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New York Gets Green Light To Test For COVID-19 Virus

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) ALBANY — New York received approval Saturday to conduct its own tests for the COVID-19 virus, a move officials said will significantly speed up turnaround times for results as the outbreak spreads.Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the New York test has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and that testing will begin immediately at Wadsworth Lab near the state Capitol in Albany. New York City officials separately announced the FDA had approved their application to develop their own test and would soon begin COVID-19 tests in the city.“This approval will expedite wait time and improve New York’s ability to more effectively manage the coronavirus situation as it unfolds,” Cuomo said in a prepared release.There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York state, though one person is under investigation in New York City. As state and city officials made their announcements, officials in Washington state said a person has died of COVID-19, the first such death in the United States. Since emerging in China in December, COVID-19 has sickened more than 85,000 people and killed more than 2,900 around the world.For more than month, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been running tests on samples taken from people in the U.S. suspected of being infected. The test takes four to six hours to run, once it’s in the lab. But the time needed to get a result can take longer the further it has to be shipped.The CDC developed a test kit that could be sent to state and big city public health labs, but most of the kits proved to be faulty, providing inconclusive results to test samples that should have tested positive.As state and big-city public health labs awaited a fix for faulty kits, New York City and the state sought permission this week to run their own version of the test.Mayor Bill de Blasio also said that the CDC has sent new kits that will allow the city to run the federal agency’s test locally.De Blasio said they will soon be able to get test results in hours, instead of days.It’s groundbreaking for state or city labs to try to get emergency approval for their own testing in such a situation, rather than simply getting an approved test via the CDC, said Scott Becker, the Association of Public Health Laboratories’ chief executive officer.“This will greatly enhance the city and state’s ability to test for potential cases of COVID-19 and to expand surveillance across the state,” Becker said in a prepared statement Saturday. MGN Imagelast_img read more

Local School Investigating Student Misconduct

first_imgPixabay Stock Image.MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua Lake Central School District is working with police to investigate a misconduct complaint at the school.In a post on the district’s website, the school says they received a complaint regarding misconduct by students and promptly began an investigation of that complaint.“The District has made a referral to local law enforcement to conduct the investigation, which has not yet concluded,” officials said in a statement. “The District takes all such allegations very seriously, and is awaiting the conclusions of the investigation.”Because this is a student matter, the District says they cannot comment further on the allegations. We are working to learn more about this story and will provide updates. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Philip Seymour Hoffman Died of a Concoction of Drugs

first_img Hoffman was last seen on Broadway in 2012 playing Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, a performance that took its toll on the acting legend. He died aged 46 years old, father of three children: Cooper, Tallulah and Willa. The New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled February 28 that Oscar winner and three-time Tony nominee Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an accidental overdose. According to the Wall Street Journal, the acting legend had several narcotics in his system, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine. Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on February 2. The drugs found in his apartment included the anti-anxiety drug Hydroxyzine, the muscle relaxer Methocarbamol, the addiction medication Buprenorphine, the ADHD drug Vyvanse and blood pressure drug Clonidine. Only the muscle relaxer and blood pressure medications appeared to have been prescribed.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Dave Thomas Brown & Kristolyn Lloyd Join Heathers

first_img Under the direction of Andy Fickman, the cast of Heathers also includes Barrett Wilbert Weed, Elle McLemore, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Katie Ladner, Jon Eidson, Evan Todd, Tony winner Anthony Crivello, Dan Cooney, Dan Domenech, Michelle Duffy, Cait Fairbanks, Rachel Flynn, Molly Hager, Charissa Hogeland, AJ Meijer, Matthew Schatz, Dan Domenech and Dustin Sullivan. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 4, 2014 Based on the 1988 cult classic film, Heathers features music, lyrics and a book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. The tuner follows Veronica Sawyer, a high school outsider who suddenly finds herself part of a pack of the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio: Heather, Heather and Heather. Veronica rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place—six feet under. Westerberg High has some new faces you better look out for. Dave Thomas Brown and Kristolyn Lloyd join the cast of the hit off-Broadway musical Heathers at New World Stages on June 9. Brown steps in as J.D., a role originated by Ryan McCartan, and Kristolyn Lloyd assumes the role of Heather Duke, replacing Alice Lee. View Commentscenter_img Brown’s stage credits include Spring Awakening and Shakespeare’s R&J. Lloyd originated the role of Heather Duke in Heathers: The Musical at The Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles. Additional theater credits include Witness Uganda, Hairspray and Rent. She plays the recurring part of Dayzee Leigh Forrester on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful. Heathers: The Musical Related Showslast_img read more

