America’s Got Talent: How will we decide?

America’s Got Talent Who cares about Hurricane Isaac or the Republican National Convention? LET’S GET TO WHAT REALLY MATTERS: THE FIRST OF APPROXIMATELY 72 SEMIFINALS ON AMERICA’S GOT TALENT! Believe it or not, we are getting close to the end of this competition (read: about a month away, give or take 6 months), and the 3 acts that move on from tonight will be in The Finals! Which will happen! One day! window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-14', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 14', target_type: 'mix' }); Photo: NBC / Virginia Sherwood/NBC Image 1of/15 CaptionClose Image 1 of 15 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Episode 726 -- Pictured: William Close -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC) AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Episode 726 -- Pictured: William Close -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC) Photo: NBC / Virginia Sherwood/NBC Image 2 of 15 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Episode 726 -- Pictured: Andrew De Leon -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC) AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Episode 726 -- Pictured: Andrew De Leon -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC) Photo: NBC / Virginia Sherwood/NBC Image 3 of 15 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Episode 726 -- Pictured: Todd Oliver -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC) AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Episode 726 -- Pictured: Todd Oliver -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC) Photo: NBC / Virginia Sherwood/NBC Image 4 of 15 AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Episode Continue Reading

Naples doctor issues $1M Alzheimer’s challenge to scientists

A longtime Naples resident and publisher of medical newsletters says scientists must broaden their research scope for causes of Alzheimer’s disease.Specifically, Dr. Leslie Norins says there’s enough evidence that a germ may be a root cause.To spur action, he has launched a $1 million challenge to researchers to find persuasive evidence that a particular infectious agent is the cause of most Alzheimer’s disease.In 2017, he formed Alzheimer’s Germ Quest Inc., based in Naples, to be the home base for the challenge to scientists, which officially began Jan. 15, 2018.A promotional tool using an Old West-style “Wanted: Dead or Alive” poster for the Alzheimer’s germ to attract researchers’ attention went out with the announcement.The challenge will run for three years, with an award announcement no later than March 31, 2021. More: Ave Maria University awarded $100,000 grant for Alzheimer's research More: Naples woman goes above and beyond to care for husband with Alzheimer's disease More: Photos: Naples woman cares for husband with Alzheimer's disease The Alzheimer’s Germ Quest website also contains a place where members of the public can sign a petition to encourage the broader scope of research. Norins said the petition will be sent both to members of Congress and the National Institutes of Health.Norins is the founder of several companies for scientific newsletter publishing, including PubWorld Inc., 2Market Information Inc., Bizworld Inc and Medvostat, according to Bloomberg. He twice has been the keynote speaker at the Newsletter & Electronic Publishers Association.He graduated from Johns Hopkins University, Duke University School of Medicine and the University of Melbourne, where he trained in immunology with Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Nobel laureate, at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.Early in his career, Norins directed the Continue Reading

National Signing Day: Gulf Coast football trio sign national letters of intent

When Kaden Frost, Christian Wagner and Randall Taylor arrived at Gulf Coast High School four years ago, the Sharks struggled to make it to the postseason and had never won a Class 7A-District 12 crown.Four years later, after helping the Sharks turn their football program around with three consecutive postseason appearances and the school’s coveted first-ever district title in 2016, the trio signed their national letters of intent to continue their athletic and academic careers Wednesday.“It’s extremely exciting to see this class come through after what they accomplished,” Gulf Coast athletic director Matt Kuk said. “The coaches did a great job helping these kids find schools that work for them.”Forming a quartet of football signees for the Sharks, joining George Takacs who took advantage of the NCAA’s new early signing period to join Notre Dame in the spring, Frost, Wagner and Taylor are headed to FAU, Webber International and Ave Maria, respectively.Throwing for 6,162 yards and 44 touchdowns during his four-year tenure as the starting quarterback for the Sharks, Frost will join FAU as a preferred walk-on.Used to being under the helm at quarterback, Frost is ready for the challenge of competing for his chance to lead the Owls.“They have a great quarterback room over there, and they have a lot of guys that can play,” Frost said. “I just want to add a hard worker who wants to compete and get better every day. It’s going to be different, but hopefully I can prove myself over there.”Wagner joins Webber International as an outside linebacker, after playing defensive line and linebacker for the Sharks.“When I visited the school, it felt like home to me,” Wagner said. “The coaches, the staff, everything about it just felt right. Having it be so close to home, if my parents wanted me to come home, they can go ahead and ship me back home. It feels like the right move for me and my Continue Reading

