UCLA gymnastics coach who trained viral sensation sees bright future for the sport

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UCLA(LOS ANGELES) — Behind those viral floor routines, perfect 10 scores and NCAA National Championship titles lies the hard work and dedication of UCLA’s student athletes.

But now, the woman who has been at the helm of the university’s celebrated gymnastics team for the past 37 years is saying goodbye.

Valerie Condos Field, or “Miss Val,” as she hopes she is affectionately known, will retired from her position as head coach of UCLA’s gymnastics team at the end of the month.

“While I love, love, love my job at UCLA, there’s not been one day that I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed it, I need more time in my day to work on my bucket list,” Field told ABC News.

Field, who announced her retirement to the team in September, said she started thinking about retiring after a breast cancer diagnosis four years ago.

“When I got breast cancer … I chose to use my time in chemotherapy as my chemo spa. … A spa is someplace you go to get better and get fortified, so I used it as my time to work on my bucket list,” she said.

Fields started her UCLA career as a 22-year-old dance coach for the gymnastics team, but was asked to take over as head coach eight years later.

“I said…‘I don’t know the first thing about gymnastics.’ And she said, ‘I’ve observed how you’ve worked with the students athletes. … I love how you are tough with them but you’re compassionate. … I trust you’ll figure the rest out,'” Field said.

Reputation and recognition

The UCLA gymnastics team attracts athletes from all over the world. Field said it’s because of the university’s recognizable name.

But since becoming head coach, Field recruited former elite gymnasts and Olympic medalists to the team, such as current team members Madison Kocian of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team and Kyla Ross of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.

During her time at UCLA, Field’s team has won seven NCAA National Championships titles.

“For all of those championships, even the ones that we didn’t win but the one that I can leave and remember back on with no regret, in all of those teams I remember about a month before the championships came feeling like my hands were off the steering wheel and the athletes were taking ownership of their team,” Fields said. “And I’ve always told them that when I feel that, that’s when I know the magic is going to happen.”

That magic is also what has made moments like Katelyn Ohashi’s floor routine go viral.

“It’s interesting that everybody was so excited this year about Katelyn’s floor routine going viral and they say it’s because she scored a perfect 10. That’s not the reason, because the year before, her routine went viral, and scored a 9.95. So it’s not about the illusion of perfection as much as it is seeing this young woman do incredibly difficult gymnastics skills that a normal person can’t even fathom,” Field said.

Out in the light

Despite viral-inspired interest in the sport, the past year has been difficult for gymnastics in the U.S. The sport was rocked by the scandal of former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who was convicted in 2018 of 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after admitting to using his position as a doctor to sexually abuse young patients.

“I think it was more apparent this year because we were still in the lull of the darkness of what happened in United States gymnastics the last year,” Field said, noting her belief that Ohashi’s routines have helped put gymnastics back into a positive light.

“And I think it was just the perfect timing for someone like Katelyn who had been an elite athlete, who had been broken in the system, to be able to come back and show just how great the sport really is,” she added.

“I don’t think there’s a culture of fear inherent in gymnastics at all. I think that there has been a culture of fear cultivated in the USA Gymnastics team,” Field said, discussing the reign of Romanian-American gymnastics coach Martha Karolyi, who retired as the USA Gymnastics’ women’s national team coordinator after 15 years following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

“You know, quite honestly, I don’t blame her because that’s how she was coached. We just brought this Eastern Europe style of coaching through fear … and we embraced it and we cultivated it because it worked, because we won. We won medals and medals mean money,” Field continued.

“I think it’s really important for people to understand it’s not the sport and it’s not even the majority of coaches out there,” she said. “It’s a very small handful that are representing the ugly side of this sport, but it’s in all sport sadly and we need to do a much better job.”

“Guess what,” Field said. “You can produce champions without stripping the joy out of the process.”

Speaking before Field’s final competition as head coach of UCLA gymnastics at the university’s Pauley Pavilion, Ohashi spoke to Pac-12 Networks saying, “[Field has] been so powerful in my life and just allowing me to trust in someone that’s a coach to me, which I never had before and so I’ve learned so much from her.”

“I honestly believe that I develop superheroes and I develop champions in life, though the sport of gymnastics,” Field said.

That bucket list

Field said she felt a weight lift off her shoulders walking out of her last national championship competition. And although she will miss UCLA, she says her plate is “flowing over.”