I Believe in Unicorns Will Transfer to West End

first_img I Believe in Unicorns is set in a library full of books which contain more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. He loves playing in the mountains and hates reading and school but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn and the Unicorn Lady in his local library. The interactive show is devised and produced by Wizard Presents, directed by Dani Parr, designed by Kate Bunce, with music and sound by Martin Thompson, lighting by Will Evans and projection by Arnim Freiss. Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns will transfer to London’s West End. The one-woman production, starring Danyah Miller, will play at the Vaudeville Theatre August 8 through August 31, following a National tour.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Kevin Meaney & More Complete the Cast for Off-Broadway’sPageant

first_img Related Shows Break out your cinchers, padding, flippers and whatever else you need to turn it out on the pageant runway! The cast is now complete for the off-Broadway return of Pageant: The Musical. Emmy winner Kevin Meaney (Hairspray) will serve as the pageant host, and also joining the group of tiara-crazed beauties is Nic Cory (Signs of Life), who takes over for Frankie J. Grande. The tuner will begin performances on June 29 at The Davenport Theatre, where it will play concurrently with Forbidden Broadway on Sunday and Monday evenings through September 1. Opening night is set for July 14. Like every beauty pageant you’ve seen before, Pageant features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. With swimsuit, talent and evening gown competitions, the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Unlike some (though possibly not all) beauty pageants you’ve seen before, the female contestants are all played by men and the audience gets to select the winner each night. View Comments Pageant: The Musicalcenter_img Conceived by Robert Longbottom, the show is written by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell and Frank Kelly with music by Albert Evans. The tuner premiered off-Broadway in 1991 prior to engagements in the West End and around the world. It recently celebrated a sold-out benefit run for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in February, which featured Cearley, Ringler, Thomas and Tucker. Meaney and Cory board a cast that includes the previously announced Skivvies headliner Nick Cearley, Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas, Seth Tucker and Curtis Wiley. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 26, 2014last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Anne Hathaway on Mary Poppins Rumors & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Hathaway on Poppins RumorsSpit-spot! As soon as it was confirmed that a new Mary Poppins movie was in the works, speculation started about who would play the world’s favorite nanny. Top of the list was Anne Hathaway. How would she feel about taking on the iconic role? “Cool! No one’s talked to me about it,” the Oscar winner and off-Broadway alum told ET. We would add the word “yet” to her statement, concurring with Hathaway’s The Intern co-star Robert De Niro, who revealed that he thought she’d be a “terrific” pick. Check out the interview with the pair below. View Comments Jersey Boys Walk Like Men Past Miss SaigonOh what a night! As of the September 22 performance, the Tony-winning Jersey boys will surpass Miss Saigon with 4,093 performances, becoming the 12th longest-running show in Broadway history. And that’s not the only milestone on the cards. On November 6, Jersey Boys will reach its tenth anniversary on the Great White Way. Hats off to the big men in town, currently playing at the Main Stem’s August Wilson Theatre!Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Wins BigPlaywrights Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Dominique Morisseau will be honored at the 2015 Steinberg Playwright Awards on November 16; they will each receive $50,000 for their distinctive and compelling voices. Congratulations to both for the prestigious honor.last_img read more

The Gin Game, Starring James Earl Jones & Cicely Tyson, Opens on B’way

first_img The Gin Game Go ahead: Just try to think of a card game more riveting than one that puts Darth Vader and Miss Jane Pittman head-to-head. Stage and screen icons James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson headline D.L. Coburn’s The Gin Game, which opens officially on October 14. The revival, directed by Leonard Foglia, will play the Golden Theatre through January 10, 2016.In honor of the play’s big night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson created this portrait of the two theatrical legends in action. Check out Jones as Weller and Tyson as Fonsia, complete with a killer hand.Congratulations to the Gin Game team! We’d wish you luck, but we know that’s hardly needed. Especially for Fonsia. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 10, 2016 About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.center_img View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Shubert Honchos Honored as NYC Living Landmarks

