The Two-Character Play, Starring Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif, to Close Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows View Comments The Two-Character Play Directed by Gene David Kirk, The Two-Character Play tells the story of Clare and Felice, a pair of actor siblings who find themselves abandoned by the rest of their troupe while on tour. Vowing to perform nevertheless for their expectant audience, the duo embarks on enacting a two-character play that Felice has written, but reality and fantasy become increasingly intertwined in this haunting, provocative and funny Williams classic. Below, watch Dourif offer up his own take on what makes this lesser-known Williams drama so memorable:center_img The critically acclaimed mounting of Tennessee Williams’ rarely performed drama The Two-Character Play will end its run at off-Broadway’s New World Stages on September 29. The two-hander, which stars Tony winner Amanda Plummer and Oscar nominee Brad Dourif, opened on June 19. The creative team includes scenic design by Alice Walkling, costume design by Lara DeBruijn, sound design by Phillip Hewitt, lighting design by Jake Fine and fight choreography by Rick Sordelet. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 29, 2013last_img read more

Canadian charged in US airport attack investigated as terror

first_img FLINT, Mich. (AP) A Canadian man shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck Wednesday at a Michigan airport, and referenced people being killed overseas during the attack that’s now being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal officials said.Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Quebec, was immediately taken into custody. A criminal complaint charging him with committing violence at an airport says Ftouhi asked an officer who subdued him why the officer didn’t kill him.The attack at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, is being investigated as an act of terrorism, but authorities have no indication at this time that the suspect was involved in a “wider plot,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge David Gelios.“At this time we view him as a lone-wolf attacker,” Gelios said. “We have no information to suggest any training.”The criminal complaint says Ftouhi stabbed airport police Lt. Jeff Neville with a large knife after yelling “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.” According to the FBI, Ftouhi said something similar to “you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die.”More charges against Ftouhi could be filed as prosecutors take the case to a grand jury seeking an indictment, Gelios said.Neville was in satisfactory condition after initially being in critical condition, airport police Chief Chris Miller said at a late afternoon news conference where the charge against Ftouhi was announced.The attack occurred just before 10 a.m., prompting officials to evacuate and shut down the airport and add security elsewhere in the Michigan city about 50 miles northwest of Detroit. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump was briefed on the stabbing.In Canada, police were searching a Montreal apartment. Montreal police spokesman Benoit Boiselle said officers with their department were assisting the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the search on behalf of an FBI request. A number of police stood guard outside the apartment building in the east end of Montreal located on Bélair St. in St-Michel borough. Canadian TV footage showed police escorting at least one person from the building where Ftouhi is believed to have lived.Gelios said Ftouhi legally entered the U.S. at Champlain, New York, on June 16 and made his way to the Flint airport on Wednesday morning.Ftouhi spent some time in public, unsecured areas of the airport before going to a restroom where he dropped two bags before attacking the officer with a 12-inch knife that had an 8-inch serrated blade, Gelios said.Ftouhi never went through any security screening, Gelios said. He described Ftouhi as “cooperative” and talking to investigators.Witnesses described seeing the suspect being led away as Neville was bleeding, a knife on the ground.“The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck,” Ken Brown told The Flint Journal. “I said they need to get him a towel.”Cherie Carpenter, who was awaiting a flight to Texas to see her new grandchild, told Flint TV station WJRT she saw the attacker being led away in handcuffs. She described the man in custody as appearing “blank, just totally blank.”Miller, the airport chief, said Neville “fought him to the end,” managing to stop the stabbing and bring Ftouhi to the ground as Miller and other officers arrived to help.After the stabbing, officials stationed police officers at Flint City Hall a few miles away. Mayor Karen Weaver said in a release the situation was “under control” but that officials sought to take “extra precautions.”Genesee County Commissioner Mark Young, a friend of Neville’s who retired from the county sheriff’s office in 1997, said Neville left that department two years after him. He said Neville served in various capacities with the sheriff’s office including in the jail, on road patrol and as a court officer.Neville retired from the sheriff’s office as a lieutenant. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: June 21, 2017 6:56 PM EDT Updated: June 21, 2017 8:34 PM EDT SHARE Canadian charged in US airport attack investigated as terror last_img read more