Field is already an accomplished author of the book Life is Short, Don’t Wait to Dance, which she started writing while receiving chemotherapy treatments. She said she’s excited to continue doing speaking engagements, working on producing an urban Nutcracker film, continuing to choreograph shows at Sea Word San Diego and develop a movie on the life of a UCLA alumnus.

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2020 candidates suggest decriminalizing marijuana, improving police training

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liveslow/iStock(WASHINGTON) — As the crowded field of 2020 presidential candidates attempt to tackle criminal justice reform, their approaches are as varied and complicated as the problems. There’s talk of decriminalizing marijuana, improving the training of American police officers and limiting the workload of full-time public defenders.

Earlier this month, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro released a multi-tiered plan to reform police across the nation. When he teased the “People First Policing Plan,” at the MoveOn #BigIdeas forum in San Francisco, he received a standing ovation when he referenced the arrest of Dylann Roof, who killed nine African Americans at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He was unharmed by police during his arrest, “as he should be,” Castro said.

“He murdered nine people while they were worshiping and then a couple of hours later, he was apprehended by police without incident,” Castro said. “But it made me think then what about Eric Garner? And what about Philando Castile?”

His sweeping police reform plan, which sets nationwide standards for police conduct, would require officers to exhaust all non-lethal options for subduing suspects before lethal measures are used.

Another tenet of Castro’s plan is to increase transparency across police departments by obligating them to report incidents of injury caused by weapon discharges or arrests. Along with the creation of a national database where cases of police decertification can be tracked, a Castro administration would investigate all cases of officer involved shootings across the nation.

Following a speech at the California Democratic State Party Convention on Sunday, Castro commended police departments that are “doing good work investing in community policing, getting to know people in neighborhoods that oftentimes have been overpoliced and targeted.”

Castro’s plan also lays out the potential for federal funding for police departments to be cut if they don’t adhere to his policy.

“This is not a case of a few bad apples ” Castro said in a news release. “The system is broken.”

While Castro’s hard-line stance on police addresses one aspect of the criminal justice system, others have proposed changes to the nation’s sentencing laws and addressing laws that disproportionately affect people of color.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., has carved out a lane for himself as a strong advocate of criminal justice reform. In 2018, he co-sponsored the “First Step Act,” a bipartisan bill that aims to reduce the rates of recidivism for federal prisoners by expanding early-release programs. The bill modified the “three-strikes” sentencing penalty — established in the 1994 crime bill — from life in prison to 25 years for people convicted of nonviolent drug offenses.

President Donald Trump signed the bill into law on December. In March, a month after Booker announced his run for president, he introduced the follow-up bill called, “The Next Step Act,” which aims to expunge the records of nonviolent drug offenders and includes provisions to legalize marijuana at the federal level.

While most 2020 candidates agree that marijuana should be decriminalized, and in some cases legalized, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., became the first candidate to propose a plan to monetize and build an economy around recreational marijuana in addition to tackling the criminal justice aspect to the drug.

Gillibrand proposes legalizing marijuana for recreational use for adults and imposing a tax on the sale of marijuana products. The revenue from the tax would be put into a trust fund that would support programs for communities most affected by hardline marijuana laws.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has also talked in favor of decriminalizing marijuana and expunging criminal records for possession charges, but thinks each state should decide whether or not to legalize it.

Biden’s lukewarm approach to marijuana puts him at odds with other Democratic contenders, such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, who have each supported sweeping legislation to reform how the criminal justice system deals with the drug.

Biden’s previous positions on criminal justice reform has made him an outlier on several occasions among other candidates. He has been criticized at length for doubling down on his endorsement of the 1994 crime bill, often credited by those on the left for being a major driving force of mass incarceration in the United States.

The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act created the “three-strikes” rule, which mandated harsher sentences up to life in prison for defendants who had committed a third felony after being convicted in state or federal court of two previous felonies — at least one of which was serious or violent.

The bill also offered billions of dollars for the construction of new prisons to states that created tougher sentencing laws.

At a campaign stop in Nashua, New Hampshire, Biden defended his support of the crime bill.

“Folks, let’s get something straight,” Biden said. “This idea that the crime bill generated mass incarceration, it did not generate mass incarceration.”

Kara Gotsch, director of Strategic Initiatives at the Sentencing Project, told ABC News that there was blame to go around to everyone.