10 ways to celebrate MLK holiday include film premiere, Maria Hinojosa talk

One of Rashaad Parker’s earliest memories was riding the subway with his father in the Bronx.  They were headed to the Broadway production of The Wiz.The experience moved a young Rashaad for years to come.“The train has always been this symbol ingrained in me,” said Parker, a graduate student at the Visual Studies Workshop. “It’s a metaphor for moving forward, and the things we have to leave behind to move forward.”It is no surprise that a track is the centerpiece of his new short film, Train of Thought, which premieres Monday during “A Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.” at the Visual Studies Workshop. The premiere is one of the many events in the Rochester region coming up during a national observance of the MLK holiday.Parker, 40, grew up learning about the civil rights leader and credits King for being part of the influence behind Train of Thought.“He was unafraid to speak out and this is my way of speaking out,” he says, adding that “Dr. King had the foresight to embrace a culture before it became en vogue.”The seven-minute introspection of Parker’s life is an appeal to African-American men to think differently and shift their social thinking in order to get social change. King's teachings on peace especially resonate with Parker, a graduate of The College at Brockport who uses poetry, music and more in the soundtrack. He creatively features scrap metal in sculptures on stage and in the film.“It’s a very honest and emotionally driven piece that has many levels of messages,” says Tara Nelson, curator of Moving Image Collections at the Visual Studies Workshop, located on Prince Street. “There’s a direct message from Rashaad, a formal message of the metaphor of the train and the place, and a symbolic message to be translated by each individual who views it.”There will also be series of short films from the VSW collection on the life of King, Continue Reading

Songs about generators and Spam? New Puerto Rican music reflects the island’s resilience.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- On Christmas Eve, receptionist Kala Ronda planned to cook rice and beans for her husband and three kids. "But when I came home, we didn't have water running," said Ronda, 36, who lives in San Juan's Las Lomas neighborhood. This was after suffering through three months without power before it finally returned in early December. There's a song for that. In "Mi Navidad No Se Apaga," which in English means "My Christmas Won't Go Out," written by Grammy-nominated salsa singer Victor Manuelle, the Spanish lyrics translate to: "This Christmas in my Puerto Rico is going to be great. "And if we don't get electricity, we'll light a candle. "And if there's no 'pasteles' [meat pies] or rice and beans for dinner "We'll eat Spam on Christmas Eve." Ronda said she didn't serve Spam; she bought fried chicken. Hurricane Maria hit in late September, and its devastating effects have permeated the holiday season in Puerto Rico. The storm leveled thousands of homes, felled trees, blocked roads, knocked out communications and wrecked the electrical grid. Now, as recovery plods along, famous and amateur musicians have used the unique circumstances as inspiration, creating songs that resonate with the island's weary citizens. Turn on the radio, and you might hear Joseph Fonseca's rollicking merengue song asking the Three Kings for a new power generator. In Puerto Rico, Jan. 6 was Three Kings Day, or Epiphany, celebrated with parades and presents. "And when I turn it on, it shouldn't sound like this: Trrrrrrrrrr," he sings in "La Planta Nueva," or "The New Generator," which has gotten more than 300,000 views on YouTube. "When I'm deep in sleep to rest for work, I jump, and I get up, and I think I'm dreaming, but nothing has happened," he adds. "It's just that the fuel is finished." Fonseca said he was inspired by the loud throttle of the three generators he used to power through a 45-day blackout at home in Caguas, south of San Juan. He had solar panels, too, but Continue Reading

