Hand to God’s Michael Oberholtzer on Wanting to Be MacGyver & More

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 Hand to God Related Shows Age: “Older than my character.”Hometown: Fort Wayne, INCurrent Role: A gut-busting Broadway debut as Timothy, a sullen high schooler who bullies the shy and puppet-possessed Jason in Hand to God.Stage & Screen Cred: Oberholtzer has been involved with Hand to God since its off-Broadway incarnation and was featured in Second Stage Theatre’s The Talls. He has appeared on screen in Delivery Man, The Americans and Law & Order.“Growing up, I was the class clown. I was somebody who liked to perform and had a big personality. I can’t remember what my senior superlative was, but it was something like ‘Most Likely to Have a Good Time.’”“I wanted to be MacGyver when I grew up. I wanted to work for the Phoenix Foundation, travel the world and be a scientist. That’s what I wanted to do, and when I found out he was an actor, I was like, ‘Dammit. I guess I’ll be an actor.”“My first paid acting job was with Young Playwrights Inc., and I framed my first check. It was only for like $150 but it was such a big deal for me. I sent it to my parents and was like, ‘Look! I’m doing this. I’m making money here.’”“There was a bit of disappointment at first when Sarah Stiles, Marc Kudisch and I joined the cast [of Hand to God] off-Broadway. For whatever reason, they decided to recast those roles. It felt like a family was broken up, but we all love this play and feel committed to it.”“Working with Vince Vaughn on Delivery Man was incredible. I hadn’t booked a job that entire year until that one. I really considered throwing in the towel. Then I get this part, I get to do a lot of improv with Vince—who couldn’t have been better—and work on that level. It was a dream come true.”“The thing that anchors me to Timothy is I understand the anger in this kid over being abandoned, and I can relate to the armor he puts on. But I wasn’t a dickhead in high school [laughs]. I was like an ambassador for everybody.” View Commentslast_img read more

Broadway’s Brightest Shine Together for Orlando!

first_img View Comments Following the horrific tragedy that transpired in Orlando on June 12, the Broadway community has banded together to make a beautiful benefit single of “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” Available to download via Broadway Records, 100% of the proceeds will go to the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida. This evening on Maya & Marty, Broadway’s brightest will shine together to perform the touching tune.Stage faves, including Roger Bart, Charles Busch, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Len Cariou, Paul Castree, Michael Cerveris, Kevin Chamberlin, Josh Colley, Lilla Crawford, Carmen Cusack, Darius de Haas, Carole Demas, Fran Drescher, Cynthia Erivo, Brian G Gallagher, Victor Garber, Frankie Grande, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Megan Hilty, Christopher Scott Icenogle, Bill Irwin, Julie James, Judy Kuhn, Anika Larsen, Liz Larsen, Norm Lewis, Jose Llana, Lorna Luft, Beth Malone, Andrea Martin, Janet Metz, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Debra Monk, Jessie Mueller, Lacretta Nicole, Kelli O’Hara, Rory O’Malley, Orfeh, Laura Osnes, Christine Pedi, Rosie Perez, Billy Porter, Alice Ripley, Chita Rivera, Seth Rudetsky, Keala Settle, Marc Shaiman, Kate Shindle, Jennifer Simard, Rachel Tucker, Jonah Verdon, Max Von Essen, James Wesley, Juli Wesley, Lillias White, Marissa Jaret Winokur, BD Wong and Tony Yazbeck, snapped a pic to celebrate the community coming together during such a trying time. Catch the performance tonight on NBC’s Maya & Marty at 10 pm!Squinting to find your faves? Let’s zoom in, shall we? The performers for ‘Broadway for Orlando.’ Also pictured are ‘Maya & Marty’ stars Maya Rudolph, Martin Short & Kenan Thompson.(Photo: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)last_img read more

