Atlanta Falcons owner donating $17M to civil rights museum

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — The billionaire owner of the Atlanta Falcons is donating $17 million to help a civil rights museum expand and offer new programming. Arthur Blank’s family foundation announced the gift to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on Thursday. The vast majority of the money will fund a new, three-story west wing at the downtown Atlanta museum that will include space to educate visitors about lynching. The remaining $2 million will be used to fund storytelling and other projects that connect the history of racial injustice to contemporary challenges. Blank co-founded Home Depot Inc. He bought the Falcons in 2002 and also owns the Atlanta United soccer team.last_img read more

FTT senior writes historical play exploring sexuality and faith

first_imgCourtesy of Joseph Larson The cast joins for a live reading of “Compassion Cries the Moon King” on Zoom. The 82-page play based on the life of King Ludwig II of Bavaria is the work of senior film, television and theatre major Joseph Larson.“I’ll never forget, we were walking down from the palace and my hosts were explaining to me how he supposedly had an affair with the composer Richard Wagner,” Larson said. “Of course, I learned through my research that that’s not true, but he did have several romantic relationships with other men, and he was Catholic so immediately I was like, ‘Wow, that’s so interesting, and that’s so relevant.’”Larson’s final product had been in the works long before he decided to pursue a senior thesis.“[Ludwig II as a person] just caught my interest, so I wrote some scenes for a playwriting class I took at Notre Dame and you can still see some of that writing that still exists in the play, as it is now.”To cast for his 12-person production, Larson garnered the help of members of the Not-So-Royal-Shakespeare Company. Senior Nicholas Taylor, who read the stage directions, said he wanted to be a part of the production due to its unique representation of sexuality.“I had actually gotten a chance to read parts of his play before auditions, and within the first ten pages of the script, I knew that it was something special that I wanted to be part of,” Taylor said in an email. “LGBTQ+ representation is important in theater and it’s something that isn’t always handled well on this campus.”Freshman Christina Randazzo played the role of Princess Ludovica, who attempted to orchestrate a marriage between her daughter and Ludwig II. Randazzo described Larson’s work as “the most historically accurate play” she’s been cast in.“Joseph did incredible research into the lives and letters of each historical character in order to bring them back to life,” Randazzo said in an email.Freshman Vincenzo Torsiello played the role of Richard Hornig — Ludwig’s chief equerry and main love interest. Torsiello said he thought the strongest part of the story was when Ludwig gives a monologue talking to God while Richard is fast asleep beside him. “[Ludwig’s] profound pleas in searching for guidance and acceptance during that scene were pivotal in defining not only his persona but also the work’s thematic whole,” Torsiello said in an email.Originally scheduled as a live staged reading, Larson was forced to move his production online. The performance took place April 17 over Zoom. Taylor said the move online made his role more essential for the tone of the play. “Reading the stage directions was a fun challenge because I had to set the stage for everyone,” he said. “In a typical performance, you can have a set, costumes, lights, music, etc. set the scene for you. But when doing this as a staged reading on Zoom, the stage directions really helps to sell the story.”Larson said that while having the performance virtually was not ideal, he did not have to change a whole lot and the cast adapted well to make the most of the situation.“I was very impressed with everyone turning the screen off and on depending on what scenes they were in,” Larson said. “That was a decision I made pretty early on, just to distinguish who’s in what scene, so we don’t have to look at people’s faces while they’re not reading.”Even though the play had to be performed away from campus, Torsiello said the experience had a profound impact on him.“I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to be an instrument in his telling of this incredible story,” Torsiello said. “I feel even more compelled to take part in productions here at Notre Dame because of it.”For Larson, the entire experience of researching, writing and producing the play has reaffirmed his long-term career goals. “I’ve always been a writer and I’ve really found kind of my real love in playwriting and so I want to do that long term,” Larson said. “This whole experience has really helped cement this idea that that is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”Tags: Compassion Cries the Moon King, FTT, King Ludwig II, senior thesis, zoom During a 2017 visit to Switzerland, senior Joseph Larson, took a day trip to Munich, Germany, where he learned about King Ludwig II of Bavaria — the man who would eventually become the subject of his original play three years later. Entitled “Compassion Cries the Moon King,” Larson crafted the 82-page play for his film, television and theatre senior thesis project. Larson, who has a supplemental major in theology, chose Ludwig as the main character because of the King’s complicated relationship with his sexuality and faith.  last_img read more

