Janna with a pillow. He caused her to suffocate and die.”The jury found Fairbanks not guilty of murder but guilty of Level I felony neglect. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison.Fairbanks appealed, arguing in part the evidence that he had previously placed a pillow over Janna’s face was inadmissible pursuant to Evidence Rule 404(b). In particular, he noted the evidence of a crime, wrong, or other act is admissible to prove lack of accident only if the defendant first claims accident. He maintained he never said Janna’s death was an accident.The state countered a defendant does not need to affirmatively advance a contrary claim of accident prior to the State’s introduction of prior bad act evidence.The Court of Appeals agreed that Indiana law is not clear as to whether a defendant must affirmatively claim mistake or accident. But in its own survey of cases where evidence had been admitted under Evidence Rule 404(b), the appellate panel discovered the defendant affirmatively claimed the act was a mistake or accident.story continues below“We thus find that accident and mistake are a subset of intent, in that a defendant who claims mistake or accident is necessarily claiming that the act was not intentional,” Chief Judge Nancy Vaidik wrote for the court. “Accordingly, we conclude that, similar to intent, defendants must affirmatively claim mistake or accident before the State can admit evidence pursuant to Evidence Rules 404(b) that the act was not a mistake or accident.”As to whether Fairbanks affirmatively claimed accident, the Court of Appeals found that he got very close. Several times in his statements to police and interviews to local television stations he said he didn’t know what happened to Janna and that he didn’t do anything wrong. Also, under cross-examination by the defense, Janna’s pediatrician testified that co-sleeping was dangerous because the baby could accidentally get smothered.“While this is not overwhelming evidence that Fairbanks affirmatively claimed accident, it is sufficient,” Vaidik wrote. “If there was any doubt whether Fairbanks claimed accident during trial, that doubt was extinguished when defense counsel argued during closing that what happened to Janna was, in fact, an ‘accident.’”In his concurring opinion, Judge Rudolph Pyle took issue with the majority’s ruling that Fairbanks had preserved his request for a continuing objection to the pillow evidence.Pointing to the record, Pyle asserted the trial court never ruled on the defense’s motion. Instead the trial judge responded “okay” to the defense and then asked for the state’s response.“I do not believe the trial court’s utterance of the word, ‘Okay’ was in any way related to a ruling on the motion,” Pyle wrote. “The trial court was simply acknowledging the request had been made, it sought a response from the State, and was interrupted by the entry of the jury into the courtroom before it could make a ruling. As a result, the issue was neither ruled upon nor preserved for appeal.”The case is Jeffrey Fairbanks v. State of Indiana, 49A02-1707-CR-1675.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Export opportunities for NI

first_imgInvest Northern Ireland has pledged business development and marketing support to bakeries that explore export opportunities in confectionery goods, such as cakes, biscuits and buns.A new market report, commissioned by Invest Northern Ireland, has pinpointed opportunities for smaller bakeries in Britain and Ireland due to growing demand for indulgent, premium products.The report’s findings were revealed to bakeries attending special workshops last week in Belfast, Dungannon and Maghera.The rich heritage of local craft bakery products, not readily available in other parts of the British Isles, is an important advantage for Northern Irish bakers, said the report. Tradition and provenance, the small size of craft bakeries in Northern Ireland means they are “nimble and quick to respond” to market opportunities, it said. However, challenges faced by the industry include a reliance on short shelf-life products.Some of the bakeries, the report points out, are already supplying multiple retailers, including Tesco, Sainsbury and Asda, in Northern Ireland and should explore own-label opportunities by working towards BRC accreditation.last_img read more