“The federal government, in the 1990s, certainly, under the Clinton administration, really prioritized the message of tough on crime,” she said. “We had many years, many presidential administrations calling for tough on crime … all our money went into police, putting more police on the ground, increasing the number of arrests, putting more communities of color, in jeopardy and putting them behind bars … They have a much louder microphone than the people who are at and the state local level so they do share in the blame for mass incarceration.”

Booker’s plan also calls for an increase of implicit racial bias training for officers, emphasizing deescalation and use-of-force, but he also tackles the “racially-targeted sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine sentences by reducing it from 18:1 to 1:1.”

Sen. Kamala Harris’ career as district attorney of San Francisco and later, California’s Attorney General, has come under scrutiny by some on the left. Most notably, her campaign as against truancy as district attorney has been criticized as an attempt to criminalize parents whose children missed more than 30 days of schools.

In an April interview on the podcast “Pod Save America,” the senator expressed regret for the “unintended consequences” of her tough stance on truancy.

“My regret is that I have now heard stories that where, in some jurisdictions, DAs have criminalized the parents,” Harris said. “And I regret that that has happened and that, the thought that anything that I did could have led to that, because that certainly was not the intention, was never the intention.”

But the California senator, who has painted herself as a “progressive prosecutor” has also been an avid critic of mass incarceration and private prisons.

“When this country, incarcerates more people than any other country, America must admit it has a problem of mass incarceration,” Harris said at a forum hosted by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

In March, Harris introduced the Ensuring Quality Access to Legal Defense (EQUAL Defense) Act of 2019. The bill would create a $250 million grant program to fund public defense. It also seeks to limit the workload for full-time public defenders, bridge the pay gap between public defenders and prosecutors within five years, and authorize $5 million for non-profit and government organizations to train public defenders.

“All too often, our public defenders are overworked and lack sufficient resources. This makes public defense unsustainable over the long haul,” Harris said. “And the thing that suffers is the integrity of our system of justice, which is supposed to be based on fairness and equality. It’s wrong, and it’s the opposite of justice.”

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Michigan hotel offering free accommodations for women traveling for abortion

Casimiro/iStock(YALE, Mich.) — A hotel in small-town Michigan is offering free accommodation to any woman traveling to the state to have an abortion.

Shelley O’Brien, manager of The Yale Hotel in the tiny town of Yale, Michigan, made the offer in a post on the hotel’s official Facebook page last month, following a spate of sweeping abortion bans passed in a number of states.

“Dear sisters that live in Alabama, Ohio, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, or any of the other states that follow with similar laws restricting access, we cannot do anything about the way you are being treated in your home-state,” O’Brien wrote. “But, if you can make it to Michigan, we will support you with several nights lodging, and transportation to and from your appointment.”

The Facebook post has been shared more than 3,000 times.

O’Brien later added an update to the May 16 post, saying she’s received telephone numbers of people willing to help drive women to the hotel, which is located about 65 miles north of Detroit.

“We’ve got some amazing people in our village,” she wrote. “We’ve got your backs.”

O’Brien did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Monday morning.

More than 350 pieces of legislation that would restrict abortion access have been introduced in states across the country this year, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights research group that was initially started as part of Planned Parenthood, but officially separated in 2007 and has been operating independently ever since.

So far in 2019, 17 bans on abortion have been signed in 10 states — but none have gone into effect because they are all facing a legal challenge or have delayed starts. For now, abortion remains legal in every state.

Last month, Michigan’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Senate both voted to ban second-trimester abortion procedures and make it a felony for doctors to perform them, except to save a woman’s life.

But Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, has vowed to veto any legislation that restricts abortion access.

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Crane collapses on Dallas apartment building leaving one dead, five injured: Police

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ABC News(DALLAS) — A crane collapsed on a Dallas apartment building and parking garage on Sunday, killing at least one person and injuring five others, according to rescue officials.

The crane tore through multiple floors of the five-story Elan City Lights residential building near downtown Dallas at around 2 p.m., Dallas Fire and Rescue officials said, as severe weather touched down in the area.

Two victims were listed in critical condition and three others were listed in “serious,” condition, rescue officials said.

Jason Evans, public information officer for Dallas Fire and Rescue, said the ongoing investigation was extremely fluid.

“The situation is still ongoing and circumstances are still developing, so a lot of what I give you may, in fact, change by the time we depart the scene,” Evans said during a press conference near the accident.