Discover: Schools

0 View Comments Options, options and more options can be found throughout the Pikes Peak region’s 17 public school districts, from traditional education to a mixture of online learning and classroom teaching to alternative schools and free college courses for high school students. Districts encompass the smallest, Edison School District 54-JT in the eastern plains community of Yoder, with just more than 200 students, to the largest, Colorado Springs School District 11 in central Colo-rado Springs, which has more than 28,000 students. There are programs to suit all kinds of students: slow learners, advanced learners, special-needs learners and English-language learners. Some programs are particularly intense, such as the International Baccalaureate program offered in several districts. Charter schools have flourished with focuses on math and science, the environment, foreign languages, classical studies, gifted and talented tracks and more. To weed through the options, the Colorado Department of Education’s website,, has a section for parents and students that explains regulations, district achievement and growth results. It also offers statistical information on all the state’s schools. ACADEMY SCHOOL DISTRICT 20 234-1200, With the addition of a virtual charter school, D-20, the area’s second-largest district with nearly 25,000 students, now has online learning for every grade. Academy Calvert K-8 Online School is for kindergarten through eighth grade. Students have individualized learning plans using Calvert Education’s curriculum, which is offered nationwide. Students also can go to the “blended-learning center” at 3475 Hampton Park Drive for tutoring and peer interaction during science experiments and art lessons. Also new, all D-20 high school students can take online or hybrid courses, and ninth-graders can participate in a blended program that combines at-home work with on-campus Continue Reading


When Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck gave way to Bach and Beethoven, the results were as far out as Pluto. Fantasia, the newest Walt Disney production, is a promising monstrosity and an experiment containing many lessons. There is enough in it to make up for the shocks one suffers. And to be shocked in these times of blood and tears by the handling of a problem of art is in itself an experience of temporary relief. The essentially new and essentially problematic in Fantasia is the use of great music as accompaniment for Walt Disney cartoons. To be sure we are told that it is the other way around, and no doubt the intent was the opposite one, but the effects achieved are nevertheless Walt Disney plus Bach or Beethoven. And the audience applauded exactly where it would have applauded if the score had been composed by a Hollywood musician. Specific pictorial innovations of characteristic Walt Disney charm delighted most. Yet to have the Pastoral Symphony interrupted by applause for sugar-sweet centaurettes is painful. The program tells us that Walt Disney and his staff, “faced with the tremendous problem of translating the music of Fantasia [Bath, Beethoven, Dukas, Stravinsky, Ponchielli, Moussorgsky, Schubert] into pictures, simply listened and tried to capture the moods, movements, situations, colors, and characters which the music painted on the canvas of their imaginations.” The result is, the program continues, “that kind of entertainment which has been described as ‘seeing music and hearing pictures.'” I belong to those who had no need of that kind of entertainment, being content with seeing pictures and hearing music. And I was never particularly concerned whether I had to hear, see (read), or smell in order to have a great experience. In Fantasia the paintings on the canvas of Walt Disney’s and his staff’s imagination did not help but most of the time disturbed my appreciation of the music they tried to make me Continue Reading

Immigration advocates push for bilingual prescription labels

Immigrant advocates are pushing for the enforcement of laws that require drugstores to translate prescription labels for non-English-speakers, saying lax adherence is putting lives at risk. Advocates filed a civil-rights complaint with state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo last week against stores across the city - including eight in Queens - for allegedly failing to provide translation options. "New York's pharmacies are putting lives in danger by not providing the service they are required to do by law," said Ana Maria Archila, co-executive director of the advocacy group Make the Road New York. "If a patient cannot understand how to take the medicine she is taking home, the consequences can be devastating," Archila said Wednesday at a rally outside a Woodside pharmacy. About 100 demonstrators marched outside the Roosevelt Ave. drugstore, some holding up signs and chanting in Spanish, "Si, se puede" (Yes, we can). "No one should be denied proper health care based on their country of origin or the language they speak. This is a huge problem, especially in such a diverse area as Queens," said City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside), who joined the rally. "Thousands of lives are needlessly at risk because translation assistance is not being provided," Gioia said. "We need to make sure that all people know how to use the medications they are putting in their body, and what the risks are." Sixteen pharmacies citywide were named in the complaint. Among the eight Queens drugstores named in the complaint were Eckerd in Woodside, Rite Aid in Jamaica and Duane Reade in Ridgewood. A spokesman for Rite Aid told the Daily News all the company's locations are equipped with prescription translation software available to all customers. "We have the ability to translate a label in twelve languages including Spanish, French, Arabic, Korean and Hindi," the spokesman said. But protestors said getting a prescription at some drug stores can be like playing Continue Reading