Peabody Bankruptcy Draws Attention to Coal Reclamation Responsibilities

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Mead Gruver for the Associated Press:The bankruptcy of yet another major coal company helps draws attention to plans for financially troubled coal companies to cover the potentially huge costs of filling and restoring to a natural state mines that sooner or later might permanently close amid the industry’s downturn.St. Louis-based Peabody filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday. Peabody’s mines include the top-producing coal mine in the U.S., the huge North Antelope Rochelle mine in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.The mine produced 118 million tons in 2014, some 12 percent of production nationwide. So far, recent coal-mine closures have beset the industry in the east, not out west.Bankruptcy reorganization doesn’t change Peabody’s commitment to ongoing reclamation as a routine part of surface mining or to ongoing talks with states and the federal government about long-term bonding obligations, spokeswoman Beth Sutton said.“We see our land restoration as an essential part of the mining process, take great pride in the work that we do and have been routinely recognized for these programs,” Sutton said by email.Advocacy groups, however, warn the recent bankruptcy of several companies including St. Louis-based Arch Coal and Bristol, Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources could leave taxpayers responsible for billions in reclamation costs should a wave of coal-mine closures come to pass.“Bankruptcy should never be used as a haven for a huge corporation to escape its obligations to clean up its mines,” Bob LeResche, chairman of the Powder River Basin Resource Council said in a statement.A key issue is a practice called self-bonding. Self-bonding allows coal companies to open their books to regulators and promise to pay for mine cleanup in lieu of posting bond for mine reclamation up front.Peabody alone has more than $1 billion in self-bonding obligations in Wyoming, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado and New Mexico. Almost three-quarters of that amount, $728 million, would cover Peabody’s three mines in Wyoming. Coal mine self-bonding among the top 12 coal-producing states tops $3 billion.The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has reached bankruptcy-court agreements with Alpha Natural Resources and Arch that would ensure the state would get priority access to funds to cover those companies’ self-bonding obligations. The agreements would help Wyoming secure about 15 percent of Alpha Natural Resources’ $411 million and Arch Coal’s $486 million in self-bonding in the state.Such agreements help ensure the companies remain on adequate footing to keep their mines open and continue routine reclamation work that’s far below the need for total reclamation, Wyoming officials say.“We are reviewing the filing and will be having communication with the company,” Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Keith Guille said Wednesday. “Wyoming residents have not had to pay for reclamation to date.”The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, meanwhile, has been reviewing coal self-bonding in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Indiana and Illinois in recent months.Peabody Chapter 11, helps draw attention to coal reclamation Peabody Bankruptcy Draws Attention to Coal Reclamation Responsibilitieslast_img read more