Farmington vape biz gets second ticket for selling to minors

first_imgA downtown Farmington retailer has received a second citation for selling nicotine-based vape products to minors.An 18-year-old clerk at V.I.P Vape and Smoke Shop, 33317 Grand River, sold to an underage decoy during a December 17 compliance check. Police issued the Dearborn resident a local ordinance violation, which carries a $250 fine.Public Safety Director Frank Demers said 10 other businesses known to sell vape products passed the test.“The public safety department is committed to ensuring that businesses that sell vape products are doing so according to state laws and local ordinances,” he said. “In an effort to ensure compliance, we routinely enlist the help of underage decoys, who are paired up with a plain-clothed officer, to go into these businesses to attempt to purchase vape products.”VIP Vape and Smoke was also cited in August of 2018 for selling tobacco products to an underage decoy.“Underage use of nicotine-based vape products is a problem in our community, particularly among our school-aged population,” Demers said. “Based on VIP Vape and Smoke’s past history of violations, it’s clear that they have established a pattern of non-compliance with laws to reduce underage use and possession of vape products and, as a result, they are contributing to the vape problem in our community.”Demers commended the following businesses for compliance with the law:• Tweeny’s Deli – 34707 Grand River Avenue• The Smoke Don – 34785 Grand River Avenue• Mobil Gas & 7-11 – 35355 Grand River Avenue• Marathon Gas – 32340 Grand River Avenue• Sunoco Gas – 31233 Grand River Avenue• Valero Gas – 33330 8 Mile Road• Shell Gas – 37375 Grand River• Johnny Weekend – 31632 Grand River• Great Lakes Vapor – 31505 Grand River Avenue• Antonio’s Liquor – 22804 Orchard Lake Road Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

9-year-old marksman awes in Camp Delgado shootfest

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’9-year-old marksman awes in Camp Delgado shootfest ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By Rhick Lars Vladimer Albay[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]ILOILO City – Nine-year-old Ilonggo sharp-shooter Paolo Antonio Tan, the youngest participant of the Camp Delgado Firing Range Inaugural Shoot, brought down the competition to emerge as the Junior Singlestack champion during the shootfest held at the police base near Fort San Pedro from Oct. 28 to 30.The competition, hosted by the Central Iloilo Practical Shooting Association in cooperation with the Philippine Shooters and Match Officers Confederation, welcomed 215 participants from all over the country to christen the newly-expanded Camp Delgado shooting range.The inaugural shoot boasted 11 shooting bays with 11 pistol stages and three 3-gun stages.With the arrival of Police Regional Office 6 director Chief Superintendent Jose Gentiles in July, he sought adding six additional shooting bays to the existing five of the Camp Delgado range. Gentiles has expressed that he plans to expand the facility even more in the near future.“Magdagdag pa tayo ng seven more para maging 18 lahat at maka-host tayo ng national level matches,” said Gentiles. “Maraming salamat sa lahat ng sumoporta at sumali sa larong ito.”Team ROPD A, composed of PCI Louie Barrientos, SPO1 Vincent Pendon and PO3 John Baylosis, emerged as the Philippine National Police overall squad champion.The division winners are GM Nelson Uygongco (Limited 3gun and Stock Hi Cap Pistol), Virmari Tan (Unlimited 3gun), Manuel Chua (Unlimited Pistol), Jim Calma (Single Stack Pistol), Superintendent Adonis Rosales (Limited 10 Pistol), Martin Chua (Double Action Pistol), and George Go (Revolver).Meanwhile, the other category winners are Melchor Escaba (SSR Hi Cap), Neil Westly Dellota (Junior Hi Cap), Carl Ian Morano (Junior Double Action), Bai Lonzaga (Single Stack Senior), Charlotte May Juplo (Lady Single Stack), and PO2 Sherry Anne Silverio (Double Action Lady)./PN [/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