He said the building suffered multiple collapses in different parts of the structure, including residential spaces and the parking garage.

The highest recorded gust in the area was 71 mph at Dallas Love Field, according to the National Weather Service, though winds were likely higher at the elevation where the crane was on top of the building.

“Right now our number one priority is the living area on the eastern-most side of the building where it appears that all five stories at some point inside the structure have collapsed,” Evans said. “This is the same area in which the deceased person was discovered.”

He signaled that the number of victims could increase as the investigation progresses, noting that some areas were far too dangerous for officers to inspect.

“Right now, every single level of the parking garage, in part, has collapsed. We have multiple vehicles reported inside that collapse zone,” he said. “Of course, we have no idea at this point whether any people were in those cars or in that parking lot general.”

“We have areas where we were not able to conduct primary or secondary searches on out of concerns for safety for our first responders,” he added.

All units have been searched and everyone is now accounted for, police said.

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Police: Drunk off-duty police officer crashes into restaurant, kills woman

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WLS-TV(CHICAGO) — An off-duty police officer lost control of his vehicle while allegedly driving drunk and plowed into a restaurant in Chicago early Sunday, killing a woman who was dining inside.

The off-duty officer was driving on 87th Street on Chicago’s South Side when he swerved to avoid another car, jumped a curb and drove through the front of Tony’s Philly Steak restaurant, police said.

A 34-year-old woman who was eating inside the restaurant with a friend was trapped under the vehicle. She was taken to Christ Medical Center and later pronounced dead, according to police.

Friends identified the woman as Marquita Reed, a nurse and mother of two, according to Chicago ABC station WLS-TV.

The officer, whose name has not been released, had a blood alcohol level 0.083 and was charged with driving under the influence, police said. The legal limit in Illinois is 0.08.

He has not yet been charged with any other offenses.

“We’ll keep investigating and when the time comes, he will be held responsible for his actions,” Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson said when asked about the incident at an unrelated press conference Sunday.

The suspect suffered a neck injury in the accident. He is 24 years old and has worked for the Chicago police for three years.

Reed’s friend suffered a broken leg in the crash, according to WLS.

“Before the crash happened there were a lot of customers in the store, but at the time of the crash there were three people in the store,” restaurant owner Tawfik Damra told WLS.

The police officer was driving his personal car at the time.

The other vehicle that swerved in front of the off-duty officer did not stop and has not been found, police said.

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Police: California woman impersonated social worker to try and kidnap newborn

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KABC-TV(SANTA ANA, Calif.) — Police have arrested a woman who allegedly impersonated a social worker in an apparent effort to kidnap a California woman’s newborn child.

Officers arrested the woman on suspicion of kidnapping after a mom said she showed up to her home in Santa Ana, California, on Friday morning and claimed she was there to take her 1-week-old child into protective custody, authorities said.

She allegedly identified herself as a social worker named Mayella Ortega, but she refused to offer any credentials to confirm her identity, according to police. She allegedly threatened to call the sheriff’s department if the victim did not surrender the baby.

“I told her if the sheriff comes and he has to arrest me, then he can arrest me. But I am not going to give you my child,” the mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, told ABC’s Los Angeles station KABC-TV.

The mom said she offered to go with the woman to the police department, but the woman said there wasn’t room in the vehicle for the mother and quickly left the scene, a spokesperson for the Santa Ana Police Department said.

Social workers are typically required to show credentials identifying themselves as government employees.

Investigators with the Santa Ana Police Department said a 38-year-old Hispanic female had been arrested in connection with the case, but it declined to release her name or booking photo.

The suspect turned herself in following the release of video that identified her as a person of interest, police said.

Local detectives are now working in conjunction with the Los Angeles and San Bernardino County sheriff’s departments on “possibly related investigations,” according to police.

Police announced the suspect’s arrest on Saturday morning, saying she’d been booked as part of an investigation by homicide detectives and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

She reportedly told police that the situation was a misunderstanding.

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Red Sox legend David Ortiz shot at club in Dominican Republic, father says

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images(SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic) — Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz was shot at a nightclub in the Dominican Republic late Sunday, according to his father.

The bullet entered Ortiz’s back and exited through his abdomen, according to Ortiz’s father, Leo, who spoke to reporters outside the hospital in Santo Domingo where he is being treated. His father said Ortiz was out of surgery just after midnight and he is in stable condition.

No organs were compromised, according to his father.