Antitoxin for infant botulism slashes hospital stays

first_img BIG-IV is made from blood plasma donated by CDHS laboratory workers and colleagues who were previously immunized with botulinum toxoid because they work with the toxin. The product contains antibodies against botulinum toxin types A and B, which cause almost all cases of infant botulism in the United States, according to the report. Subsequent use of the drug to treat several hundred babies in an open-label study saved more than 20 patient-years of hospitalization and $34 million in hospital charges, according to the report in the Feb 2 New England Journal of Medicine. The study was authored by Stephen S. Arnon and colleagues, of the California Department of Health Services (CDHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the University of California, Berkeley. Feb 8, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A human-derived antitoxin for babies with botulism shortened their hospital stays by an average of more than 3 weeks and reduced average hospital bills by about $88,000 in a randomized trial, according to a recent report. The authors write that because botulism is now classified as a category A biological weapon, a larger supply of human antitoxin than can be derived from blood plasma is needed, and a recombinant antitoxin is in development. The randomized trial included 122 infants who were hospitalized in California with botulism over a 5-year period from 1992 to 1997. (All infants hospitalized with suspected botulism were potential participants, but only those with laboratory-confirmed cases were included in the results.) Fifty-nine patients received BIG-IV; 63 received a placebo. The authors calculated that the open-label study saved a total of 20.3 years of hospitalization time and $34.2 million in hospital charges. In the open-label study, BIG-IV was offered in cases of infant botulism, first in California and later in other states, between the end of the randomized trial and licensing of the drug in October 2003. For the 366 patients who were treated within 7 days of hospital admission, the mean hospital stay was 2.2 weeks and the average hospital bill was $57,900. The average hospital stay for patients treated within the first 3 days after admission was 2.0 weeks, significantly shorter than the 2.9 weeks for those treated between 4 and 7 days after admission. The treatment group had an average hospital stay of 2.6 weeks and average hospital charges of $74,800, versus 5.7 weeks and $163,400 for the placebo group (P<.001 for both results). The treatment group also required significantly shorter periods of intensive care, mechanical ventilation, and tube or intravenous feeding. The benefits were significant regardless of whether patients had type A or type B illness.center_img See also: “We conclude that BIG-IV . . . is a safe and effective treatment for infant botulism type A and type B,” the article states. “Treatment should be given as soon as possible after hospital admission and should not be delayed for confirmatory testing of feces or enema.” Arnon SS, Schechter R, Maslanka SE, et al. Human botulism immune globulin for the treatment of infant botulism. N Engl J Med 2006;354(5):462-71 [Abstract] A botulism antitoxin derived from vaccinated horses is available for adults in the United States, but serious side effects deter its use in infants. To fill this gap, the California Department of Health Services developed the human-derived antitoxin, called Botulism Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human), or BIG-IV. The Food and Drug Administration licensed the drug as BabyBIG in 2003. Between 80 and 110 cases of infant botulism are reported each year in the United States, making it an orphan disease, the report says. The illness usually occurs when babies swallow Clostridium botulinum spores, which grow in the large intestine and produce botulinum toxin. The toxin enters the bloodstream and binds to nerves at neuromuscular junctions, leading to paralysis. California Department of Health Services’ Infant Botulism Treatment and Prevention Programhttp://infantbotulism.org/last_img read more

‘Night fell’: Hong Kong’s first month under China security law

first_img‘A second handover’ Despite assurances that the law would only target an “extreme minority”, certain peaceful political views became illegal overnight and the precedent-setting headlines have come at a near-daily rate.”The overnight change was so dramatic and so severe, it felt as momentous as a second handover,” Antony Dapiran, a Hong Kong lawyer who has written books about the city’s politics, told AFP.”I don’t think anyone expected it would be as broad-reaching as it proved to be, nor that it would be immediately wielded in such a draconian way as to render a whole range of previously acceptable behavior suddenly illegal.”The law itself was new territory. It bypassed Hong Kong’s legislature — its contents kept secret until the moment it was enacted — and toppled the firewall between the mainland and Hong Kong’s vaunted independent judiciary.China claimed jurisdiction for some serious cases and enabled its security agents to operate openly in the city for the first time, moving into a requisitioned luxury hotel.Officially the law targets subversion, secession, terrorism and colluding with foreign forces. But much like similar laws on the mainland used to crush dissent, the definitions were broad.Inciting hatred of the government, supporting foreign sanctions and disrupting the operation of Hong Kong’s government all count as national security crimes, and Beijing claimed the right to prosecute anyone in the world.Hong Kongers did not have to wait long to see how the letter of the law might be applied.The first arrests came on 1 July, the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover, mainly against people possessing banners or other objects carrying pro-independence slogans.One man who allegedly drove a motorbike into police while flying an independence flag was the first to be charged — with terrorism and secession.The law was felt in many other ways.Schools and libraries pulled books deemed to breach the new law. Protest murals disappeared from streets and restaurants. Teachers were ordered to keep politics out of classrooms. Local police were handed wide surveillance tools — without the need for court approval — and were given powers to order internet takedowns.On Monday Jimmy Lai — a local media mogul and one of the city’s most vocal Beijing critics — was arrested under the new law along with six other people, accused of colluding with foreign forces. Chung describes the law in stark terms.”I think night just fell on Hong Kong,” the 19-year-old told AFP after his release on bail, the investigation ongoing.A political earthquake has coursed through the former British colony since the national security law came into effect on 30 June.Under the handover deal with London, Beijing agreed to let Hong Kong keep certain freedoms and autonomy until 2047, helping its transformation into a world-class financial center. Teenager Tony Chung said he was walking outside a shopping mall when police officers from Hong Kong’s new national security unit swooped, bundled him into a nearby stairwell and tried to scan his face to unlock his phone.Chung’s alleged crime was to write comments on social media that endangered national security, one of four students — including a 16-year-old girl — detained for the same offence that day.The arrests were made under a sweeping new law Beijing imposed on Hong Kong in late June, radically changing the once-freewheeling business hub. Topics :center_img Political crackdownThe roll-out combined with a renewed crackdown on pro-democracy politicians.In July, authorities announced 12 prospective candidates, including four sitting legislators, were banned from standing in upcoming local elections.They were struck off for having unacceptable political views, such as campaigning to block legislation by winning a majority, or criticizing the national security law.City leader Lam later postponed the election by a year, citing a sudden rise in coronavirus cases. Three prominent academics and government critics lost their university jobs. Media started having visa issues including The New York Times, which announced it would move some of its Asia newsroom to South Korea.Gwyneth Ho, one of the disqualified election candidates, described the security law’s suppression of freedoms as “obvious and quick”.”We are now in uncharted territory,” she told AFP.Nonetheless, Ho remained optimistic.”The people’s fighting spirit is still there, waiting for a moment to erupt,” she said.”Hong Kong people have not surrendered.” The security law — a response to last year’s huge and often-violent pro-democracy protests — upended that promise. Last week the United States placed sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials, including city leader Carrie Lam.last_img read more