News story: Improve cyber security in the Internet of Things: apply for funds

first_img the competition opens on 18 February 2019 and the deadline for applications is at midday on 1 May 2019 UK-based businesses of any size can lead a project, working with other businesses, research organisations, public sector organisations or charities. Collaborations should involve at least one academic partner and one small or medium-sized enterprise businesses could receive up to 70% of their project costs total eligible project costs can be between £2.5 million and £4 million projects must start by 1 December 2019 and can last between 18 and 24 months projects that pass the written application stage will be invited to an interview panel between 1 and 5 July 2019 to present their ideas Find out more about this competition and apply. Read the announcement. More resilient, intelligent systemsThe competition aims to join up the UK’s research base with industry to transfer knowledge and develop new products and services that tackle cyber security in the IoT.Projects should include artificial intelligence or machine learning and have a clear plan for commercialisation.They should focus on at least 1 of the following: Connected devices and sensors in our homes and workplaces – known as the Internet of Things (IoT) – offer huge potential for improving how we live and move around.We can measure health data, travel habits and energy use, predict demand for public services and support planning and management of critical national infrastructure.But as more devices become connected, the more vulnerable they are to sophisticated cyber security threats. This becomes even more important as critical applications for the IoT emerge.Innovate UK has up to £6 million to invest in organisations with ideas that address industry-focused cyber security-related challenges.The investment forms part of the UK Research and Innovation Strategic Priorities Fund, which supports the highest priorities identified by researchers and businesses. operational resilience technologies that can protect and recover data intelligent control systems for industry, commercial and public sector buildings protection of people living in digital homes and their smart systems Find out more about the Strategic Priorities Fund. Projects could also look at complementary technologies, such as distributed ledger technologies that support the sharing of data across multiple locations, or 5G mobile networks.Competition information It is part of a set of measures by UK government to build increased security and protections into digital devices and online services. As well as this programme, this includes an up to £70 million investment through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to tackle digital security by design.last_img read more

Margo Price Releases New Song “Leftovers” For Amazon Music’s New “Produced By” Series [Listen]

first_imgAmazon Music has launched their new “Produced By” series, featuring Amazon Original music developed to spotlight “today’s community of producers working behind the scenes to develop the best in music.”The new series pairs producers with a collection of today’s top genre-spanning artists to create exclusive recordings for Amazon Music listeners. Today, GRAMMY Award-winning, Memphis-based producer Matt Ross-Spang is brought into the spotlight with the release of Margo Price’s new, Amazon Original song, “Leftovers”.“I wrote ‘Leftovers’ based on the kinds of people that don’t have any original ideas of their own,” explains Price in a press release. “It could be anything from stealing a song idea, to copying someone else’s style, or dating an ex of a good friend. … I also really just wanted to rhyme ‘asshole’ with ‘casserole’ and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Matt Ross-Spang is a legendary producer and engineer in the making, who puts his blood, sweat, and tears into making some of the best sounding records of our decade. We always have a lot of fun in the studio.”“As first and foremost a music fan and now as a producer, I’ve always been drawn to artists with unique voices whose gift transcends genre and time,” said Matt Ross-Spang in a press release. “I’m excited and honored to play a role in this innovative opportunity Amazon Music is providing these extraordinary individuals. As my hero Sam Phillips said: ‘If you’re not doing something different you’re not doing anything!’”About Matt Ross-Spang, a press release details:Matt Ross-Spang began interning at Sun Studio at age 16, eventually working his way up to Chief Engineer & Operations Manager. In 2015, Ross-Spang left Sun to become an independent engineer, producer, & mixer based primarily out of the legendary 1960 time capsule studio Sam Phillips Recording Service. Recent productions by Matt include both albums by Margo Price, as well as the latest Lucero, Nicki Bluhm and Sean Rowe records. He won two GRAMMY Awards for his work on Jason Isbell’s Something More Than Free and The Nashville Sound, and has worked on several GRAMMY-Nominated Albums such as Lori McKenna’s The Bird and the Rifle, Brent Cobb’s Shine On Rainy Day and Luther Dickinson’s Blues and Ballads. He recently mixed unreleased Elvis Presley tracks for the compilation album Way Down in the Jungle Room and the Elvis documentary The Searcher . More info is available on Matt Ross-Spang’s official website.“Leftovers” was recorded in RCA’s historic Studio A with Margo Price’s touring band, which features drummer Dillon Napier, bassist Kevin Black, guitarist Jamie Davis, slide guitarist Luke Schneider, and Jeremy Ivey on acoustic guitar & piano. Listen to the new Margo Price song below:Margo Price – “Leftovers” (Amazon Original)Amazon Music’s “Produced By” series will continue with new Amazon Original releases throughout the week with GRAMMY Award-winning artists including John Prine, William Bell, and Al Green, marking his first individual effort in a decade. Future “Produced By” installments will feature acclaimed producers and artists from a variety of genres including Latin, Indie, Country, and R&B.Amazon Music listeners can simply ask, “Alexa, play the playlist Produced by Matt Ross-Spang” in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android and on Alexa-enabled devices. In addition to the new track, Amazon Music listeners can access hundreds of Amazon Original songs and numerous albums featuring both emerging and established artists across numerous genres, available to stream and purchase on Amazon Music.last_img read more

