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Today in history, Tuesday, June 30

In 1865, eight people, including Mary Surratt and Dr. Samuel Mudd, were convicted by a military commission of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. Four defendants, including Surratt, were executed; Mudd was sentenced to life in prison, but was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson in 1869.

In 1934, Adolf Hitler launched his “blood purge” of political and military rivals in Germany in what came to be known as “The Night of the Long Knives.”.

In 1971, the Supreme Court ruled, 6-3, that the government could not prevent The New York Times or The Washington Post from publishing the Pentagon Papers.

In 1994, the U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the national championship and banned her for life for her role in the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.

In 1982, the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution expired, having failed to receive the required number of ratifications for its adoption, despite having its seven-year deadline extended by three years.

In 1986, the Supreme Court, in Bowers v. Hardwick, ruled 5-4 that states could outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults, however, the nation’s highest court effectively reversed this decision in 2003 in Lawrence v. Texas.

In 1994, the U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the national championship and banned her for life for her role in the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.

In 1997, the Union Jack was lowered for the last time over Government House in Hong Kong as Britain prepared to hand the colony back to China at midnight after ruling it for 156 years.

In 2009, American soldier Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl went missing from his base in eastern Afghanistan, and was later confirmed to have been captured by insurgents. Bergdahl was released on May 31, 2014 in exchange for five Taliban detainees.

In 2010: President Barack Obama talked about the economy at a town hall in Racine, Wisconsin, saying, “We got it moving again,” and that he intended to get “our debt and our deficits under control,” but warned he wouldn’t slash spending at the expense of the economic rebound. Benigno Aquino III was sworn in as the Philippines’ 15th president.

In 2013, 19 elite firefighters known as members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed battling a wildfire northwest of Phoenix after a change in wind direction pushed the flames back toward their position.

In 2015: a tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president with a promise to tell voters the truth “whether you like it or not, or whether it makes you cringe every once in a while or not.” An Indonesian Air Force transport plane crashed, killing more than 120 people on board and 22 on the ground. Actress Jennifer Garner and actor Ben Affleck announced plans to end their 10-year marriage.

In 2019: President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un met at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, and agreed to revive talks on the North’s nuclear program. A working-level meeting in Sweden in October would break down over what the North Koreans described as the Americans’ “old stance and attitude.” A small plane crashed at a suburban Dallas airport, killing all 10 people on board; the plane had struggled to gain altitude before veering to the left and crashing into a hangar. At the start of the NBA’s free agency period, Kevin Durant announced that he was leaving the Golden State Warriors after three seasons and signing with the Brooklyn Nets.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Lea Massari is 87. Actress Nancy Dussault is 84. Songwriter Tony Hatch is 81. Singer Glenn Shorrock is 76. Actor Leonard Whiting is 70. Jazz musician Stanley Clarke is 69. Actor David Garrison is 68. Rock musician Hal Lindes (Dire Straits) is 67. Actor-comedian David Alan Grier is 64. Actor Vincent D’Onofrio is 61. Actress Deirdre Lovejoy is 58. Actor Rupert Graves is 57. Former boxer Mike Tyson is 54. Actor Peter Outerbridge is 54. Rock musician Tom Drummond (Better Than Ezra) is 51. Actor-comedian Tony Rock (TV: “Living Biblically”) is 51. Actor Brian Bloom is 50. Actor Brian Vincent is 50. Actress Monica Potter is 49. Actress Molly Parker is 48. Actor Rick Gonzalez is 41. Actor Tom Burke is 39. Actress Lizzy Caplan is 38. Actress Susannah Flood is 38. Rock musician James Adam Shelley (American Authors) is 37. Country singer Cole Swindell is 37. Rhythm and blues singer Fantasia is 36. Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps is 35. Actor Sean Marquette (TV: “The Goldbergs”) is 32.


Entertainment
AP
Broadway shutdown due to virus extended again until January

NEW YORK — The shutdown on Broadway has been extended again — until at least early January.

Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through Jan. 3.

“The Broadway experience can be deeply personal but it is also, crucially, communal,” said Thomas Schumacher, chairman of the board of The Broadway League, which represents producers.

“The safety of our cast, crew, orchestra and audience is our highest priority and we look forward to returning to our stages only when it’s safe to do so,” he added.

Broadway theaters abruptly closed on March 12, knocking out all shows — including 16 that were still scheduled to open — and postponing indefinitely the Tony Award schedule. Producers, citing health and city authorities, previously extended the shutdown to June 7 and then again to Sept. 6.

Actors’ Equity Association, the national union that represents actors and stage managers, noted the closure extension and urged lawmakers to include arts funding and loans to help those who work in the live performing arts.

The association is pushing for an emergency $4 billion in supplemental funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, low interest loans for theaters that do not qualify for NEA funding, restoring the business tax deduction for the purchase of live entertainment tickets and the passage of the bipartisan Performing Artist Tax Parity Act.

In London, producer Cameron Mackintosh has said his company’s West End productions of “Hamilton,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Mary Poppins” and “Les Miserables” won’t reopen until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington has canceled performances and events through 2020, as has the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston.