A landmark home, which sits at the highest point in Teneriffe has sold under the hammer

first_img32 Teneriffe Drive, Teneriffe.“It has a grandeur yet as soon as you enter the door you feel welcomed. It’s been a very welcoming and gracious home to live in.” 32 Teneriffe Drive, Teneriffe.In all seven bidders lined up to secure the house with bidding starting at $3 million before quickly increasing to $4 million before selling under the hammer. Megan Ward at her Teneriffe home which sold at auction. Picture: AAP/ Ric FrearsonA LANDMARK home, which sits at the highest point in Teneriffe has sold under the hammer for $4.405 million, one of the highest prices achieved in the suburb for a non-riverfront property in more than a decade. 32 Teneriffe Drive, Teneriffe.The home, which dates back to the 1900s is on a corner block opposite Teneriffe Park, has city views and overlooks the Brisbane River.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoOwner Megan Ward, bought the house at 32 Teneriffe Drive, Teneriffe, 11 years ago.She said anyone who walked past wanted to see inside it. 32 Teneriffe Drive, Teneriffe.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom, colonial is within walking distances of the Brisbane River, James Street and Gasworks.It was marketed through Henry Hodge of McGrath Estate Agents.last_img read more

Timetable released for State Road 46 bridge repair

first_imgBatesville, In. — Contractors for the Indiana Department of Transportation will begin work on the State Road 46 Bridge west of Batesville on Monday, July 17. Spokesman Harry MaGinnity says the goal is to have the work completed by the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, August 9.North Vernon-based Dave O’Mara Contracting will drive steel piling on either side of the bridge and place a 50-foot crossbeam across the center. When complete, the bridge will be a two-span structure and there will be no weight limit. The value of the work is estimated to be about $90,000.The bridge was closed in late June after an inspection uncovered structural deficiencies. During the closure heavy traffic will be required to use State Road 229, I-74 and Decatur County Road 850 East.last_img read more