It’s Latin to them: Ashley Dupre’s tattoo flummoxes pros

Revealing Daily News pictures of Eliot Spitzer's favorite hooker cavorting on the beach gave rise to some obvious musings, but also some not-so-obvious, like: What exactly does that tattoo mean?Ashley Alexandra Dupre's teeny bikini exposed a Latin phrase inked on her lower belly: tutela valui. Experts said it was pseudo Latin, like the mostly meaningless Chinese characters some people tattoo on themselves - but even stodgy scholars were chuckling at the double entendres jumping out of it. Tutela, which is related to tutor, has to do with a protector or guardian. Valui appears to be a past form of the word strong. "So I guess you would say it means, 'I have a strong patron' or 'I have a strong keeper,'" said Doug Machle, assistant to the chairman in the classics department at the University of Washington. "Or, actually, it's more like, 'My guardian was strong.'" Others read it differently. Daniel Nodes, a classics professor at Ave Maria University in Florida, translated it as "I've been well and remain that way because I have protection." Mark Buchan, a classics professor at Columbia, took a different tack, musing that it could mean "safe haven." One California professor translated it as "I have been highly proficient in support" - which he further simplifies to "I have been an expert escort." In any case, Latin teachers are used to seeing lots of fishy tattoos. "Latin is really a living language - it's a lot more prevalent than you'd think," said Gerry Visco, administrator of the classics department at Columbia. "We get a lot of people calling up - every day, I'd say - wanting to put something on a mug or T-shirt. They think there's a team of scribes sitting here waiting to translate for them." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

TRIPLE YOUR LOCAL TREASURES. Three exhibits at New York museums display Swiss, Mayan and Napoleon-themed pieces

Many people learn about art from books and slides. And many New Yorkers learn about art firsthand from the steady stream of masterpieces that visit here on a regular basis. Sometimes the special exhibits at New York's museums fill in our knowledge of artists and periods we already know. But sometimes entirely new stars appear on the horizon - undeniably great artists that would only be known to specialists. Such is the case, for example, with the 18th-century Swiss portrait painter Jean-Etienne Liotard, an exhibit of whose astonishing work is currently at the Frick Collection. Liotard was born in Geneva and educated in Paris, but he also spent time in Constantinople, where he acquired Turkish techniques. He also acquired a beard, which enhanced his racy reputation when he returned to Western Europe. The exhibit features a number of powerful self-portraits, which suggest his intense honesty and a captivating sense of humor. Among the most fascinating works in the show are a set of portraits of 11 of the 12 children of the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. Here too Liotard's uncompromising honesty trumps a portrait painter's natural propensities to flattery. Not all mothers might be pleased with this approach, but Maria Theresa told ­Liotard she carried the portraits with her whenever she traveled. For contemporary viewers, of course, the most interesting of the portraits is that of her daughter Marie Antoinette - in it we can see both the delicate ­beauty that made her greatly admired when she first came to France as well as the severity that came into play during her later years when she schemed to save the monarchy and her life, neither successfully. There are always discoveries to be made at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Right now, for example, there is an exhibit of ­historic significance. Raphael's Colonna Altarpiece has been at the museum since the early 20th century. But seven small panels that were part of the work when it was Continue Reading