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January 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgYou know what pics we’re talking about. Regardless of what body parts he’s putting through the Valencia filter, there’s no denying it: James Franco is a busy man. The Of Mice and Men star stopped by The Late Show on May 8 to discuss with David Letterman his transition from performing in front of a camera to in front of an audience, just before heading to the Longacre Theatre for that evening’s show. Franco revealed that he sometimes has to resist the urge to channel his inner LuPone during matinees with student groups: “I love that the students come and watch and they’re very engaged, but they laugh at strange moments.” Turns out, they don’t just laugh, but they also catcall him, during death scenes, no less! And yes, Letterman confronts the star about his questionable selfies, asking, “Honest to God, why?!” His rebuttal? “It’s what the people want!” If you say so, Franco. Surely you’ve learned by now that we’re keeping an eye on your Instagram activity. Take a look at the fun interview below! View Comments Related Shows Of Mice and Men Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 Star Files James Francolast_img read more

January 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img View Comments Dominic Cooper(Photo by Johan Persson) Broadway alum Dominic Cooper back on stage as a debauched 17th century rake? We’re in! He will headline The Libertine, penned by Stephen Jeffreys and directed by Terry Johnson, which is set to play the Theatre Royal Bath this summer before beginning previews at the West End’s Theatre Royal Haymarket on September 22. Opening night is scheduled for September 27 and the limited engagement will play through December 3.John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester (Cooper) is a charismatic poet, playwright and rake with a legendary appetite for excess. Yet this most ardent of hedonists is forced to reconsider everything he thinks and feels when a chance encounter with an actress at the Playhouse sends him reeling. With flair and wit, this wild romp through 1670s London offers an incisive critique of life in an age of excess.Cooper appeared on Broadway in The History Boys; other stage credits include Mother Clap’s Molly House and Phedre. His numerous film credits include The History Boys, The Duchess, My Week with Marilyn, Mamma Mia, Captain America: The First Avenger and the upcoming Preacher. Full casting will be announced later.last_img read more

January 17, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBy Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia scientists are using DNA technology and old-fashioned animal instinct to find the best ways to control wood-destroying carpenter ants.“Carpenter ants are a major pest problem nationwide,” said Dan Suiter, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “They cause significant damage each year.”Wood-chewersUnlike termites, carpenter ants don’t eat wood. They chew it. “They expand it into a nest gallery that looks like Swiss cheese,” Suiter said. “Then they live in the galleries.” Carpenter ants are big and black and live mostly in trees, he said. In the Northeast, carpenter ants destroy more wood than termites.Based on the UGA Griffin, Ga., campus, Suiter and CAES genetic entomologist Tracie Jenkins test baits designed to kill the ants. They are monitoring 20 sites in the local city park because the hardwood trees there replicate those found in a typical suburban neighborhood. They monitor the test sites at night when the ants forage for food.Huge and nocturnal“During the day, they live up in the leaves and in hollowed-out tree holes and knotholes,” Jenkins said. “At night, they come down, and you can literally see the well-worn foraging trails they habitually use.”Ant samples are taken from the park back to the laboratory where Jenkins uses DNA biotechnology to determine the ants’ lineage or family relationships, which form colony structure.“We assume each colony has a single queen, so knowing the queen’s maternal fingerprint will help us track her progenies’ movements,” she said. “The winged ants are the ones that mate. We’ve discovered colonies that are physically far apart can actually be descended from the same female queen.”Once a colony’s genetic structure and movements are known, Suiter and Jenkins can develop management strategies and determine which baits are effective.Families don’t fightTo find out if colonies are related, Suiter said, you can also do what he calls “ant behavioral studies.”He places ants from different sites in a Petri dish. The ants that fight each other are not related.“The ants have colony-specific smells on their bodies,” Suiter said. Ants pick fights by using their antennae to spar, he said. Then it gets aggressive. “They grab each other by a leg, and one will take another’s leg off,” he said. “Then they lock jaws and do a circle-dance.”Deadly acidThen somebody brings out the heavy artillery.“Carpenter ants can spray formic acid,” Suiter said. “So, the first one to turn around and spray formic acid is the winner. It’s like getting a face full of tear gas, and they have to be very irritated to do it.”After six months have passed, Suiter and Jenkins will return to the test sites at the park. If they find ants, they will again take samples and run DNA analyses to determine if the ants are from the same colony that initially occupied the site.“We want to eliminate the ants in a colony by using the baits, then go back and see if the ants that come back are from the same colony,” he said. “To truly know how well the baits work, we have to know if the same colony of ants or a different colony move in after we eliminate the first colony.”To see carpenter ants, go outside after 9 p.m. armed with a flash light. “You may see a couple in the daytime, but you’ll see hundreds if not thousands at night,” Suiter said.last_img read more

