This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 5 NEW YORK - Call it the Music of the Knight. Andrew Lloyd Webber, a.k.a. Lord Lloyd-Webber Kt (as in Knight-Bachelor), was pressed into service by his king, HRH Charles III. The kind of service the composer of "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Evita" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" knows best. His Majesty wanted a song. Or not so much a song as a composition - of a sort fit for, well, a king. For the day of his coronation, in Westminster Abbey, on May 6 in the year of our Lord 2023. So it came to pass that Lloyd Webber set down a melody to Psalm 98, the one that goes, aptly enough, "O sing to the Lord a new song." Then he gathered together his flock - "half the kids in my office," he said - and with them the Lord he madeth a demo; the Lord in this case being Lloyd Webber. To a Yank's way of thinking, it is quite the thing for a Broadway composer to turn court … [Read more...] about King Charles needed a coronation song. He summoned Andrew Lloyd Webber.
10 charged in Irvo Otieno’s death at mental hospital
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) — Video from a state mental hospital shows a Black Virginia man who was handcuffed and shackled being pinned to the ground by deputies who are now facing second-degree murder charges in his death, according to relatives of the man and their attorneys who viewed the footage Thursday. Speaking at a news conference shortly after watching the video with a local prosecutor, the family and attorneys condemned the brutal treatment they said Irvo Otieno, 28, was subjected to, first at a local jail and then at the state hospital where authorities say he died March 6 during the admission process. They called on the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene in the case, saying Otieno's constitutional rights were clearly violated. “What I saw today was heartbreaking, America. It was disturbing. It was traumatic. My son was tortured," said … [Read more...] about 10 charged in Irvo Otieno’s death at mental hospital
Why Houston Grand Opera hits a high note for the city’s culture
Opera, an Italian word that means "work," originated in Italy in the late 16th century and has since spread worldwide. The dramatic performances combine storytelling, stagecraft and music to transport viewers to another time and place. Done without microphones, opera singers must amplify their voices to fill the vast performing halls and capture audiences' attention. Despite the stereotype of well-heeled aristocrats peering at a stage through opera glasses, these theatrical productions are now a popular pastime for people of all ages and backgrounds. Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has been a part of Houston's lively performance scene for nearly 70 years and has gained a reputation as one of the leading opera companies in the world. The company comprises opera singers, performers, dancers, musicians, set builders and costume designers who all work together to bring each production to life. HGO has become part of the fabric of the city's cultural vibrancy, introducing thousands of … [Read more...] about Why Houston Grand Opera hits a high note for the city’s culture
Effort to recall New Orleans’ first female mayor fails
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The effort to recall Democratic New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has failed, following an official count of petition signatures released by the Louisiana governor’s office Tuesday. Although the petition sheets contained over 67,000 signatures, most where declared invalid by the registrar. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that only 27,243 of the signatures were valid — falling about 18,000 short of what was needed to force a referendum. Signatures can be rejected for a multitude of reasons including, if they are dated after the deadline, the title page is mislabeled, there is erroneous information or profanity, if the person is out-of-parish or if the signature is a duplicate. “My administration has always remained focused on addressing the real pressing issues that face our city,” Cantrell said in a statement to WAFB-TV. “Now, with the divisiveness of the … [Read more...] about Effort to recall New Orleans’ first female mayor fails
We need to get to the moon by 2024. Will this rocket be able to take us there?
The rocket that is meant to bring Americans back to the moon in 2024 recently suffered yet another setback , as a major test of its engines ended in failure after only 67 seconds, according to Jeff Froust at SpaceNews. On Thursday, another dry run will offer an opportunity for redemption. SPACE CLUTTER: SpaceX is dimming the stars in the night sky The Space Launch System (SLS) is supposed to be for NASA today what the Saturn V was for the space agency in the '60s and '70s: the workhorse. NASA used the Saturn V to launch 12 out of the 15 Apollo missions, including all those that took astronauts to the Moon. Similarly, the SLS will be the launch vehicle for the Artemis program, which aims to return Americans to the moon for the first time since the Apollo missions nearly 50 years ago. The test, a “hot fire” of the SLS’s core stage, was conducted by NASA in mid-January and meant to last a total of about eight minutes. The rocket’s four engines shut down automatically … [Read more...] about We need to get to the moon by 2024. Will this rocket be able to take us there?