The fumbles in Ferguson

first_imgThe circumstances surrounding the Aug. 9 killing of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., have sparked nightly protests by outraged citizens, drawing international attention as violent clashes erupted between residents and militarized police patrolling the suburban streets. Accusations that police were harassing people or using excessive force — firing tear gas and stun grenades and pointing rifles at peaceful protesters and journalists — have further stoked tensions. This week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson amid concern that local and state officials had mishandled both the protests and the investigation into Michael Brown’s shooting death and that efforts by county police to protect the officer from public scrutiny indicate that officials cannot conduct a thorough and fair review of Brown’s killing. Holder has ordered federal prosecutors to investigate, with dozens of FBI agents interviewing witnesses and a federal medical examiner performing an autopsy on Brown’s body. Herman B. “Dutch” Leonard, the George F. Baker Jr. Professor of Public Management at Harvard Kennedy School and the Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, teaches leadership and organizational strategy and is co-director of the Program on Crisis Leadership at HKS. Leonard spoke with the Gazette via email about the ongoing chaos in Ferguson and assessed the crisis-management response. GAZETTE: How would you characterize what’s going on in Ferguson, Mo.? Are there comparable events?LEONARD: We have seen heavy police presence in hard gear in American cities before. I recall the riots in Los Angeles, Detroit, and other cities in the 1960s, for example, and the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles in 1992, which among other things involved the deployment of federal troops. Ferguson, however — as well as the deployment of tactical teams in Watertown after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing — indicates a new level of militarization of police forces that seems to be without precedent. While this may be justifiable and a good approach in some circumstances (a terrorist attack, for example), I think Ferguson shows that if misapplied, it can also lead to an escalation rather than a resolution of civil disturbances.GAZETTE: How unusual is it for the attorney general to get involved, and what does it tell you about what’s going on behind the scenes?LEONARD: It is highly unusual for the highest-ranking law enforcement officer in the United States to intercede personally in a specific enforcement matter. I think it signals a belief in the highest circles in Washington that the events in Ferguson are of critical national importance. And it signals (and is designed to signal) to all of those involved in the ongoing event — the investigation, the peacekeeping actions, the public relations, and so on — that the significance of this event goes far beyond the local domain in which it began.GAZETTE: To what extent is the ongoing chaos a function of that original incident, and to what extent is it a result of ineffective crisis management?LEONARD: I think you have to see it as a product of both. The original incident is tragic and emotionally intense, and in the absence of definitive information about what exactly happened (which will intrinsically take time to develop), it is fraught with issues and questions and ambiguities about who we are as a nation, about the extent of racism that may still be embedded in police and other institutions, about racial justice. It thus goes to the core of identity issues for our country and for our people as a whole, and for each of us in the various subgroups with which we self-identify. Identity issues — who are we, and how are we seen, and whether we are respected by others — are among the hottest issues we ever deal with. And the precipitating incident here instantly pushes all of those buttons.Moreover, the nature of events like these is that definitive, agreed details about exactly what happened will be scant in the early days, which means that the situation will be fueled in part by rumor, innuendo, false reports, and small amounts of accurate information deeply intertwined with large amounts of misinformation. In such a setting, those so inclined — and there will be many — will be able to build their anger by selectively choosing which “facts” to believe. This, again, is not just predictable, it is a certainty. This accentuates the volatility of the event.The nature of the initial event, then, is that it is intensely hot and potentially explosive. What it desperately needs, then, is de-escalating influences. Given how obviously hot the original incident was and is, the response to the protests appears to have been grievously misguided. It was entirely predictable that there would be a major reaction in the streets of Ferguson, and that the level of intensity on the part of different demonstrators would vary widely, ranging from peaceful vigils to active, angry protest and possibly beyond, to violent and destructive looting, all of which, in fact, have taken place. Some protesters are simply more willing and better able to contain their emotions and reactions than others.Meeting that range of reactions with police officers in combat gear and armored vehicles is