January 17, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBy Judy HarrisonUniversity of GeorgiaJust because your mother and her mother before her treated food a certain way doesn’t mean it’s the safest way. It’s time to bust some common myths about keeping food safe at home. Myth: Once a hamburger turns brown in the middle it is cooked to a safe temperature. Fact: You cannot use visual cues to determine whether food has been cooked to a safe internal temperature. The only way to tell for sure is to use a food thermometer. Ground meats should reach at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Ground poultry should reach at least 165 F.Myth: Lemon juice and salt will clean and sanitize a cutting board.Fact: Instead of using lemon juice and salt, to kill bacteria, people should use a solution of chlorine bleach and water. Sanitizing is the process of reducing the number of microorganisms that are on a properly cleaned surface to a safe level, reducing the risk of foodborne illness. The most effective way to do this is with a solution of unscented chlorine bleach and water. To clean and sanitize a cutting board, first wash it with hot, soapy water and rinse. Then prepare a solution of 1 tablespoon chlorine bleach per gallon of water or 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach per quart of water. Let the bleach solution stand on the surface for at least one minute, either by spraying it on or immersing the board in the solution. Allow the board to air-dry or dry it with a clean paper towel. Myth: You should not put hot food in the refrigerator.Fact: Hot food can be placed directly in the refrigerator. A large pot of soup or stew should be divided into several smaller portions in shallow containers for quicker cooling in the refrigerator. Bacteria can multiply rapidly when foods are left at room temperature for more than two hours. Always follow the two-hour rule, and refrigerate perishable foods at 40 F or colder before it expires. If the food is left out where temperatures are 90 F or hotter, refrigerate foods after an hour. Myth: Putting chicken in a colander and rinsing it with water will remove bacteria like salmonella.Fact: Rinsing poultry will not remove all the bacteria. In fact, rinsing can spread the raw juices around your sink, onto your countertops and around your kitchen. Cross-contamination can then be a problem. Other foods can become contaminated with bacteria when they come in contact with these juices. Thorough cooking kills bacteria. Bacteria in raw meat and poultry are killed when the food is cooked to a safe internal temperature. Cook poultry until the internal temperature reaches at least 165 F. Save yourself the messiness of rinsing.To keep your food safe, remember these steps: clean, separate, cook and chill. That’s a fact!(Judy Harrison is a food safety specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.)last_img read more

December 31, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s biggest smartphone maker, joined on Thursday a growing list of companies that are promising to increase their use of solar and other renewable energy to help curb global warming. Samsung, part of South Korea’s biggest corporate group, is the first Asian electronics manufacturer to join a movement spearheaded by Apple Inc. and other Silicon Valley companies.The South Korean tech giant said it would use more renewable energy at factories and other operations in the United States, Europe and China but still would rely on local power grids that use fossil fuels and, to compensate for that, would buy credits from outside renewable energy suppliers. The company said it had not determined which providers it might use.Other companies that have joined the renewable energy pledge, dubbed RE 100, include automakers General Motors Co. and BMW AG and a handful of other manufacturers. Most are in less energy-intensive technology and service industries.The maker of Galaxy smartphones faces bigger challenges due to its vast factory network in more than 30 countries, while many of the Silicon Valley names on the list rely on outside contractors for manufacturing.The company faced growing pressure from clients for its manufacturing services, some of whom had called on their suppliers to make a similar commitment. Apple, a major customer for Samsung’s chips and display panels, said in April it would push its supply chain to switch to renewable energy.Samsung gave no renewable energy target for facilities in its home country of South Korea, where about three quarters of the energy comes from coal and nuclear power. It also declined to give a target for Vietnam, which has become its largest manufacturing base for smartphones.More: Samsung joins global pledge to increase renewable energy use Samsung joins corporate renewable energy pushlast_img read more