Syracuse football recruiting: safety Will Harper commits to Class of 2016

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 12, 2015 at 7:58 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Related Stories Syracuse football recruiting: 3-star quarterback Rex Culpepper chooses Syracuse over national powerhousesRobert Washington, 4-star recruit, verbally commits to Syracuse for Class of 2016center_img Sandy Creek (Georgia) High School safety Will Harper verbally committed to Syracuse on Friday evening.Harper’s commitment, which was first reported by Scout.com, is the fifth in the Orange’s Class of 2016 and first defensive player. He confirmed his commitment via Twitter minutes later.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 6-foot, 180-pound Harper is ranked with two stars on Rivals.com and he also had offers from Air Force, Army and Kent State. Just three days ago, the Orange picked up its fourth verbal pledge from quarterback Rex Culpepper.Harper may also fit in at SU as a linebacker or nickel cornerback according to multiple media reports. He is the sixth player from Georgia to choose the Orange since the Class of 2014.Prior to Culpepper, Syracuse’s last commit came on April 25 when four-star running back Robert Washington pledged to SU. Wide receiver Sadiq Palmer and offensive tackle Cam DeGeorge round out the rest of the class. Commentslast_img read more

USC science students launch social media app

first_imgAt the beginning of Jack O’Grady’s freshman year at USC, he found himself wishing for a way to know what his friends were up to and what events were happening on campus. Now a sophomore majoring in physics, O’Grady has developed an app called Packup that allows users to see what both friends and strangers are up to in real time.“Everyone is within a one-mile radius, hanging out 24/7,” O’Grady said. “It was so different from high school, the dynamic of constantly making plans. So I started toying with the idea of being able to see who’s free and who’s not, and through a year and a half of iteration arrived at where we are now.”The app allows users to indicate their availability with a red, yellow or green light. It also provides two feeds, one with friends and one with strangers, where people can share binocular-shaped photos of their location and present activity. Packup currently has a little over 400 users, including many USC students.“We are really interested in the idea of presence — what are people doing right now?” O’Grady said. “It goes beyond just your friends but everyone around you because they’re the ones influencing how popular a cafe is, how long the lines will be. We wanted a way to connect people in real time to help them explore places, figure out where to go.”As his idea expanded into something tangible, O’Grady found himself in need of more manpower, so he recruited two other USC students to join his team. Quinn Ellis, a sophomore majoring in computer science, assumes the role of chief technology officer and does most of the programming, and Peter Kaminski, also a sophomore majoring in computer science, manages the data and server backings. Each has their own area of expertise, but together, they were able to combine their talents to build Packup.“Jack and I started last year around October, so it’s been a year and a few months,” Ellis said. “I did all the programming until over the summer [when] we hired Peter Kaminski, who does a lot of the back end stuff. Every time we do a small launch and get feedback, there’s a lot of stuff we learn, and there’s a lot of stuff we have to change that we thought was going to work, but didn’t.”The team readily admits that the photo-sharing app seems similar to social media giants such as Instagram or Snapchat right now. But they were quick to emphasize the real time aspect of Packup as well as its utility and ease in helping create instant plans.“We found that even though the pictures are different, it’s still just a picture,” Ellis said. “You post on Instagram a picture you’ve spent time on, [while on] Snapchat you post if you’re doing something cool. But they’re not about what you’re doing right now, or if you want to go do something with your friends.”The team learned early on that building from the ground up is a challenge. After a wave of initial enthusiasm, user growth stagnated. An exciting moment came, however, when Packup was picked up by Science, Inc., an incubator located in Santa Monica, Calif. that supports promising startups.“Before it was just an idea. We would meet up on campus at night and work on it,” O’Grady said. “But getting a term sheet and our first outside funding from the incubator brought us to the next level and gave us a big resurge in energy.”Additionally, the group has ambitious goals in their experiments with virtual reality. Though they are starting small with 360-degree photography, they hope to eventually graduate to full-on, immersive and three-dimensional experiences in collaboration with Google Cardboard or other VR headsets.“We’re trying to focus on creating a go-to platform for virtual reality, where people can meet up with their friends through VR and do things together,” Kaminski said. “Next month, we’ll have standard VR photos where you can pan around the photos, see it from 360 degrees.”Throwing all their energy and efforts into Packup, the developers hope that the app will become successful enough to turn into a full-time job after college.“I’d really like to see Packup take off and become something people really value when using their phone,” Kaminski said. “It’d be really satisfying not to have to look for a job after college, just start working on something full-time that had originally been just a side project.”last_img read more