Broadway grossed $1.8 billion last season and attracted a record 15 million people. Producers and labor unions are discussing ways theaters can reopen safely.

The latest extension wipes away many shows planned for the fall. Many have just moved to next year, including a revival of “The Music Man” with Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster that was to start rehearsals on June 29 but will now open in May 2021.

Shows that were to open this spring have abandoned their plans, including “Hangmen” and a revival of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” A production of “The Minutes” by Tracy Letts and “American Buffalo” by David Mamet will arrive on Broadway in Spring 2021, opening exactly one year after their originally scheduled opening dates.


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Here's what's closed on July 4

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, the following closings and changes have been announced:

  • Winston-Salem city offices and Forsyth County offices will be closed Friday.
  • All state offices will be closed Friday.
  • All federal offices will be closed Friday.
  • Garbage collections today-Thursday will be on a normal schedule. Friday collections will be July 6.
  • Red week recycling collections will be on a normal schedule.
  • Yard-waste cart collections will be on a normal schedule.

Tornado damage at the Piedmont Aviation hangar at Smith Reynolds Airport on May 17, 1989. See more photos of the airport’s past at www.journalnow.com/gallery.


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National
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Police reel in Louisiana man captured swimming in fish tank

BOSSIER CITY, La. Police in Louisiana were able to reel in a man captured on video swimming through a fish tank at a sporting goods store.

Kevin Wise, 26, told KSLA-TV that he plunged into the indoor aquarium at a Bass Pro Shop in Bossier City last week to follow through on a promise he made to followers on the social media platform TikTok.

“I said that if I got 2,000 likes I would jump in the tank,” Wise said. “I got way more than that and didn’t want to be a liar.”

A video captured by shopper Treasure McGraw showed Wise swimming through the tank before climbing out and running from the store with wet clothes.

“We heard a big splash and I thought it was one of the fish,” McGraw told the news outlet. “My fiancé was like ‘somebody is in the tank’ and we saw the guy swimming.”

Bass Pro Shops filed a complaint with the Bossier City Police Department Friday, saying it cost them money to empty the 13,000 gallon aquarium and clean it after Wise’s swim, KTAL-TV reported.

Wise was charged with simple criminal damage to property and released with a citation to appear in court, police said.

Wise told KSLA-TV he planned on continuing to make videos for his followers, but cautioned others against doing similar “spur of the moment” pranks.


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Ask SAM: Why does Journal capitalize 'Black' now?

Q: Can you explain the reasoning behind the Journal’s recent move to capitalize the word ‘Black’ when referring to African American people or culture? And why is ‘Black’ capitalized but not ‘white’?

T.H.

Answer: The Journal, like many newspapers, follows The Associated Press stylebook, which was recently updated to capitalize the “b” in Black when referring to people in a racial, ethnic or cultural context. The revisions align with long-standing identifiers such as Latino, Asian American and Native American, and AP style is also now capitalizing the “i” in Indigenous in reference to the original inhabitants of a place. The AP said it expects to make a decision within the next month on whether to capitalize the “w” in white.

Reminder

SAM recently helped a reader who was having a problem with their plumbing, which turned out to be caused by the fact that the drain line had been clogged due to repeated flushing of baby wipes. With so many people spending more time at home nowadays, it’s important to remind folks not to do that — no, not even if the product claims to be “flushable.”

It’s not OK to flush anything other than toilet paper — not even facial tissue such as Kleenex, said Gale Ketteler, a spokeswoman for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities.

“If it doesn’t disintegrate under running water, it WILL clog your pipes or our pumps,” Ketteler said. That means a “big expense to everyone, not to mention the mess of raw sewage in your home or business,” she added.

In addition to what are referred to as “flushable wipes,” you shouldn’t flush diaper wipes, tampons, sanitary pads, and makeup towelettes, which can also cause sewage backups. They cannot be unblocked by hot water or soap, and should be tossed in the trash instead.

The city has set up a website with graphics and a video clip from the show “Adam Ruins Everything” to emphasize the point; you can see it at www.cityofws.org/2633/No-Wipes-in-Pipes.

The Utilities department says to “remember to only flush the four Ps: pee, poop, puke and (toilet) paper.”

Soiled paper products that cannot be flushed should be disposed of in sealed garbage bags, similar to if you were handling soiled diapers.

Thanks

One of the organizers of last Saturday’s shredding event and food-collection drive at Fries Memorial Moravian Church wrote in to thank those who participated and announce plans for another event. “Thank you to everyone for the overwhelming turnout we had this morning for our Shred Day and food collection for Sunnyside Ministry,” she wrote. “And apologies to those who waited patiently, but could not have their documents shredded because the shred truck filled to capacity well before noon! We will have another Shred Day on Sept. 12. We look forward to seeing everyone then!”

And to those who have asked, we do not currently know of any shred events in the month of July. If that changes, we will run a follow-up; the next events we have heard about are in August and September. Organizers can let us know about events at asksam@wsjournal.com.

Email: AskSAM@wsjournal.com