tantamount to further provocation, and sure enough it immediately escalated the situation by incensing some of the crowd. The situation called for calming and stabilizing influences and interventions. Confronting a crowd that is grieving the death of an unarmed teenager, whatever the exact circumstances of his death were, with a phalanx of police officers pointing military weapons and firing tear gas in the direction of the crowd from behind or within armored vehicles and wearing combat body armor is anything but calming. Trying to intimidate an angry crowd into submission by visibly threatening extreme violence is a recipe for the disaster we have been watching unfold.GAZETTE: What have been some of the biggest missteps by the various law-enforcement agencies involved, and what should they do to calm tensions?LEONARD: The initial rapid escalation in the early stages of the protest appears to have (literally) stoked the fires of those most prone to violence … and deeply angered many who would have been inclined toward being peaceful. Seeing the pictures of heavily armed police in Ferguson early in this event, I was reminded of the positive example of Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, who commanded the U.S. Army troops that arrived in New Orleans four days after Hurricane Katrina. Seeing troops carrying their weapons at the ready, Lt. Gen. Honoré yelled at them, “Weapons down, dammit!” “Weapons down” would be a good admonition in Ferguson. For example, why are police officers pointing their weapons at or in the general direction of the protester in this photo? What deadly threat to the police or others justified the weapons-ready posture of this group of police officers?I would guess that this approach results from a mis-deployment rather than from the intentional use of an excessive threat of force (assuming there is no justification for multiple semi-automatic or possibly automatic rifles to be pointed at or in the direction of this demonstrator). This group of police officers looks to be a tactical team. SWAT teams are generally used in situations where there is a significant prospect of violent resistance (for example, in entering a residence to arrest a violent criminal who is expected to be armed). In such circumstances, weapons at the ready is appropriate, and that is how SWAT teams train. Thus, weapons-ready may just be the standard protocol for this team, but deployed here in a circumstance in which it may not be appropriate.What the situation in Ferguson now desperately needs is a weapons-down posture by police, to the maximum extent possible and in every way possible — and concerted, consistent efforts to de-escalate tensions and emotions. Much of this will inevitably have to come from the leadership inside the community. Leaders from outside may be able to help support those inside, but the community will have greatest trust in their own existing local leadership. None of this can be imposed from outside. Police and others need to do everything they can to cooperate with and support local leaders in trying to contain the rage that the initial event and the subsequent escalation have produced.GAZETTE: It took several days of violence for state and local political officials, including the Missouri governor, the mayor of Ferguson, and various congressional representatives, to get involved in trying to quell the conflict between police and protesters. Did that leadership void contribute to the unrest? What should they have done and when?LEONARD: Given that it was nearly instantly predictable that this incident could erupt, leaders at practically all levels should immediately have adopted a forward-leaning stance, and they should have formed into a group to work on the situation together. Instead, the situation evolved for several days before leaders intervened. And even then it appears that there was at best too little coordination among the various individuals and entities involved. This is both a substantive event (the shooting and death of Michael Brown, and the subsequent demonstrations, rioting, and looting) and a perceptions-based event that is driven by formal as well as social media, rumors, and formal communications. What I believe we have still not seen is the formation of a collaborative “unified command” effort involving law enforcement, investigative, political, and community leaders coherently organized and engaged in a joint effort to manage and de-escalate the situation.Decisions about what information to release have been seen by the community as attempts to blame what the community sees as the innocent victim; those decisions seem to have been clumsy and ineffective and poorly thought out. A more concerted and strategic view needs to be formed that can take account of all relevant aspects of the situation and that has control over all aspects of the public response — from the release of information to the deployment of law enforcement in the area. This should have happened, or at least begun almost immediately. Instead, different groups and organizations and leaders have joined piecemeal, and still (to my knowledge) have not formed a comprehensive collaborative group that can most effectively manage the way forward.GAZETTE: The decision to release incriminating video and medical details about the shooting victim, but not promptly