The welcome team was in place. At 1:45 a.m., four transit workers scrubbed benches, disinfected stair rails with bleach and washed the grime away from a subway station in Brooklyn. Four uniformed police officers kept watch. Nadav Shahaf, 18, a high school student wearing all red except for a black mask, came bounding down the stairs and plopped onto a newly cleaned bench. He had it all to himself. He was heading home after a late-night stroll with his girlfriend. “I’m happy we got to this point,” he said. “It’s been a tough journey, but we’ve done a good job as a city, as a community.” The 24-hour New York City subway was back. The nation’s busiest transit system returned to full screeching service early Monday after more than a year of overnight closings during the coronavirus pandemic to provide more time to clean and disinfect trains, stations and equipment. It was the longest planned shutdown since the subway opened in 1904. The resumption of … [Read more...] about New York City Subway Returns to 24-Hour Service
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0 Seasonal & Holidays Event will feature live virtual keynote, donation opportunities Press Release Desk , News Partner Posted Reply From the City of Highland Park: Highland Park, Illinois – The City of Highland Park Human Relations Advisory Group (HRAG) and the Park District of Highland Park will present the 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The event will be held virtually via Zoom on January 17, 2022 at 10:00 AM due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The event will feature a keynote address and live Q&A, remote service projects, donation collections and more, each of which will highlight ways in which individuals can further Dr. King's fight for a more just society. The event will be recorded and posted on the City's website. Participants may RSVP to the Facebook event, available on the City's Facebook page, to receive an event reminder. The 2022 keynote speaker is Patrick Dankwa John. … [Read more...] about City of Highland Park to Host Virtual MLK Day of Service Event
1 Community Corner Jesk served as mayor of Oak Forest from 1975 to 1985 and has a park named after him. Eileen O'Gorman , Patch Staff Posted | Updated Reply OAK FOREST, IL — Former mayor of Oak Forest James W. Jesk died on Nov. 10, according to his family. The 89-year-old served as mayor from 1975 to 1985. Jesk's service to the city is recognized in a park bearing his name at 15500 Ridgeland Avenue. Jesk, formerly of Lemont, worked for Andrew Corporation after his time as mayor and later went on to found Deerfield Construction Group and Sawgrass Farms. Jesk was a skilled harness racer and loved to collect sports memorabilia, according to loved ones. As a veteran of the U.S. Navy, he liked to share stories from his service and spend time with his Yorkshire Terrier, Molly. "James' subtle, yet powerful, voice made a difference in many lives," family wrote in his obituary . "Those who knew him will remember him … [Read more...] about Services Set For Former Oak Forest Mayor James Jesk, Jr.
F. Scott Fitzgerald fans who beat back to the Public Theater for a second viewing of “Gatz,” the nearly seven-hour coup de théâtre reading of “The Great Gatsby,” might assume that the man who is there again too, usually by himself in the last row and often with an iPad, must be one of them. And he is, sort of. John Collins, the director of “Gatz,” has never missed a performance in the five-year history of the production. In other words, he has listened to the entire 189 pages of “The Great Gatsby” enough to qualify for a world record, if not therapy for obsessive behavior. “Between rehearsals and performances,” Mr. Collins said, “I’ve heard the book at least a couple hundred times.” Which raises the question of whether Mr. Collins is having a hard time letting go. But to him “Gatz” is a living piece of theater that thrives from tending, a play that has been adjusted subtly by Mr. Collins and the cast in response to diverse reactions from audiences in Brussels, Brisbane and … [Read more...] about Borne Back Ceaselessly to His Long Show
The omicron COVID-19 wave has overwhelmed San Franciscans of all ages. But positive cases among teenagers are outpacing the city’s overall case rate, a Chronicle analysis found. While case rates have surged dramatically for all age groups since late December, infections among children ages 5 to 17 have soared disproportionately, according to data published by the city’s health department . From Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, the daily case rate for 12- to 17-year-olds was 35 per every 10,000 people — the highest for all age groups the city tracked over that period. The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases in San Francisco reached a pandemic high of 1,661 on Thursday — about 19 new cases per 10,000 residents, according to the city’s health department. The highly infectious omicron variant, which is now the dominant strain in the region, is causing enormous spikes everywhere — more than 100,000 new cases are being reported every day in the state, and more than 15,000 daily in the Bay … [Read more...] about COVID cases are rising quickly among S.F. teenagers. What’s going on?
