"Hello, Dolly!" Revisited

Someone told me the other day that Bette Midler was not long for this world in "Hello, Dolly!" and that she would be replaced. Well, now it’s clear that she is going to take some time off at least since I subsequently found out that an old friend Donna Murphy was going to do some of the performances. Discovering that, and because "Hello, Dolly!" is the best musical I have ever had the pleasure of seeing, I went off to see Ms. Murphy the other night, and I will say she is just as good if not...

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This week goes to the Grisnik family with our deepest condolences & prayers from all of us at WPPB & the greater East End community. Carol was a beautiful, kind & loving spirit. She will be missed.

Amid outrage over the fatal police shooting of a woman who had called 911 for officers' help, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau has resigned. The killing inspired protests and bewilderment in the city, as residents waited for details on why the officer fired at Justine Ruszczyk. Protesters disrupted a news conference by the mayor on Harteau's successor and demanded that the mayor herself resign.

As general sessions judge for White County, Tenn., Sam Benningfield says the vast majority of cases he hears are drug-related offenses. The opioid epidemic has hit the state especially hard — resulting in more than 1,400 drug overdose deaths there in 2015 alone, according to the CDC — and he felt that an unusual solution would be necessary to drive home the dangers of illegal drugs for would-be parents.

An al-Qaida-linked suspect who prosecutors say conspired to murder a Swedish cartoonist has been charged in federal court in Philadelphia, despite the Trump administration's vow that alleged terrorists would be tried in military courts.

Prosecutors say Ali Charaf Damache, 52, an Algerian-born Irish citizen also known as "Black Flag," was allegedly part of an Ireland-based cell that included Colleen R. LaRose, a Pennsylvania woman known as "Jihad Jane." LaRose pled guilty in a U.S. court in 2011 to conspiracy and terrorism-related crimes. She is serving a 10-year sentence.

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