Steelers, RB Le’Veon Bell fail to reach long-term deal

first_imgLE’VEON BELLPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers and star running back Le’Veon Bell failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract, meaning Bell will play on a one-year tender this season.Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on Bell in March and had until Monday afternoon to work out a new deal. Bell instead will make $12.1 million this season, the average of the five highest-paid running backs in the league.Bell could become an unrestricted free agent next spring or the Steelers could place the franchise tag on him a second time. General manager Kevin Colbert says the team will “resume its efforts” to re-sign Bell next offseason.The 25-year-old Bell ran for 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns and caught another 75 passes in 12 games for Pittsburgh in 2016.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Seagulls stunned by the Munro and Langley show

first_imgBy Nick Creely SOUTH EAST FOOTBALL NETBALL LEAGUE REVIEW – ROUND 4 (SPLIT ROUND) Questions were raised after Beaconsfield notched…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Nature comes alive for kids

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS KOOWEERUP Community Garden was a place of fun and discovery over the weekend as families got together…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Smoke Eaters Acquire Forward Corey Clifton From Surrey

first_imgThe Trail Smoke Eaters Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce the team has acquired forward Corey Clifton (’99) from the Surrey Eagles in exchange for defenseman Jimmy Darby (’01).Clifton, 20, spent the 2018/19 season with the Eagles, collecting 7 goals and 18 assists for 25 points in a career-high 50 games played, which was good for 5th in scoring for Surrey during the season. Before his time in the BC Hockey League, the 5’10”, 180-pound left-hand shot played with the North Jersey Avalanche U18 team while also getting into 8 games with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League (USHL) where he tallied two assists.The Matawan, New Jersey native has hockey running deep in his family as both of his older brothers have worked their way into the pro ranks. Connor is currently playing for a Stanley Cup as a member of the Boston Bruins blue line while the eldest of the three, Tim, has played three seasons in the San Jose Sharks organization. Corey, as his brothers have previously, is set to attend Quinnipiac University and hit the ice as a Bobcat in the fall of 2020.“Corey is going to add another layer to the depth of our forward group,” commented Smoke Eaters General Manager and Head Coach Jeff Tambellini, “He is an explosive skater who can make plays and has the courage to get to the net to score goals. I believe Corey’s playing style and experience is really going to complement our current forward group. I’m excited to build his game and prepare him to step into Quinnipiac University the following season.”Darby, 18, played in 42 games with the Smoke Eaters, earning a goal and five assists for six points to go along with 24 penalty minutes. The North Vancouver, BC native played two seasons with the Vancouver North West Giants before coming to Trail.The Smoke Eaters would like to welcome Corey and his family to the organization as well as the City of Trail and thank Jimmy for his contributions to the team as well as the city. Clifton and the rest of the Smoke Eaters will be in Trail for the team’s Main Camp at the end of August while season tickets for the 2019/20 campaign are available for purchase at the Smoke Eaters office, which is open 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday-Friday as well as online at www.shop.trailsmokeeaters.com.last_img read more