In the latest chapter of “Tourists Doing Unnecessarily Bad Things,” a group of vandals caused irreparable damage to a panel of ancient petroglyphs in the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park last month. It’s certainly not the first incident of its kind. Carvings in the Colosseum walls, broken Moai statues on Easter Island, spray-painted Tottori Sand Dunes in Japan: all tell the story of a society growing increasingly less concerned with the preservation of its history than with performative destruction for a few Instagram views. According to a report from the National Park Service , on December 26, a group of tourists who have not yet been identified (but whose names we know are Adrian, Ariel, Isaac and Norma) “boldly scratched their names and the date across the prehistoric art,” which is believed to be somewhere in the vicinity of 3,000 years old. It’s one of more than 50 documented instances of vandalism to the rock art since 2015. “Big Bend National Park belongs to … [Read more...] about Idiot Tourists Carve Their Names Over Ancient Petroglyphs at Big Bend
Click here to read the full article. Dallas Frazier , a songwriter who broke out with the pop novelty hit “Alley Oop” and went on pen country classics like the Oak Ridge Boys ’ “Elvira,” died Friday at 82. “Dallas Frazier is among the greatest country songwriters of all time,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “He could convey infectious fun with ‘Elvira,’ and then write something as stunningly sad and true as ‘Beneath Still Waters'” — a No. 1 hit for Emmylou Harris. “He was a man of kindness, generosity and faith, who overcame a hardscrabble upbringing to offer smiling gifts to all of us.” More from Variety Charley Pride to Be Celebrated With 90-Minute CMT Special Why Charley Pride Was a Pioneer for Country Music as Well as Black Musicians CMAs, Charley Pride Reps Address Speculation That Country Singer Contracted COVID at November Telecast Among those cutting Frazier’s songs were Charley Pride (who had four No. 1 … [Read more...] about Dallas Frazier, Songwriter of ‘Elvira,’ ‘Alley Oop’ and Many Country Hits, Dies at 82
Stephen Starr unseated Glorious Food last week as the caterer of the New York Botanical Garden Conservatory Ball. It was no small feat for a restaurateur who used to be considered an out-of-towner. Mr. Starr, who came to New York in 2006 with Morimoto and Buddakan, copies of 2 of his 20 Philadelphia restaurants, served smoked salmon tidbits and little veal meatballs with cocktails at the ball, followed by an Italian menu featuring branzino roasted with fennel for 600 people. To his credit, the food was hot and not overcooked. “When you have to serve 300 or more, it’s tempting to do airline chicken or salmon,” he said. “But I approach it more as a restaurateur than as a caterer. We cook to order. The food doesn’t sit around warming.” Mr. Starr, who is based in Philadelphia, has planted his flag in New York on the kinds of museum and concert hall dining rooms that usually belong to Nick Valenti’s Patina Group, Restaurant Associates, Liz Neumark’s Great Performances and Danny … [Read more...] about A Philadelphian Restaurateur Flourishes in New York
Brexit leader Nigel Farage has warned that there are likely “a lot more” Chinese Communist spies operating in Westminster after it was revealed that an alleged Chinese spy had donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to left-wing politicians in Britain. Concerns over Chinese espionage within Britain have been escalated this week after it was revealed that the UK’s secret service MI5 had warned the speaker of the House of Commons that Christine Lee, the founder of the British Chinese Project, is believed to be working clandestinely as a spy for Beijing. It has been reported that Lee had given some £700,000 in political donations , the vast majority of which was directed to the Labour Party, in particular leftist Corbyn acolyte Barry Gardiner MP. The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Ed Davy, also received £5,000 from Ms Lee. Both politicians have denied that they have been influenced by the CCP. Commenting on the spying scandal, Brexit’s Nigel Farage said that he was not … [Read more...] about Nigel Farage Predicts Many Chinese Spies Will be Found in Westminster
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A divorce filing submitted to the Superior Court of D.C. Tuesday claims that a man ended his relationship with his wife after declaring his love for Rep. Ilhan Omar. The divorce filing concerns Beth Mynett and Timothy Mynett, both of Washington, D.C. READ MORE: MSP Airport Snowplow Drivers Union, Metropolitan Airports Commission Reach Tentative Agreement Part of the filing states that the married couple physically separated in early April when Timothy Mynett told Beth Mynett that he was romantically involved, and in love, with Omar. READ MORE: ‘Focus On The Present’: Rep. Ilhan Omar Talks With Esme Murphy About ‘Shaking Things Up’ In Washington According to the court filing, he met Omar, who is a U.S. Representative from Minnesota, while working for her. The court filing further states that Beth Mynett still loved him and was willing to fight for the marriage, but he said it wasn’t an option for him. According to the divorce filing, Timothy … [Read more...] about Rep. Ilhan Omar Holds Immigration Forum Amidst Affair Allegations