Delroy Lindo has joined the cast of Cymbeline, writer-director Michael Almereyda’s previously announced biker-gang-and-bad-cops contemporary take on the Shakespeare play. According to Deadline.com, the Tony nominee will play Belarius, a manly, battered and paranoid noble. Starring Macbeth’s Ethan Hawke, Cymbeline began filming in New York City in August. View Comments In addition to Hawke and Lindo, the cast of Cymbeline features the previously reported Penn Badgely and Milla Jovovich, as well as Ed Harris, Dakota Johnson, Boyd Holbrook and Anton Yelchin. Shakespeare’s Cymbeline tells the story of the forbidden marriage between Imogen (Johnson), the daughter of King Cymbeline (Harris), and Posthumus Leonatus (Badgley), a man in the king’s court. Hawke will play Iachimo, a friend who bets Posthumus that he can successfully seduce Imogen. Lindo received a Tony Award nomination for Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. His other theater credits include “Master Harold”…and the Boys and Things of Dry Hours. Lindo’s film and TV work includes The Cider House Rules, Heist, A Life Less Ordinary, The Exonerated and Kidnapped. He also appeared in the HBO adaptation of Lackawanna Blues, directed by George C. Wolfe.
OK, to be fair it was about 14 minutes of coverage that aired over the weekend on the CBS program 60 Minutes. In the segment titled “Enhancing the Bike” news magazine correspondent Bill Whitaker leads off with a nicely inflammatory statement that “the sport of cycling is notorious for its culture of cheating…” From there 60 Minutes heads to Hungary to talk with Istvan Varjas who claims to be the pioneer of hiding motors inside bikes for almost two decades. Varjas has popped up in the cycling news streams a good bit over the last couple years, especially after the young Belgian crosser was caught last year. He puts Whitaker on a bike with a hidden motor to try and tells CBS News that yes, pro riders are competing on these bikes.60 Minutes also sat down with the former testing director for French anti-doping authorities who tells that they have been told that a dozen riders raced the 2015 Tour with hidden motors. Then CBS News pulls in Tyler Hamilton to test a motor-doped bike, links Varjas’ motors to infamous Dr. Michele Ferrari within the last 3 years, and infers a link to Team Sky possibly racing the Tour de France time trials with motorized wheels. 60 Minutes doesn’t present any hard proof of current pro peloton motor doping, but they certain make a case that many people will see as rather damning.We can’t embed the 60 Minutes segments here, but you can go to the CBS News page for the story’s video. Just beware that the video will autoplay and won’t work with ad blockers turned on. There is also another 6 minute clip with a further look at how the newest motor doping tech may be going into wheels with embedded induction electromagnets.Feel free to discuss in the comments after the break…60minutes.com
The crossing at 67th and Carter will be one of the three Merriam crossings affected by the switch in warning systems.Merriam’s project to reduce the sound of train horns in the city got some welcome news and a boost forward this week when the city council authorized negotiating with a vendor to provide the technology that would make the changes to three grade crossings in the city.The city council first talked about the possibility of reducing train sounds with the new technology in August.Bids for the project came in well below expectations. The council had authorized up to $500,000 for the technology installation at the three crossings, which would include Johnson Drive and I-35, 65th and Carter and 67th and Carter. A low bid of $216,250 was received from the recommended vendor. Additional costs could come from reimbursements to BNSF Railroad for required crossing make ready work and upgrades to the initial bid.The noise resulting from engineers sounding the mandatory grade crossing warning has been a persistent issue in the community. According to a staff report, the city some years ago did a study on quiet zone restrictions at the grade crossings, but only one of the city’s four crossings qualified.The technology allows for a train to set off warning horns that are directed up the streets crossing the track. The train does not blow its horn at those crossings. An electronic sign tells the engineer that the alternative warning system is functioning as the train approaches the intersection. As a result, the horn sound is limited in its reach which will mean quieter neighborhoods.Even if the new warning system failed somehow, the crossbars and other warning lights would be flashing at the intersection.Other cities in the area are also taking a look at the technology.