December 30, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img“It was a face I’d seen a thousand times at every Derby I’d been to.  I saw it, in my head, as the mask of the whiskey gentry – a pretentious mix of booze, failed dreams, and a terminal identity crisis; the inevitable result of too much inbreeding in a closed an ignorant culture.”– Hunter S. ThompsonWhen Lauren Staley Morrow came across this quote from Hunter S. Thompson, she envisioned being in a band called The Whiskey Gentry.  Within two years, that vision was a reality.  By 2009, Paste Magazine had tabbed them as “The Best of What’s Next,” and the band has since hit the studio twice with vaunted producer John Keane to record 2011’s Please Make Welcome and Holly Grove, which just dropped yesterday.At the heart of The Whiskey Gentry are Lauren and her husband, Jason.  The two of them were kind enough to play our own version of The Newlywed Game.  Each of them – independently – answered the questions below and sent them in.  After reading them, it seems like they are a pretty good match.TM – You guys just finished a jaunt through Belgium and France with your band.  Who orders better off the menu in French?Lauren – I do, of course.  I took a little bit of French in middle school.  That aside, Jason is the worst ever at accents, so this is an easy win for me.Jason – From the band, it would have to be Rurik, our fiddle player.  He’s fluent in French.  The two of us are horrible, but If I had to pick one, it would be Lauren.TM – You two like tattoos.  Who has the best single tattoo?  Bonus points if you tell where it is.Jason – It’s got to be Lauren’s Detroit tattoo.  It’s supposed to be an old English L, but it looks like a Detroit Tigers’ D.  She is probably going to say mine of her holding the Tennessee flag.Lauren – Jason does and it is on his arm.  It’s a tattoo of a Tennessee flag and a girl who looks just like me.TM – Is your other half more whiskey or more gentry?Lauren – Oh, he’s DEFINITELY more whiskey than me.  I didn’t even like whiskey before we started this band.Jason – She is definitely more gentry.  I’m going to call the whiskey side for myself.TM – Between home life and life on the road, you guys are in the car together.  A lot.  Worse back seat driver?Lauren – Probably me.  Actually, definitely me.  I’m kind of a nervous wreck in the car and I’m always telling Jason how to drive.  He LOVES that.Jason – Lauren for sure.  She panics, tells me to stop tapping the brakes, she always has to pull over to pee.  Absolutely Lauren.TM – What makes your other half so damned awesome?Jason – The fact that she loves my dog and me.  We’re both stinky.Lauren – Jason has always encouraged me and prevented me from quitting no matter how hard I get on myself.  He makes me laugh and he’s my best friend.  And he’s pretty cute, too.Lauren, Jason, and the rest of The Whiskey Gentry are hard on the road supporting the release of Holly Grove.  After a couple dates in the Northeast this week, you can catch the band all weekend at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion ( and in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Midpoint Music Festival ( on September 28th.  For more information on the band and other tour dates, check out can also hear a track from The Whiskey Gentry on this month’s Trail Mix.If you are interested in getting your hands on a Holly Grove  swag pack, which includes a copy of the new record, a hat, and tee shirt, take a shot at the trivia question down below.  Remember to email your answer to [email protected]  A winner will be chosen from all correct answers received by noon tomorrow (Thursday, September 12th).Good luck!Question – In what Hunter S. Thompson short story did Lauren find the quote above?last_img read more