release key information about his fatal shooting, like the officer’s name, the circumstances surrounding the shooting, or the results from the first autopsy, appears to have fueled much of the outrage and protests. How vital is managing the quality and flow of information in preventing a single event from growing into something much larger and more damaging?LEONARD: Managing the flow of information is crucial to the management of the overall event, because the information directly affects the emotions that are at root driving the situation (and, especially, driving the most undesirable behaviors in the situation). Again, this is one of the reasons why the formation, early in the event, of a unified command involving all of the relevant parties involved in the event — and drawing community leaders into those discussions — would have been so important.An excruciating challenge in events of this type is that a great deal of information must be protected so as not to compromise the investigation if a prosecution may eventually result from it. Haphazard or uncontrolled release of information could easily prejudice the ability to bring charges later, if that should be appropriate. This is difficult for communities to understand, and it would have been a good reason to pull together a meeting of community leaders very early on to begin a dialogue about what could and could not be released.But the necessary cloak of secrecy is also often used as an excuse not to release information that is seen as damaging to police even if it could be released without prejudice to the investigative process. And communities know this, so they are suspicious of “I’m sorry, but we can’t disclose that” as it relates to police behavior. And they are especially suspicious when, as here, selective information is released about the victim but not about police actions. In this instance, what was disclosed and what was withheld and the timing of the disclosure appeared to the community to have been very self-serving on the part of the police — when what was needed was disclosure that seemed to be an honest attempt to release everything possible that was known, so long as it would not compromise the ongoing investigation.GAZETTE: The apparent police harassment of the media, including the arrests of print, broadcast, and photo journalists who are later released without charges, seems to lend credibility to the perception that law enforcement is intent on shutting down any criticism or outside scrutiny of their actions. Is this strategy typically effective and, if not, what could be the reason for engaging in it?LEONARD: Police harassment of the media in this event has been both appalling and deeply stupid. No street-level police officer or higher-level police official in his or her right mind would imagine that harassing journalists — for example, arresting and then releasing them — is going to shut down criticism or reduce outside scrutiny. It is overwhelmingly likely to have exactly the opposite effect, increasing media attention and scrutiny and reducing any sympathy some journalists might otherwise have had for the difficult position that police find themselves in.I therefore have trouble imagining that there has been a systematic and intentional campaign to intimidate the press because such a policy would so obviously and so certainly backfire. I think it is far more likely that the incidents we have seen have been the product of a combination of poor training of police officers and deep frustration, fatigue, and anger on the part of police officers deployed for long hours in this difficult and ugly situation.During the Occupy movement, when largely peaceful protesters occupied public spaces, often for considerable periods of time and frequently in violation of local ordinances, many police departments decided that trying to enforce every ordinance (immediately pushing protesters out of public parks, for example) would escalate rather than improve the situation, and they tolerated some “criminal” behavior, judging it as the better part of valor to let things evolve more slowly and peaceably (which, for the most part, they did). During this time, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey had the First Amendment read at roll calls in police stations and occasionally over the police radio.At our best, in this country, we protect journalists in the exercise of their First Amendment duties. We do this for moral reasons. The oath of office, sworn by every police officer, is to uphold and defend the Constitution, which prominently includes the First Amendment, and if the moral reasons do not seem to some to be enough, then police should do this for the prudential reason that harassing the press will reliably create more negative coverage of the policeI think the harassment of journalists in Ferguson, like the excessive display of weapons and the too-common weapons-ready posture, mainly reflects poor training and a breakdown of discipline under pressure and frustration. Police officers don’t have to like the press, but they do need to understand that reporting on police activities is not a crime, and that they as police officers have a duty to protect journalists in the exercise of their First Amendment freedoms. A journalist should have to go a long way to get him- or herself arrested.last_img read more