Local Olympian

first_imgBy now you have probably heard that former Hidden Valley Lake resident, Nick Goepper, has qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.  He is the top participant in an event called skiing slopestyle.  Like so many of the new Olympic events this is really acrobatics on a ski slope.  To classify this event you have to combine downhill skiing with the new snow boarding events popular in what are now called the X games.  If it weren’t done on snow, it would be close to the skate boarding tricks that young kids today like to do.Nick got his start at Perfect North Slopes.  Since no one in this area had any experience with this particular sport, he knew he would have to get to more traditional ski country.  Before it could happen, the young man had to convince his parents that he was serious in his desire to pursue this.  It meant leaving home while he was still in high school.  Not only was he a success, but he became #1 in the United States.  In the next 10 days we will know if he is the best in the world.  Good Luck, Nick!last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019 RCB vs SRH highlights: Bangalore beat Hyderabad by 4 wickets

first_img Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:27 (IST) 100-run partnership between Hetmyer and Gurkeerat! – 28 runs in the last over! Will it be a game changer?  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Hyderabad has been able to keep the momentum on their side. Gurkeerat and Shimron have found it difficult to up the scoring rate. After 8 overs, it’s 61/3.  Navdeep Saini opens his account too. Nabi didn’t trouble the scorers much. Departs for 4 runs. After 17 overs, 137/6.  The first leg of the first innings belongs to Royal Challengers Bangalore. They have scalped three important wickets, and have let Sunrisers to be on the backfoot. After 10 overs, it’s 71/3.  23:23 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:02 (IST) 23:34 (IST) 21:24 (IST) The team winning the toss will look to have a bowl first and restrict the opposition for a low score and chase later. However, this reamins to be seen if the toss-winning captain goes with the same mindset.  21:34 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The runs have been hard to come by! Both Williamson and Shankar have found it difficult to find the gaps. RCB, on the other hand, would want to continue this stint. After 12 overs, it’s 81/3.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Back to back boundaries for Saha. How expensive will catch drop be?  RCB still need 9 runs off 10 balls! 21:05 (IST) 23:32 (IST) 150 up for Royal Challengers Bangalore!  That’s it from us. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did to bring this to you. Do join for the next game tomorrow. Till then, tada! WICKET: A brilliant innings comes to an end. Came in the last game, but has been able to prove his stature at this level. A special knock from a special player. Rashid Khan picks first for the night. Departs for 75! 23:14 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:23 (IST) 22:48 (IST) 6 needed 6 balls! So at the end of the first leg, Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Maan have strung a 57 run partnership. After 10 overs, 77/3.  WICKET: Chahal bowls outside off and Yusuf Pathan smashed it straight to the fielder in deep extra cover. After 15.5, it’s 127/5. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Oh dear! Next ball, and again dropped! This time it’s Yusuf Pathan!  New Delhi: Chasing 176, Royal Challengers Bangalore lost three wickets in quick succession and it looked that Sunrisers will make their way through to the playoffs. However, cricket is a funny game and the statement proved to be absolutely correct. Shimron Hetmyer along with Gurkeerat Singh Maan strung a superlative partnership of 144 runs to shape a famous chase for the team. Once the duo departed, Umezsh Yadav smashed two boundaries to get team over the line with four balls to spare and win the game by four wickets at M. Chinnaswamy in Bangalore. SCORECARD 21:15 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Khaleel Ahmed picks another one. Washington Sundar departs for GOLDEN DUCK! Oh dear! You gotta feel for RCB fans!  WICKET: Sundar tossed the ball up and Manish Pandey couldn’t clear the fence. Wickets falling in pair.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:16 (IST) 22:54 (IST) For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. 