Rise And Smile Election Special – Tierney Talks

first_imgAs the General Election approaches, Ollie Turner got the opinions of politicians Paul Connaughton (Snr), Catherine Connolly, Eamon O Cuiv and Michael Fitzmaurice on some of the important issues of the day. (All characters played by Tierney Talks). print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Ask.com: What differentiates it from Google?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Other Features & ConclusionAsk.com also says it does social search, but rather than rely on user tagging – whichthey say is only popular in niche tech circles (e.g. del.icio.us and Flickr) – Ask.comlets its algorithm do the work. It does this by breaking terms down into groups andpresenting the results to the user. If you do asearch on gardening for example, you’ll see how it is broken down into multiplecategories.Ask.com also has the usual search portal (circa 2006) features – mobile, maps, news,blogs, binoculars (page preview), etc. There are subtle differences in all of thosefeatures when compared to Google, Yahoo and MSN. But ultimately I have to ask (pardon thepun): is Ask.com ‘next generation’ enough to challenge the big 3 plus AOL?I do like the concept of ExpertRank and their willingness to get as much useful infoon the first page of search results as possible. It seems like an innovative approach andcertainly differentiates Ask from Google.But when it comes down to it, the results I see aren’t sufficiently differentto make me want to change. I suspect a lot of Google’s 50%+ market share of users feelsthe same. Ask.com is still a successful business though, even if they don’t manage tomake great inroads into the market. I’m sure Ask is not crying into its milk about being5th. I was told that currently over 20% of Ask’s entire search terms – and hundreds ofcategories – have a Smart Answer.Comparison of Ask with GoogleIf you compare Ask.com to Google, there are immediately some noticeable differences.An obvious one is that Ask.com puts its advertisements within the main content pane,instead of in a separate right-hand pane like Google does. So when you do a generalsearch in Ask, the right-hand pane is sometimes occupied by advanced search options. AlsoAsk often has their ‘smart answers’ (see above) at the top of the main pane. The effectof all this is to give the user more immediately useful information – and drill downoptions – on the first page of results. This is what Jim Lanzone meant at Web 2.0 Summitwhen hesaid that “Ask.com enables users to do more, faster.”Below are a couple of screenshots, showing a search on “new zealand” in Ask, followedby the same query in Google: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… During the Web 2.0 Summit, I got a chanceto sit down with the team at Ask.com and find out moreabout their search engine. This was straight after a Summit session entitled ‘DisruptionOpportunity: Beating Google at Their Own Game’ – in which Ask CEO Jim Lanzone and SeniorVP of the Online Services Group at Microsoft (and ex-Ask CEO) Steve Berkowitz discussedwith John Battelle how they are competing with Google. R/WW’s coverage of thatsession ishere.Letting the stats do the talking…Whenever I talk to or meet Ask.com people, I always get the feeling they are a littlepissed off at the lack of attention they get from blogs. To compensate, out come thestats to prove how big they are. For example, they often make a point of saying thatAsk.com is the 5th biggestsearch engine in theUS – behind Google, Yahoo, MSN and AOL. Also, Jim mentioned during the Summit sessionthat Ask is the 7thbiggest web property in the US – ahead of the likes of Amazon, NY Times andApple.So there’s no doubting that Ask.com is a significant player in the Web business – andI agree they don’t get their due for that. But what about the actual product – theAsk.com search engine. How does it stack up? I spoke to the team and took the searchengine for a test drive to find out…What really differentiates Ask from Google?I asked this of the Ask.com team, in our hallway meeting at the Summit. They told methat Ask’s technology “looks at the Web differently”. Whereas Google’s PageRank ranks itssearch results by popularity, Ask has something it calls “ExpertRank”. Essentially thisis an automated search algorithm (like Google has), but on top of that results areordered using topic communities and the editorial functions that create ‘Smart Answers’.While the ExpertRank formula is a secret sauce that Ask.com won’t divulge, they do saythat the top results in searches are determined by expertise – and not popularity. As itstates on their helppages:“Identifying topics (also known as “clusters”), the experts on those topics, and thepopularity of millions of pages amongst those experts — at the exact moment your searchquery is conducted — requires many additional calculations that other search engines donot perform.”Smart AnswersI was curious to know how ‘smart answers’ are determined. For a start, they don’t popup on every search result – for example a search for “richard macmanus” displays myprimary RSS feed at the top of the page, instead of a smart answer. The Ask team told methat smart answers are editorially done – and is a reminder of their natural languagepast. If you recall, Ask Jeeves (as it used to be known before the butler was fired, er Imean de-commissioned) started out as a search engine where you could ask a naturallanguage question – e.g. “what the heck is web 2.0?” – and get back a good answer. SmartAnswers is an extension of that philosophy of providing a natural language answer to auser’s search query. It does this by a combination of automated data mining and humaneditorial. But the human editors don’t physically write the answers, I was told – ratherthey act as aggregators and filters.center_img richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#search#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more