Leo Ortiz happily told reporters outside the hospital, in Spanish, “Big Papi will be around for a long time.”

An investigation into the shooting has been opened, but police said in a brief statement they do not believe the motive was robbery.

The suspect in the shooting was immediately roughed up by onlookers and taken to the hospital for treatment. He was treated and released into police custody.

“They called to tell me that David is injured and that they took him to a medical center, but they did not tell me how he is or exactly where he was transferred,” Leo Ortiz told ESPN via telephone earlier in the evening from the Dominican Republic.

“At the moment, everything is confusing. I’m trying to find out where they took my son,” Ortiz’s father added.

The slugger was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and is not just one of the biggest baseball players in the country’s rich history of the sport, but one of its most well-known celebrities overall.

The shooting took place at Dial Bar and Lounge, a nightclub in the nation’s capital, according to ESPN. CCTV footage acquired by ABC News shows a crowded bar with people scattering after the shots are fired and Ortiz, sitting at the bar, appearing to grab his side.

“Our thoughts are with David Ortiz, who is reportedly hospitalized after being shot in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic,” MLB tweeted on its official account.

The Red Sox released a statement of their own later in the evening, saying, “Late last night we were made aware of an incident involving David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic. David’s family has confirmed that he sustained a gunshot wound to the lower back/abdominal region. David is being treated at Clinica Abel Gonzalez in Santo Domingo where he is recovering after surgery.”

“We have offered David’s family all available resources to aid his recovery and will continue to keep them in our hearts,” the statement continued.

Ortiz, 43, won three World Series — in 2004, 2007 and 2013 — and was one of the biggest pieces of breaking the so-called curse of the Boston Red Sox.

Lovingly known as “Big Papi,” he was a 10-time All-Star, seven-time Silver Slugger winner and finished in the top 5 in MVP voting five times. He was also the World Series MVP in 2013.

Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, a legend in the Dominican Republic in his own right, and a former teammate with Ortiz on the 2004 champion Red Sox, tweeted, “I’m at peace knowing you out of danger, you a strong man Compai, can’t wait to hear your voice.”

Ortiz walked away from baseball in 2016, still at the top of his game. He hit .315 and led the league in doubles and runs batted in, but held fast in his decision to walk away as he had announced months earlier.

He finished his career with 541 career home runs, 17th all-time, and was eighth all-time in extra-base hits (1,192) and 12th all-time in doubles (632).

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‘Hadestown,’ Bryan Cranston big winners at the Tony Awards

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Bryan Cranston wins at the 2019 Tony Awards; John P. Filo/CBS(NEW YORK) — Hadestown was the big winner at the 2019 Tony Awards, broadcast live from New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Sunday.  The production grabbed eight trophies, including best musical, Best Featured Actor for Andre De Shields and Best Director for Rachel Chavkin. The Ferryman took home four awards.

Veteran Broadway and film star Elaine May won her first Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Play for The Waverly Galery. Stephanie J. Block was named best actress in a musical for The Cher Show and Tootsie‘s Santino Fontana for best actor. Celia Keenan-Bolger walked off with Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play honors for the Broadway adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play went to Bryan Cranston for his portrayal of Howard Beal in the Broadway adaptation of the 1976 film Network. It was the second win in as many chances for the Cranston, who also won in in 2012 for All the Way.

“Finally, a straight old white man gets a break,” Cranston joked as he picked up the award. He ended his speech on a serious note, however, noting the real news people are under attack. “Media is not the enemy of the people,” he said, “Demagoguery is the enemy of the people.”

Cranston also figured into host James Corden’s opening number about the importance of theater in the age of streaming TV. When the host of CBS’ The Late Late Show caught the actor sneaking off to the bathroom during the song, Cranston yelled, “I’m bloated as hell and I’m not gonna take it anymore!” — a parody of the “I’m mad as hell” signature line from Network.

While picking up her award for directing Hadestown, Chavkin lamented being the only female nominated in the category, and called for more diversity on Broadway, declaring that women and people of color “are ready to go.”

Ali Stroker, the first wheelchair-using actress in a Broadway show and the first to be nominated for a Tony Award, won for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her role in Oklahoma! The musical also took home the award for Best Revival of a Musical. She dedicated the award to “every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge who has been waiting to see themselves represented, you are.”