19:31 (IST) 22:47 (IST) 100 up for Royal Challengers Bangalore! It took them 11.5 overs to reach what milestone.  20:26 (IST) 20:20 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:23 (IST) 23:42 (IST) Hello and a warm welcome. We are all set for second game of the double header as Virat Kohli’s men hosts Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last league game.  DROPPED! Yuzvendra Chahal drops the wicket-keeper batsman Wridhiman Saha on 5.  20:49 (IST) Can we say that was a drop? And if it was, then how costly will this be? SHIMRON HETMYER SURVIVES!  Sunrisers Hyderabad is off to perfect start. Thay have been able to restrict the opposition and have taken three crucial wickets. After 5 overs, it’s 45/3.  21:36 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:42 (IST) 20:12 (IST) Manish Pandey comes to the crease now! 21:41 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Seventh one departs! Wickets falling like pack of cards here. Rashid Khan departs for 1.  22:59 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: 6.6.W – This has been the story for Vijay Shankar. Sundar tossed the ball up and Shankar was early in his shot. In the end, he mistimes, and went staright to the fine-leg fielder, who didn’t do any mistake. Sundar picks his THIRD. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:03 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Washington Sundar bowls a short of a length delivery and Martin Guptill just couldn’t time it, finds short mid-wicket fielder. Openers back to pavilion.  20:35 (IST) 22:50 (IST) 20:37 (IST) 21:03 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:15 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In RESULT: Bangalore beat Hyderabad by four wickets (Shimron Hetmyer 75, Khaleel Ahmed 3/37) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:41 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In ALERT: Kane Williamson slams first IPL fifty of this season.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:34 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:08 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The powerplay belongs to Sunrisers Hyderabad here. Even when they have lost Saha, the run rate is still on their side. After 6 overs, it’s 52/1.  100 up for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 13.3 overs! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The penultimate over of the innings went for just 5 runs. Royal Challengers Bangalore has been able to execute the plans perfectly. After 19 overs, it’s 147/7.  23:34 (IST) 22:59 (IST) 22:37 (IST) 23:31 (IST) 19:14 (IST) 20:21 (IST) Hetmyer and Gurkeerat are keeping RCB on driver’s seat. If SRH is looking to make a comeback in this game, they need to pick wickets. There isn’t any other option left here. After 16 overs, it’s 146/3.  23:36 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In INNINGS BREAK: Hyderabad 175/7 in 20 overs vs Bangalore (Kane Williamson 70, Washington Sundar 3/24)  ALERT: Gurkeerat slams first IPL fifty of this season! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Hyderabad is off to a flying start. The first over went for mere 2 runs, but they have recovered well and scored 19 in the next over. After 2 overs, it’s 21/0.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:57 (IST) Here are the two playing XI for two sides: Sunrisers Hyderabad: Wriddhiman Saha(w), Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson(c), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Basil Thampi Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Yuzvendra Chahal Back to back sixes for vijay Shankar! Everyone was waiting for this knock from Shankar’s willow.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In TOSS: Royal Challengers Bangalore opt to bowl vs Sunrisers Hyderabad ALERT: Shimron Hetmyer slams maiden IPL fifty! WICKET: Finally, some respite in Royal Challengers Bangalore camp. Saini bowled a fuller length delivery and Saha just couldn’t time it.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Khaleel Ahmed bowls a short of a length delivery and Gurkeerat Maan tried to chip it over point fielder, but fell short by some margin. Two set batsmen depart in space of 5 balls.  50 up for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 5 overs! 19:15 (IST) 23:26 (IST)last_img read more