Sen. John Skubal on election night in November.Northeast Johnson County moderate Republicans scuttle Senate leadership’s budget plan. Senators Barbara Bollier, Dinah Sykes and John Skubal, all of whom have districts that include at least part of northeast Johnson County, were key to an effort by a group of Republican moderates on Thursday to prevent a budget plan pushed by GOP leaders from getting any traction on the floor. The moderate coalition of which the three were part objected to the Senate leaders’ plan, saying it didn’t raise taxes enough to provide a long-term structural fix and that it included cuts on education that were too steep. “In the last month of the campaign what we heard door-to-door was: ‘Fix this mess.’ And I think that’s what we signed on for, is to fix this mess,” Skubal told KCUR’s Sam Zeff. [Johnson County Moderate Republicans Stand Firm Against GOP Leadership — KCUR]Parents complain district hasn’t been responsive to complaints about bullying of eighth grader. Parents of an Indian Woods Middle School student with special needs says they are frustrated with the district’s response to the situation, according to a report from WDAF. [Parents push for action as their daughter remains target of bullies in Shawnee Mission School District — WDAF]Branding updates coming to Mission Transit center. The Mission Transit Center on Johnson Drive in Mission will be getting a few cosmetic changes in the coming weeks to bring it in line with the branding for regional Ride KC operations. [Mission Transit Center takes on new look — WDAF]Mary Lou the labradooble is back home. The Prairie Village family who suspected that their labradoodle Mary Lou was stolen from their back yard earlier this week has been reunited with the pet. Jamie Howell says the dog was found and turned in to Red Oak Animal Hospital in Bucyrus, Kansas. The vet staff had seen her in a Facebook post and contacted the family. Howell says the dog now has a tracking chip.
NPR:Hear it in Rio, Kathmandu or Timbuktu — it doesn’t matter. A hearty, belly laugh means the same thing on every continent: joy.But when we laugh with someone else, our chuckles may divulge more than we realize.Scientists have found that people around the world can tell whether folks are friends or strangers by listening to them laughing together. And the ability transcends culture and language.…But the results were consistent across all the societies studied. That’s a big deal, says Robert Provine, a psychologist and neuroscience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, who wasn’t involved with the study. “That suggest we’re dealing with a very basic aspect of human nature,” he says.…Neuroscientist Carolyn McGettigan at the Royal Holloway University of London agrees with Provine. “This study is really impressive,” she says. “The scale of it is an achievement.” But also, she says, it suggest that, even in the most remote places on Earth, a laugh among friends is a special sound.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >
Of all the social gaffes, none is perhaps more common than meeting a new person, exchanging names and promptly forgetting theirs — forcing you to either swallow your pride and ask again, or languish in uncertainty forever.Why do we keep making this mistake? There are a few potential explanations, says Charan Ranganath, the director of the Memory and Plasticity Program at the University of California, Davis. Read the whole story: TIME More of our Members in the Media >
VERNER ‘REX’ REXROTH Dec. 25, 1921 – June 4, 2019Verner ‘Rex’ Rexroth was born in Denver, CO on Christmas Day 1921 and passed away June 4, 2019 in Carlsbad, CA.Rex attended Colorado University in Boulder where he met the love of his life, Marilyn, and graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Marilyn and Rex were married in September 1943 and started their lives together in Denver.In 1947 they moved to the small community of Los Alamos where he worked at the laboratory and they raised their 4 children. After a 36 year career at LANL, they retired to Carlsbad, CA in 1985. Marilyn and Rex shared a love of family, music, travel, and service in their churches the United Church in Los Alamos and The Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.Rex was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years Marilyn Gerhardt Rexroth; his sister, Jean; his brother, Chuck; and his daughter Jo Ann Rexroth Rivers.Rex is survived by his son, Paul and wife Shirley of Albuquerque, NM; his daughter Sally Fuller and husband Jim of Whitwell, TN; and his daughter Trudi Rexroth of Albuquerque, NM. Surviving grandchildren are Nick Rexroth and wife Susan and Melody Rexroth all of Las Cruces, NM; Lester Rivers and wife Elizabeth and Loren Rivers all of Lake Montezuma, AZ; Darlene Leon and husband Christian of Tempe, AZ; Danielle Geromini and husband Daniel of Gilbert, AZ; Tabitha Fanning and fiancé Ian Woodgate of Phoenix, AZ; Joshua Fanning and wife Audra of Camp Pendleton, CA and great grandchildren Riley Jo Rivers, Ashyre and Bryce Rexroth.A private service and will be held at the United Church on July 13.
The company announced this afternoon it had agreed non-binding heads of terms with Charles Russell for a preletting of 88,000 sq ft (8,175 sq m) of Ludgate West at Fleet Place near St Paul’s Cathedral. Charles Russell is moving into the ground floor and levels four to nine of the building, which is on track for completion this October.The 130,000 sq ft (12,080 sq m) Ludgate West is the latest phase of the Ludgate development, begun by Rosehaugh Stanhope in the late 1980s. It is designed by US architect Skidmore Owings & Merrill.
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AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – Best Brakes has announced the addition of Roger Almstrom to the company’s sales team, serving as Eastern sales manager. Almstrom will direct Best Brakes’ sales and marketing efforts in the east and will report directly to Executive Vice President H. Kevin Wells. Almstrom is a 30-year veteran of the automotive aftermarket, most recently as sales manager at Gren Automotive. He previously held sales and management positions at Moog Automotive, R.L. Polk and Standard Motor Products.