Who Will Snag a Spot? Predicts Tony Noms for Performances in Plays

first_img Left to Right: Rebecca Hall, Machinal — Hall was riveting as the intense central character of this complicated piece. Nominators will likely remember her fine work. LaTanya Richardson Jackson, A Raisin in the Sun — Stepping in at the last-minute for Diahann Carroll, Jackson brings warmth and humor to the matriarch of the Younger family. Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn  — An earthy grande dame (if such a thing exists), Parsons is revered by the theater community. She will probably snag a slot. IN THE MIX Left to Right: Bryan Cranston, All the Way — Fresh from Breaking Bad uber-fame, Cranston quickly made this LBJ bio-play a hot ticket. He’s a shoo-in. Ian McKellen, No Man’s Land — McKellen turned in genius performances in this and Waiting for Godot, but his turn as the seedy Spooner will nab him a nom. Tony Shalhoub, Act One — Gliding effortlessly between playing Moss Hart and his writing partner George S. Kaufman, Shalhoub’s idiosyncratic performance is nom-worthy. Stay tuned for more Tony cheat sheets! FRONTRUNNERS Left to Right: Sarah Greene, The Cripple of Inishmaan — As the ultimate Irish mean girl, Greene got to play vicious, fiery comedy with glee. Don’t count her out. Andrea Martin, Act One — Martin played the aunt who inspired Moss Hart to love the theater. Doesn’t that sound like something nominators will think of fondly? Dearbhla Molloy, Outside Mullingar — Molloy’s unsentimental Irish widow deadpanned her way to a lot of laughs and possibly Tony love. BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUT FRONTRUNNERS Zachary Quinto, The Glass Menagerie — Quinto was deeply affecting as the unreliable narrator of this moving memory play. We hope nominators will remember and give him the nod he deserves. BEST ACTRESS IN A PLAY IN THE MIX BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY FRONTRUNNERS ALSO POSSIBLE Toni Collette, The Realistic Jones; Debra Messing, Outside Mullingar; Condola Rashad, Romeo and Juliet; Marisa Tomei, The Realistic Joneses BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUT BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUT Rachel Weisz, Betrayal — Trembling, flinching, kissing, drinking…no matter what Weisz was doing on stage, it was compelling. We hope nominators will remember her seductive performance. ALSO POSSIBLE Victoria Clark, The Snow Geese; Jayne Houdyshell, Romeo and Juliet; Mary Elizabeth Mastroantonio, The Winslow Boy; Leighton Meester, Of Mice and Men ALSO POSSIBLE James Franco, Of Mice and Men; Michael C. Hall, The Realistic Joneses, Tracy Letts, The Realistic Joneses, Brian F. O’Byrne, Outside Mullingar; Chris O’Dowd, Of Mice and Men; Daniel Radcliffe, The Cripple of Inishmaan; Roger Rees, The Winslow Boy ALSO POSSIBLE Billy Crudup, No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot; Brandon J. Dirden, All the Way; Stephen Fry, Twelfth Night; Shuler Hensley, No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot; Alessandro Nivola, The Winslow Boy; Tom McGowan, Casa Vantina; John McMartin, All the Way; Patrick Page, Casa Valentina; Bobby Steggert, Mothers and Sons Mare Winningham, Casa Valentina — As Rita, the endlessly supportive wife of cross-dresser George, Winningham approaches her character with much warmth and nuance. We hope nominators will recognize her with a nod. Left to Right: Gabriel Ebert, Casa Valentina — As anxious Miranda, Ebert got to show off his range from panicked to giddy to devastated. A nomination for this Tony winner is certainly possible. Peter Maloney, Outside Mullingar — Maloney’s Tony Reilly was both ruthless and tender, and the actor had a moving death scene to boot. He could snag a nom. Jim Norton, Of Mice and Men — As injured ranch handyman Candy, Tony winner Norton made his day-dreaming, suffering character perfectly heart-wrenching. Surely, nominators will keep him in mind. Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night — Was Maria, Olivia’s lady-in-waiting, always this smirky and fun? Chahidi milked every moment and we lapped it up. Dear nominators, please, please, please remember this priceless performance! Left to Right: Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons — Daly mines a complicated and arguably cold character for sympathy and humanity. It’s no small feat and nominators will notice. Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie — Jones brought nuance and pluck to the towering role of Amanda Wingfield, and she won raves from critics and audiences alike. A nom is definitely hers. Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill — This five-time Tony winner keeps audiences rapt with her fully realized embodiment of Billie Holiday. She’s the Audra McDonald; she’ll be nominated! Left to Right: Reed Birney, Casa Valentina — Nominators are sure to honor Birney’s impeccable take on cross-dresser Charlotte, who crusades for her cause while keeping calm in her Chanel suit. Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night — Rylance had audiences howling at his take on repressed noblewoman Olivia. A nomination seems imminent. Brian J. Smith, The Glass Menagerie — Smith found multiple levels to explore in the role of the Gentleman Caller, and he’s bound to be rewarded with a nomination. BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUT Left to Right: Celia Keenan-Bolger, The Glass Menagerie — Keenan-Bolger’s thoughtful take on the delicate, shy Laura Wingfield will not be overlooked. Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun — As the clear-eyed Ruth, Okonedo brings a weary honesty to her role as a tired but strong wife and mother. Her performance will likely be honored. Anika Noni Rose, A Raisin in the Sun — Tony winner Rose’s youthful exuberance in the role of the uncompromising Beneatha is sure to earn her a place among the nominees. Usually when the Tony nominations are announced, the heads around the table at the offices are bobbing up and down in agreement. In other words, we all know (or think we know) what’s what long before the names are read. That’s not the case this year. The 2013-2014 season left so many acting categories wide open that we are really scratching our heads. So, herewith you’ll find a totally unscientific (possibly dead wrong) stab at a Tony forecast, including frontrunners, hopefuls and a Shout Out to actors we hope the nominators will remember. Read on for our Tony cheat sheet for performances in plays! Left to Right: Denzel Washington, A Raisin in the Sun — Perhaps he’s long in the tooth for the role, but a Tony winner that got the President to see the show can’t be ruled out. Samuel Barnett, Twelfth Night — Barnett wowed critics on both sides of the pond as gender-bending (in more ways than one) heroine Viola. A strong contender. Santino Fontana, Act One — Fontana hits all the highs and lows as aspiring young writer Moss Hart, and he never stops moving while doing it. Definitely in the mix! Mark Rylance, Richard III — A two-time Tony winner reigning over Broadway as a manipulative malcontent with a deformity? Catnip for nominators. Patrick Stewart, Waiting for Godot — It’s hard to imagine nominating McKellen without the other half of the world’s most favorite bromance. How to choose between them? BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY FRONTRUNNERS IN THE MIX IN THE MIX BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY View Commentslast_img read more

