On clear days, Kevin Steele would peek through the cracked window of his six-by-eight foot solitary confinement cell on Rikers Island to get a glimpse of his Bronx neighbourhood and mentally escape. Steele was just 17 years old in June 2010 when he was brought to Rikers Island, arguably America’s most notorious prison and the nation’s largest penal colony. He had been arrested for his involvement in a fight and had no means to pay an assigned $85,000 bail. He spent three years at Rikers awaiting trial, 13 months of that in solitary confinement. “The conditions I faced on Rikers were really horrendous,” says Steele. “Looking out of that window was my way to survive.” Steele is today an activist with No New Jails NYC, a grassroots prison abolitionist group formed last year that has become a major player in the campaign to close Rikers. The group has mobilised New Yorkers – including influential Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez … [Read more...] about Rikers 2.0: inside the battle to build four new prisons in New York City
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In the front seat of his car, John Wilson passes me a dossier of scientific research reports and diagrams. At his feet are carefully curated ring binders of correspondence with city council officials, and albums with six years’ worth of photographs documenting brown patches of earth and scorched grass around trees, beside kerbs and along playground fences. In the back of Wilson’s Toyota Yaris is colleague Lydia Koelmans and dog Kim, and we’re parked on a side street of Spital Tongues, a residential area north-west of Newcastle city centre popular with students and families. We’ve met to view examples of the damage done by glyphosate, the world’s most widely produced herbicide. Glyphosate is used liberally in the streets and parks of many towns and cities to control grass and weeds, but was classified last month by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organisation (WHO), as “probably carcinogenic to … [Read more...] about Glyphosate is a ‘probably carcinogenic’ herbicide. Why do cities still use it?
Marvin Miller (left, pictured next to Joe Torre), the union leader who revolutionized baseball by empowering players to negotiate multimillion-dollar contracts and to play for teams of their own choosing, has been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame Marvin Miller, the union leader who revolutionized baseball by empowering players to negotiate multimillion-dollar contracts and to play for teams of their own choosing, has been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. 'I think he's the most important baseball figure of the last 50 years,' Fay Vincent, the former MLB commissioner and Miller's occasional adversary, said of the deceased union chief. 'He changed not just the sport but the business of the sport permanently, and he truly emancipated the baseball player — and in the process all professional athletes.' After falling short in his first seven times on veterans committee ballots, Miller received 12 of 16 votes from this year's 16-man modern committee, exactly the 75 … [Read more...] about Baseball Hall of Fame to posthumously induct players union leader Marvin Miller, who took the MLB to the Supreme Court, established free agency, and helped drive the average annual salary from $19K to $4MILLION
Abigail Breslin went for a sleek and elegant look for the 73rd Annual Tony Awards on Sunday night in New York City. The Broadway vet, 23, arrived on the red carpet with her boyfriend Ira Kunyansky before heading inside for the ceremony. She also presented an early award of the evening with fellow actress Samira Wiley. Sleek chic: Abigail Breslin arrived in a Christian Siriano gown to the Tony Awards in NYC, Sunday night The Little Miss Sunshine star went for a simple, chic look in an all black strapless gown by Christian Siriano. The gown was ruched on the right side, accentuating the stars shape. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Emma Roberts channels inner fairy princess at Met Gala in... Tony Awards 2019: Bryan Cranston wins Best Leading Actor as... Samira Wiley takes the plunge in gorgeous green number with... Share this article Share She kept he hair slicked back, which showed off her diamond and emerald earrings … [Read more...] about Abigail Breslin opts for classical elegance in strapless black gown as she attends Tony Awards with boyfriend Ira Kunyansky
The tale can be read out loud in four minutes. In the version with music, choreography, video production and singing, it takes one hundred minutes. A flurry of gentle, rapid notes envelop listeners seated in an old movie theater as musicians perform to the audience's left and right. A dancer shares the stage space with video projections that seem like holograms. The latter sometimes merge with the corporeal figure and sometimes drift apart or multiply. Two windows at stage rear afford a view of the countryside, which is sometimes stationary, and sometimes whizzing by. Projected images seem to show people looking in on the stage action from behind. Everything is drawn out to a snail's pace. A sense of timelessness ensues, the audience drawn into the hypnotic spell. Read more: Between the reeds and the power plant: 'Lohengrin' at the Bayreuth Festival Which one is the real bridegroom? People, create something new! What does that have to do with the Bayreuth … [Read more...] about Of space and time: a new opera in Bayreuth