first_img View Comments Honorees Philip J. Smith, Robert E. Wankel, Susan L. Solomon, Susan Weber, Brooke Garber Neidich, Daniel Neidich & Ken Langone. Photo by Jim Salzano. Every year, The New York Landmarks Conservancy takes a break from protecting New York City’s vibrant neighborhoods and buildings for one night to shine a spotlight on special New Yorkers at their “Living Landmarks” gala. This year, two Broadway stalwarts were among the honorees: longtime Shubert Organization leaders Philip J. Smith and Robert E. Wankel. In the hot shot above, Wankel hits the red carpet with presenters Bernadette Peters and Joel Grey. Other honorees were Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone, business executives and philanthropists Brooke Garber Neidich and Daniel Neidich, New York Stem Cell Foundation pioneer Susan L. Solomon and Bard Graduate Center founder Dr. Susan Weber. Also on hand was Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, who performed for the starry crowd at The Plaza. The event raised a record $1.4 million for the vital nonprofit organization. Congrats to all!last_img read more

Raise Your Hand If You Watched This Week’s Younger!

first_imgHilary Duff & Sutton Foster in ‘Younger'(Photo: TV Land) After a two-week absence of statement necklaces, Miriam Shor finally upped her game with two exquisite pieces this episode. First, she rocked this emerald-hued ensemble—with just over a month to go until St. Patrick’s Day. And with that coat, she’s like a snow leopard leprechaun. A leoparchaun, if you will. A few scenes later, she served “Dark Side of the Moon” realness with a hefty assortment of balls and shafts. Yep, not suggestive in the slightest. Buckle your seatbelts and strap on your statement necklaces (two of them, if you’re Miriam Shor), because it’s time for this week’s Younger recap. Liza’s come down from her pot pop high, and although she can’t lift her arm, she’s orchestrating a master scheme to get rid of Jade, win back the lost advance, screw over a competitor and partake in some Bing product placement—all at the same time. Let’s navigate the sneaky plan.SEASON 2, EPISODE 6: “Un-Jaded”Emoji UpdateLiza and Josh wake up (almost all of the cold opens this season take place in a bed, often post-coitus), and Liza can’t move her arm above a 90-degree angle. At the doctor’s, they learn she’s suffering from adhesive capsulitis, a.k.a. “40-year-old shoulder.” Charles and Diana (mostly Diana) woo Hugh Shirley (David Wain), an author whose stance on feminism includes wearing a tampon to understand a woman’s experience. Kelsey and Liza track Jade’s Instagram; as you may recall, Jade is publicly blowing her advance from her book that doesn’t exist—the last grand went toward a diamond pacifier. Liza hatches a plan: write the first chapter of Jade’s draft using her social media to build buzz and sell the account. Maggie finishes her Durga-inspired sculpture, and Lauren plans to have it featured at Hector and Dorf’s store. Liza, Kelsey and Lauren get their nails done (in a throwback to Jane Krakowski last season, the manicurist immediately picks up on Liza’s secret), and Lauren leaks the fake chapter to The Cut as part of Liza’s plan. At a business dinner, Diana is repulsed by Hugh’s well-intentioned but half-assed attempts at feminism, but ends up making out with him (who are we to deny someone of their thirst?) before he sends her off in a cab. Kelsey sells the book (which—again—doesn’t exist) to a rival agency. All of this is somehow legal. Hector and Dorf use the sculpture’s many arms to hang coats. As for Liza’s arm, she still can’t move it, but at least Josh is there to give her a shoulder massage.Biggest OMG Moment:When Liza pulls up Jade’s posts, pics and tweets by BING SEARCHING “jade winslow [sic] social media posts.” Listen: We’ve done our fair share of stalking people’s Twitter and Instagram accounts. But we don’t search “social media posts” when craving Bernadette Peters’ most recent musings on dogs and Mozart in the Jungle, and we certainly don’t use Bing to do so. Does anyone?Millennial Glossary:Squad:(noun) A small assembly or “posse” of friends. While the word is by no means a millennial brainchild, its usage, particularly as part of the phrase “squad goals,” i.e. a squad which one aspires to join, is popular. For examples of #SquadGoals, please see here. Or here. Or here.Moment That Made Us Go:When Liza, Kelsey and Lauren discuss the “Marie Claire enema retreat,” one of Jade’s exposés. Suddenly, our team retreats to Marie’s Crisis sound much more normal.Diana’s Statement Jewelry Update!center_img View Commentslast_img read more