Here’s the complete list of Tony winners:

Best New Musical

Best New Play
The Ferryman

Best Revival of a Musical

Best Revival of a Play
The Boys in the Band

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Stephanie J. Block, The Cher Show

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Santino Fontana, Tootsie

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Bryan Cranston, Network

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Ali Stroker, Oklahoma!

Best Performance by a Feature Actor in a Musical
André de Shields, Hadestown

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Celia Keenan-Bolger, To Kill a Mockingbird

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Bertie Carvel, Ink

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Best Book of a Musical
Tootsie, Robert Horn

Best Scenic Design of a Play
Rob Howell, The Ferryman

Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Rachel Hauck, Hadestown

Best Costume Design of a Play
Rob Howell, The Ferryman

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Bob Mackie, The Cher Show

Best Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin, Ink

Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Bradley King, Hadestown

Best Sound Design of a Play
Fitz Patton, Choir Boy

Best Sound Design of a Musical
Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown

Best Direction of a Play
Sam Mendes, The Ferryman

Best Direction of a Musical
Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown

Best Choreography
Sergio Trujillo, Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations

Best Orchestrations
Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, Hadestown

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‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ tops the weekend box office; ‘Dark Phoenix’ disappoints

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Universal(NEW YORK) — There was good news and bad news for both of this weekend’s new releases. Universal and Illumination Pictures’ animated feature The Secret Life of Pets 2 — featuring the voices of Patton Oswalt, Ellie Kemper, Harrison Ford, Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart — topped the weekend box office with an estimated $47.1 million debut. However, it was slightly less than the $50 million the studio had expected to make, and less than half the $104.3 million the original opened with in 2016.

Meanwhile, Disney/Fox’s Dark Phoenix, while finishing in second place, only managed to deliver an estimated $33 million — the lowest debut of any film in the X-Men franchise.

The 12th X-Men film and the direct sequel to 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse — which stars Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner as the titular character, along with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence — fared better overseas, where it grabbed an estimated $107 million.

In third place was Disney’s Aladdin, earning an estimated $24.5 million in its third week of release. The film’s total stateside now stands at $232 million, with an additional $372 million overseas, for a worldwide tally of just under $605 million.  Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters fell to fourth place in its second week in theaters, delivering an estimated $15.5 million. Its domestic earnings now stand at around $78.6 million, to go with $213.7 million internationally, putting its global total at upward of $292 million.

Rounding out the top five was Rocketman, with an estimated $14 million.

In limited release, Mindy Kaling’s comedy Late Night, co-starring Emma Thompson, collected an estimated $249,654 from four theaters. It expands nationwide next weekend.

Pavarotti, Ron Howard’s documentary on the life of famed opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, drew $142,500 from 19 locations, while The Last Black Man in San Francisco, starring Jimmie Fails and Donald Glover, delivered an estimated $230,744 from seven theaters in New York and San Francisco. The film will expand to more top markets next weekend.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. The Secret Life of Pets 2, $47.1 million
2. Dark Phoenix, $33 million
3. Aladdin, $24.5 million
4. Godzilla: King of the Monsters, $15.5 million
5. Rocketman, $14 million
6. Ma, $7.8 million
7. John Wick: Chapter Three — Parabellum, $7.4 million
8. Avengers: Endgame, $4.8 million
9. Pokemon Detective Pikachu, $2.98 million
10. Booksmart, $1.577 million

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Scoreboard roundup — 6/9/19

Sports News Scoreboard roundup -- 6/9/19 https://linewsradio.com/scoreboard-roundup-6-9-19/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/sports-news/

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:


Arizona 8 Toronto 2

Tampa Bay 6 Boston 1
Minnesota 12 Detroit 2
NY Yankees 7 Cleveland 6, 10 Innings
Houston 4 Baltimore 0
Chi White Sox 5 Kansas City 2
Oakland 9 Texas 8
Seattle 9 LA Angels 3

Cincinnati 4 Philadelphia 3
NY Mets 6 Colorado 1
Atlanta 7 Miami 6, 12 Innings
Milwaukee 5 Pittsburgh 2
LA Dodgers 1 San Francisco 0
Washington 5 San Diego 2
Chi Cubs 5 St. Louis 1


Boston 5 St. Louis 1 (series tied 3-3)

Connecticut 65 Atlanta 59
NY Liberty 88 Las Vegas 78
Washington 86 Dallas 62
Phoenix 94 Indiana 87
Chicago 78 Seattle 71

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Posted On 10 Jun 2019