Softball: Wisconsin splits doubleheader with Green Bay

first_imgThe Wisconsin softball team’s doubleheader against Green Bay began positively for the Badgers, but unfortunately for Wisconsin, the difference between game one and two was night and day.Wisconsin (18-23, 3-10 Big Ten) kicked off their doubleheader against Green Bay with an impressive 6-2 victory over the Phoenix (13-19), but the Badgers were unable to keep the momentum going in the second game, losing 15-9 to the Phoenix to snap their two-game win streak.After freshman Mariah Watts picked up the win for the Badgers in game one, Wisconsin sent freshman Annie Davis out to the mound in game two to try to pick up the sweep. Davis ultimately struggled in her fifth start of the year, giving up 11 earned runs in four and two-thirds innings.Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy said after the game that the inexperienced Davis was put into a tough position because they would have liked to have started their top starter, Taylor-Paige Stewart, but ultimately elected not to to rest her after throwing a lot of pitches in their previous series against Iowa.“We made a choice not to throw Taylor tonight, our number one,” Healy said. “She threw a lot against Iowa, more than 200 pitches, so I think their well-being is always going to be the main thing.”Wisconsin had no issues hitting the ball in game two, but the Phoenix responded strongly each time Wisconsin put runs on the board.The Badgers started out hot in game two when a Chloe Miller RBI single gave Wisconsin a 1-0 lead in the first inning. After the Phoenix tied it up in the top of the second, freshman Kelsey Jenkins hit a RBI double, clearing the bases, to give Wisconsin a 5-2 lead after two innings of play.Both teams went back and forth putting runs up on the board until the fifth inning when Green Bay’s Abby Brinkmeier hit into a fielder’s choice that allowed Kelli Hutchinson to score and tie the game at seven.After Green Bay continued to rally in the fifth to jump out to a 9-7 lead, Wisconsin continued to fight back when Nyah Rodman singled to bring them within one. But from that point on, it would be all Green Bay.Green Bay broke the game open in the top of the sixth inning, erupting for six runs mainly due to a two-out grand slam by Miranda Spangberg that gave Green Bay a six run lead.The Badgers got another run across in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it would not be enough to stop Green Bay to earn a split in the doubleheader with a 15-9 win.Although Wisconsin could not stop Green Bay from scoring, Wisconsin’s nine runs were nonetheless a solid offensive performance. After the game, Healy offered praise for freshman Kelsey Jenkins, who went 3-5 with three RBI on the day.“Kelsey Jenkins as a freshman had an awesome day,” Healy said. “It was really fun to watch her and a couple other lefties get things done.”While Healy was disappointed not to get the win, she still saw positives her team could take from the game, especially in a down year.“It was nice to see some positives,” Healy said. “You always want to come out and get the wins you can, but seasons like this, you’re working on just getting better.”In game one of the doubleheader, Watts threw seven innings, giving up only two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out four.The Badgers started the scoring right away in the bottom of the first inning, scoring two runs on four hits, but the Phoenix responded with a run in its half of the second inning. Wisconsin added another run in the second inning to take a 3-1 lead after two innings of play.With Watts dealing on the mound, the Badgers added three insurance runs over the fifth and sixth innings to pull ahead 6-2, where the score would stay for the rest of the game.Seven Badgers recorded hits in game one with Miller and Jenkins leading the way at three hits apiece. Miller and Ashley Van Zeeland each had two RBIs for Wisconsin in the first game.Wisconsin’s next chance to get back on track will come Friday when they travel to Illinois to take on the Fighting Illini in a three game series. Healy is optimistic considering they will have Stewart back on the hill.“Taylor’s going to be back out there against Illinois,” Healy said. “She threw great against Iowa, so we’re looking forward to that.”last_img read more