October 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

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October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img“I will fail as a responsible husband if I don’t sell everything I have for the sake of my wife and my late child,” Endi wrote on his Twitter account on Feb. 10. “I don’t demand a lot of things. I just want relevant institutions and agencies not to be negligent.”As of Monday afternoon, Endi had raised around Rp 109 million (US$7,900) from a total of Rp 130 million needed for Israni’s hospital treatment on crowdfunding platform KitaBisa.Endi has been trying to seek a response from the local administration. However, up until Monday, he and his wife had not received any compensation from authorities for the incident that, he said, had “ruined his dream of starting a little family”.“The Sleman Social Agency wanted to provide compensation of a maximum of Rp 20 million for the cost of the ICU, but it later withdrew the offer because my wife and I were identified as Yogyakarta City residents on our IDs. The deputy regent of Sleman did pay us a visit and offered some personal compensation but did not discuss what happened to me and my wife that day any further,” he said.Endi added that he demanded that relevant agencies pay more attention to the condition of old trees along the roadsides. He hopes there will be no more victims experiencing such tragic incidents.“Relevant institutions and agencies need to be more sensitive to this matter because there are lots of big, old trees in Yogyakarta. [During the incident the other day], there was no rain, no strong winds, yet the tree suddenly fell,” Endi said. (syk)Topics : A man from Bantul, Yogyakarta, has started a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for the medical expenses of his wife who suffered multiple fractures after a 10-meter-tall tree fell on her while she was eight months pregnant.Endi Yogananta and his wife, Israni Silvia, both 26, stopped at a traffic light on Jl. Wates, Gamping, Sleman, on Feb. 5 at around 10:30 p.m., when the tree fell without warning, weather conditions were fine at time. Five other people, including an 8-year-old, who suffered minor injuries, were also injured in the incident.Endi only suffered bruises on his legs, but Israni suffered severe injuries and was rushed to hospital where she was treated for abdominal and pelvic injuries. At the hospital, doctors recommended an immediate caesarean section, but unfortunately, the baby died hours after birth.last_img read more

October 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 11 Jul 2020 9:54 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link884Shares Mourinho and Arteta will face off on Sunday (Picture: Bongarts/Getty)‘Neither of them are going to finish in the top four this season but there’s more chance of Spurs doing that next season than Arsenal.‘Over a 38-game season, with the squads they have, and if everyone stays fit, I’d be surprised if Arsenal finish above Tottenham.‘I saw Arsenal against Leicester and they impressed me. But I liked what I saw from Spurs against Everton as well.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Merson thinks Spurs will fare better than Arsenal next season (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson believes Arsenal are ‘a bit behind’ rivals Tottenham Hotspur and backed Jose Mourinho’s team to finish higher in the Premier League next season.The two north London clubs will meet on Sunday afternoon, with both still in contention for a Europa League spot next season.Neither will qualify for the Champions League this season but both will hope to turn their fortunes around in the next campaign. Arsenal head into the clash in better form having won four of their last five matches, with Spurs only winning twice in the same number of fixtures. ADVERTISEMENTBut despite their improvements under Mikel Arteta, Merson admitted he’d be ‘surprised’ if Arsenal finished above Spurs next season.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Sunday’s derby is a close one to call. But I think Arsenal are a bit behind Tottenham,’ Merson wrote in the Daily Star. Arsenal or Spurs? Paul Merson predicts who will finish higher in the Premier League next season Advertisementlast_img read more

October 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgGovernor Wolf Supports Marsy’s Law for Crime Victims Constitutional Amendment April 11, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today backed Marsy’s Law, which proposes a state constitutional amendment securing permanent, enforceable rights of victims.“It is important for us all to reflect on how we can improve the lives of crime victims in Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “Marsy’s Law will amend the state constitution to provide crime victims with equal protections and participation in the process. Victims and their families deserve equity. I thank the Senate for approving this bill unanimously and I urge the General Assembly to continue advancing Marsy’s Law.”The proposed amendment stipulates that there be notice of hearings and other proceedings, protection from the accused, notice of release or escape, full and timely restitution, proceedings free from delays and with prompt conclusion, the ability to confer with the government’s attorney and information on all of these rights.The Senate recently advanced Senate Bill 1011 unanimously and sent it to the House. The bill is also supported by Pennsylvania’s Office of Victim Advocate and the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.“While Pennsylvania stands out as a leader in victim service delivery and protective legislation, we are one of only 15 states that do not have constitutional amendments for victims,” said Jennifer Storm, Pennsylvania Victim Advocate. “We have many laws that offer meaningful opportunities for victim engagement, but no enforcement of those laws. Marsy’s Law would seek to uphold the promises our legislature and the Wolf Administration have made when passing laws to protect victims, by also enforcing them.”Governor Wolf also announced that the Capitol building in Harrisburg will be lit purple in honor for Crime Victims’ Rights Week.last_img read more