Elizabeth Warren running for 3rd US Senate term in 2024
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Monday that she will seek a third term in 2024. Warren, a prominent voice for the liberal wing of the Democratic Party and a failed 2020 presidential contender, said she's running for reelection to end corruption in Washington, make the economy work for the middle class and protect democracy. “I first ran for Senate because I saw how the system is rigged for the rich and powerful and against everyone else. I won because Massachusetts voters know it, too. And now I’m running for Senate again because there’s a lot more we’ve got to do,” Warren said in a campaign video released Monday. Warren, 73, had more than $2.3 million in her campaign account at the end of 2022, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Warren first won election to the seat in 2012, defeating incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, who was elected to fill out the term of Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Warren running for 3rd US Senate term in 2024
Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee announces bid for mayor of Houston
U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee announced she will be running for mayor of Houston on Monday, March 27. "I hope I've been a humble servant for you for 28 years," Lee said at the City Cathedral Church podium in Houston. "Sheila Jackson Lee wants to come home to be your mayor for the city of Houston. I will not be able to do it without each and every one of you. Let the fire start now." Twitter — urbanreformorg Twitter Lee's run for Mayor of Houston brings the longtime politician back to where she initially started her career in local politics as an at-large Houston City Council member from 1990 to 1994. Her federal political career began in 1995 after beating former Democratic Congressman Craig Washington in a Democratic primary in 1994. Since then, Lee has been the representative for Texas 18th Congressional District comprising Acres Homes, Fifth Ward, East Houston, Highland Heights and the Bush Intercontinental Airport. In her tenure, Lee has focused on … [Read more...] about Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee announces bid for mayor of Houston
Five players to watch as McDonald’s All-American Game comes to Houston
There will be plenty of attention turned to the Toyota Center in Houston on Tuesday night, a relative rarity this season given the extended struggles for Jalen Green and the Rockets . But as Houston's professional hoops team slides, the future of the sport will take the floor Tuesday for one of basketball's premier amateur showcases. Houston is set to host the 46th annual McDonald’s All-American Game on Tuesday, with the boy's contest slated to tip off at 8 p.m. central. And there will be no shortage of headlining prospects on hand. The most notable name participating in Tuesday's event is likely Bronny James, who could very well play with his father at the NBA level as early as 2025. James is a rising prospect as he grows into his 6-foot-3 frame, and he wowed fans Monday night as he participated in the dunk contest at the Powerade Jam Fest. But James isn't the only prospect worth keeping an eye on Tuesday night. The 2023 edition of the All-American game is stacked with … [Read more...] about Five players to watch as McDonald’s All-American Game comes to Houston
San Diego County supervisor to resign after assault lawsuit
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A powerful San Diego County supervisor said he will resign amid accusations that he sexually assaulted a government employee, completing a swift and shocking fall for a decorated Marine combat veteran whose star rose with his Democratic Party’s ascendancy in the nation’s eighth-largest city. Nathan Fletcher, who defected from the Republican Party in 2012, was elected to a second term on the county board of supervisors with 65% of the vote in November, two years after Democrats won a board majority that eluded their grasp for decades. Fletcher, 46, was the face of the San Diego region’s muscular response to COVID-19 at daily news conferences. He became half of San Diego’s most powerful political couple after his 2017 marriage to Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, a well-known liberal Democratic state assemblywoman who became a top California labor leader last year. Fletcher’s progressive positions and telegenic presence made him a solid favorite to succeed another … [Read more...] about San Diego County supervisor to resign after assault lawsuit