OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 09: Alysa Liu, 13, of Richmond, stretches before she practices her technical program with her coach Laura Lipetsky at Oakland Ice Center in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Liu’s technical program includes three triple axels and is heading to the U.S. figure skating championship in Detroit from Jan. 24 to 27. She is the youngest skater in the history to complete in the 3 1/2-rotation jump. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 09: Alysa Liu, 13, center of Richmond, watches a video as she is ready her technical program practice with her coach Laura Lipetsky, not pictured, at Oakland Ice Center in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Liu’s technical program includes three triple axels and is heading to the U.S. figure skating championship in Detroit from Jan. 24 to 27. She is the youngest skater in the history to complete in the 3 1/2-rotation jump. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) … [Read more...] about Is this Bay Area teen about to redefine international figure skating?
Aquaman debuts in Orlando Aquaman now has a home on dry land in Florida. A replica of the DC Comics superhero, as portrayed on the big screen by Jason Momoa, now stands in Madame Tussauds Orlando, the wax-figure attraction on International Drive. Aquaman is the star of the final scene of the Justice League: A Call for Heroes exhibit that debuted earlier this year. Visitors can grasp the character’s trident to activate special effects including a swelling soundtrack, splashy projections and a light misting of water. The costume is textured, and, as with all Tussauds figures, it’s OK for guests to touch them. The special effects trigger easily — a graze of the finger onto the trident, really — although using two hands makes for a better photo. This enables visitors to help defeat supervillain Lex Luthor. The exhibit opened with Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman already in action. Orlando Sentinel Millennials get insurance More travelers are expected to buy travel … [Read more...] about Travel briefs: Aquaman now a wax figure; best airlines for families
Eric D. Lawrence Detroit Free Press Published 10:52 AM EST Nov 7, 2018 Two figures in the ongoing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles/UAW training center scandal each got a year in prison Wednesday. A key FCA official, controller Jerome Durden, was to be sentenced later Wednesday morning in the scandal. U.S. District Court Judge Paul Borman sentenced Michael Brown and Keith Mickens each to one year and one day in prison, ordered $10,000 fines and a year of supervised release after their prison time. Mickens was the first UAW leader sentenced in the case. Federal prosecutors said FCA and its executives gave millions of dollars to the UAW and union leaders to influence contract bargaining. Both the company and UAW, however, insist the case was the work of bad actors rather than a reflection of their culture. FCA calls itself "a victim of illegal conduct by certain rogue individuals." Brown, 60, was first up Wednesday. Borman sentenced him to … [Read more...] about Two officials gets 1 year in prison in FCA, UAW scandal
By Fernando Ramirez Updated 11:32 am CDT, Tuesday, September 25, 2018 >>> See historical figures and personalities that are on the chopping block for Texas' curriculum. >>> See historical figures and personalities that are on the chopping block for Texas' curriculum. Photo: Bert Hardy / Getty Images John Tower1925-1991 Details: First Republican U.S. Senator from Texas since the end of the Civil War. He served in the Senate between 1961 and 1985. Taught in: Grade 4 John Tower 1925-1991 Details: First Republican U.S. Senator from Texas since the end of the Civil War. He served in the Senate between 1961 and 1985. Taught in: Grade 4 Photo: CURTIS MCGEE, CHRONICLE James A. Baker III1930- Details: White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan. He was born in Houston, Texas. … [Read more...] about Historical figures that might be cut from Texas’ curriculum
There are two queues outside “Springsteen on Broadway” at the Walter Kerr Theatre. One is a winding line of people waiting to go through TSA-like security. The other is an amorphous scrum by the stage door hoping to glimpse Bruce Springsteen when he arrives. It’s not easy getting a ticket to Springsteen’s limited Manhattan run — or even getting into the theater with a ticket because of its strict rules, including no cellphone usage until the curtain call. With fewer and fewer original musicals on the horizon, Broadway seems to have figured out a way to attract theatergoers: Turn to well-known music that baby boomers love. Sparked by the enduring success of the Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons’ biography “Jersey Boys” and the Abba-propelled “Mamma Mia,” this past Broadway season saw musicals featuring the songs of Jimmy Buffett, Donna Summer and Springsteen. The formula is working for Broadway — the 2017-18 season … [Read more...] about On Broadway: Shows that highlight music beloved by baby boomers, from Springsteen to Jimmy Buffett and Donna Summer