Garden expo slated

first_imgThe Georgia Mountains Master Gardeners will present their annual garden expo May 15 and 16 at Hancock Park in Dahlonega, Ga. The expo will be held in conjunction with the Mountain Flower Arts Festival. Events both days will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. The expo will include a plant sale, plant clinics, demonstrations, instructional programs, wildflower walks and children’s activities. Several participants will make their own hypertufa planter, perfect for creating a container gardens. Area master gardeners have been busy potting local plants, so expect a large selection of native materials for the sale. The wildflower walks will showcase the new Yahoola Park Trail which includes scenes of native flowers as well as some original gold mines.For more information on the expo and the arts festival, visit the Web site read more

Why some people can’t get a good grip on their finances

first_imgMillionaires pay cash for stuff that you or I would probably have to make payments on. That’s why I’ve never been able to understand how someone with so much could ever end up with so little. But the truth is, it doesn’t matter if you’re working a part-time job at a movie theater or raking in millions of dollars a year as a pro athlete. Some people just can’t manage their money. Here are three reasons why…“I can worry about that later.”: Imagine this scenario: You just graduated college, you’re no longer delivering pizzas, and you just got your first full-time paycheck. How much of that check are you saving? Probably not a lot. You pay a couple of bills and then you get Uber Eats every night. Retirement feels so far away, why worry about it right now? It’s fun to have that mindset for a few months (especially when you don’t have a ton of bills to pay), but time flies, so if you put off your future for too long, you may find yourself in trouble.“That’s awesome, I want it.”: No one would mind having a giant house with an enormous TV and a fancy car in the driveway. It would also be nice to throw a big hootenanny every weekend or spend ridiculous amounts of cash on things you definitely don’t need. But if you can’t afford it, you need to realize that you can’t afford it. It’s time to start operating at or below your means. Pay your bills. Put money away for your future. If you can be more responsible with your money and still save for some cool stuff, by all means have fun with it.“Wait, what?”: Because of social media, most of us probably read, watch, or hear money tips all the time. But a lot of people are still just ignorant to the easy steps they need to take with their finances. If someone you know is unaware of the benefits of a 401k or Roth IRA, tell them about your retirement plans and let them know that it’s time they start planning for their future. 56SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Nassau, Suffolk Police Hosting National Night Out Events

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau and Suffolk county police are inviting the public to visit most precincts Tuesday as a part of the 32nd annual National Night Out, an initiative designed to improve community relations.Besides educating the public on crime prevention, Nassau and Suffolk police hope to strengthen neighborhood spirit as well as unite residents and police during the highly anticipated event—all while having fun.“Last year we had a fantastic turnout off hundreds of local community members who stood up and, came out and supported their community,” said Nassau County Legis. Kevon Abrahams (D-Freeport), the Democratic minority leader. “I look forward to an even bigger and better event this year.”Events inlcude music, bouncy houses, prizes, balloon animals, finger painting, vendors, games, free food and parades, depending upon the precinct.Attendees will have the chance to speak with located elected officials and police officers about pertinent issues and services such as youth-related counseling.Nassau County Schedule:First PrecinctUniondale Fire House, Van Ness Station, 154 Uniondale Ave., Uniondale. 6-9 p.m.First PrecinctVeterans Memorial Park Town Square, Prospect Ave., East Meadow. 8-9:30 p.m.First PrecinctBeth-el AME Church, 420 N. Main St., Freeport. 6-8 p.m.Second PrecinctOyster Bay Town Hall, Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay. 6-9 p.m.Second PrecinctBridge Street , Glen Cove, 6-9 p.m.Third PrecinctJonathan Ielpi Firefighters Park, Grace Ave., Great Neck Plaza. 6-9:30 p.m.Third PrecinctMartin “Bunky” Reid Park, corner Broadway of Railroad Street, New Cassel. 5-9 p.m.Third PrecinctParade assembles at Broad and Brown streets in Williston Park and concludes in Kelleher Park. 6:30-9:30 p.m.Fourth PrecinctCedarhurst Park, corner of Cedarhurst and Summit avenues. 6-10 p.m.Fourth PrecinctGreen Acres Mall, Valley Stream. 6-9 p.m.Seventh PrecinctJohn Burns Park, Massapequa. 7-9 p.m.Suffolk County Schedule:Second PrecinctManor Field Park. East 5th Street, Huntington Station. 5-8 p.m.Third PrecinctTarget, 838 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore. 5-8 p.m.Fourth PrecinctTarget, 98 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack. 5-8 p.m.Sixth PrecinctTarget, 2975 Horseblock Rd., Medford. 5-8 p.m.last_img read more

Shots fired investigation on Washington Avenue in Endicott

first_img—– As of 3:30 p.m., dispatchers and the Endicott Police Department could not confirm any details with 12 News. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — The Endicott Police Department is investigating a shots fired complaint. 7:26 P.M. UPDATE: 12 News has a reporter on scene. Police say the incident took place in a stairway of an apartment building at 25 Washington Avenue in Endicott. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for more information.center_img 3:45 P.M. UPDATE: ENDICOTT (WBNG) — There is a large police presence on Washington Avenue in Endicott Thursday afternoon. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — A 12 News crew reports crime scene tape has been put near 25 Washington Ave. —– The investigation continues to be ongoing. last_img